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PlayStation App Won't Give You Any Games

David Gilbert


PlayStation App Won't Give You Any Games

When we heard Sony was planning to release a PlayStation app for Android and iPhone devices, understandably we got a little excited. Were they really going to allow you to play PlayStation games on your phone, we asked ourselves? Ah no, no they’re not. At all.

The PlayStation app, which will be free to download “very soon”, will not give you access to any games but instead will let you “discover all the latest games, read all the announcements and check out your PlayStation network trophies.” So it is, in effect, pointless, unless of course you really want to show off to your friends the trophies you have won at home on Gran Turismo 5.

With all the hoopla surround the imminent arrival of the PSP Phone or Zeus from Sony Ericsson, this app is just another disappointment as we wait for a real PS gaming experience on a phone. While version 1.0 will be released in a number of countries in the Europe including the UK, we can hope that in future releases we might get access to some PlayStation gaming content. “There are tons more features we are planning to bring to this app in the next few months so keep an eye on the PlayStation.Blog for further announcements early next year,” the official PlayStation Blog said.

The app, when it becomes available, will be available on Apple iOS 4 or above and any Android version 1.6 (Donut) or higher. When you compare this offering to Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live hub, well let’s just say it’s one nil to Microsoft. The Xbox Live hub had titles such as Castlevania, Halo: Waypoint, Star Wars, Crackdown, and Guitar Hero available from launch.


December 17, 2010, 6:40 pm

I'm surprised it's taken them this long to do something like this. It's a great idea, in if you can't play games through it.

Still waiting on that, okay-but-nothing-special-playstation phone.


December 17, 2010, 6:57 pm

What the hell is going on over there at Sony Ericsson? They're finding ways to suck that I couldn't even think of. No one's expecting a full blown Uncharted, Red Dead or God of War, but Christ something more than promo crapware please. I don't think anyone was really saying, "Hmm, how can I port the almighty experience of PlayStation Home trailer cinemas onto my phone?"


December 17, 2010, 8:59 pm

I'm not surprised at all. Why would they release a fully functional game playing free app before their flagship ps3 phone is released? Surely they would wait until the new phone is ready and release it at the same time to get maximum exposure. This makes perfect sense to me.


December 17, 2010, 11:42 pm

lol, as if there weren't enough spam apps on 'phones now.


December 18, 2010, 5:18 pm

Was really hoping for remote play functionality so I could watch TV and recorded shows like I can on my PSP.


December 20, 2010, 3:18 pm

@GoldenGuy - agree totally.

Sony's ethos seems to be to punish and irritate all potential customers just in case some do evil later. I stopped liking Sony after the rootkit fiasco.

And does anyone believe the PS3 phone will really be released, either at all, or in a form anyone will care about? The current blurry pictures don't fill me with joy, anyway.

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