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.