Sony PlayStation 4 to feature some sort of mobile (Android?) support

by: Chris SmithFebruary 11, 2013


Not all Android device owners are avid console gamers, but those of you that are surely know that Sony has a special February 20 media event to unveil its next-gen PlayStation model, the PlayStation 4. But since Sony also makes Android devices, will the PS4 feature some sort of Android integration and/or support for Android devices?

According to Nikkei, via Engadget, the PS4 will act like a home entertainment “nerve center,” focusing “on the hardware’s ability to connect and share to mobile devices.” That’s certainly not surprising in a world where mobile devices are more and more important.

After all, it only makes sense to see Sony try to offer mobile services to PS4 owners, no matter what mobile platform they use. But considering Sony’s PlayStation-related mobile gaming ambitions we shouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of Android integration in the future PlayStation model, especially for Sony devices.

Sure, the device will most likely feature a new design and improved specs, but it will also come with a lot of other uses. Let’s not forget that Microsoft is taking a similar approach with its Xbox console. Xbox services are already built-in the Windows Phone mobile OS, and the company offers an Xbox SmartGlass companion app for Android devices.

Will Sony have similar PS4-related apps for Android devices? We’ll find out more details next week.

What’s certain is that, together with the Xbox and Wii, the PlayStation is one of the most important gaming devices out there. But the trio is definitely under a lot of pressure from mobile smart devices that are themselves great gadgets for playing more and more console-grade games, no matter what OS they operate.

That means Sony, and everyone else in the console gaming business, will have to let their next-gen products connect to mobile devices for some kind of shared gaming experience.

  • lalal

    Its going to be the best if android helps.

  • Michael Barno

    It would also be good if Sony did it for iOS too. After all, most people have iPhones, and the PS4 would sell better

    • Glen Yerkey

      “Android had a worldwide smartphone market share of 75% during the third quarter of 2012,[19] with 500 million devices activated in total and 1.3 million activations per day.” -wiki.

      • neowiz73

        according to Forbes, Chuck Jones reported the comScore not that long ago (2/6/2013), android has 54% while Apple with 34%, and Apple has been gaining on Android recently with 51% of total sales through the 4th quarter of last year, where as Android has held to only 44% of total sales.

        just saying, wiki is not be the best source for info. And I support Android as a platform of choice.

        But overall I think it behooves any company at this stage of the game to be cross platform. because I’m sure we will see a lot of transition from one platform to another over the next few years.

    • DeAno Jackson

      Most people do NOT have iPhones. Not sure where you’re hearing that.

      Having said, it would be better for it to be on both devices, but iOS is problematic because it’s such a closed system.

      • LowSpeed

        Well I can tell you have not clue what you are talking about. I develop for both OS and Android is by far the worse system out of then all.

        4 years of IOS development and 3 for Android along with every other developer that has every worked on mobile applications. YOU ARE WRONG BUDDY

        • no way man, the Atari ST is way better than the Amiga. oops sorry, wrong decade.

        • iOS is shit

        • DeAno Jackson

          Um…I actually talk to the people at Sony’s Santa Monica offices that are responsible for making the mobile apps for PlayStation, and what I just said is what they told me. iOS likes to keep everything closed and doing things like getting onto the Sony Entertainment Network just doesn’t work like it should and it’s easier to accomplish on Android, according to them.

          Let’s see…game developers that I’ve known for six years and actually working on the project at hand or some guy on a comments thread that I only know as ‘LowSpeed’ and will very likely never see again…yup, I’m going to take their word over yours.


    • brian watkins

      most people are followers

    • iOs is dying a slow death brought to you by Android

    • melody

      don’t worry, Apple will most likely follow suit by making their own “next-gen console” :D

      Beside, if Sony tried to support iOS, what can they do ?
      support for Apple’s 8-pin lightning dock connector in PS4 ? :D

      With android, Sony has lot more freedom. They can make PS4 able to play Android apps & game, if they want to.
      That would be unlikely with iOS.

      And I believe Microsoft will follow suit in their next Xbox720.
      We might be able to run WinRT apps or even Win8 in next Xbox720 (lol ^^, who knows).

  • bnp26

    it really would be a good idea , imagine play android games and sync your device wireless… ^.^

  • Marvin Nakajima

    Considering that Sony offers (or did offer) Google TV devices, I submit that if Android will be included in the PS4 that it will most likely take the form of GoogleTV being integrated into the console in some way.

  • Daniel Gaunt

    I think the Orbis software pictures leaked a while ago already gave this “rumour” away

  • Sony would be smart to at least do something similar to Xbox’s Smart Glass.

  • smart move Sony!