A new PlayStation App is being released today and it looks set to be a big update on the older version. As revealed by Sony earlier this week, the new PlayStation App will start rolling out today, October 28, 2020. This should be released as a simple update for phone users to find on their chosen App Store.
And its timing to arrive just before the release of the new PS5 console is no coincidence, with the tech confirming some interesting next-gen features.
According to the latest announcement made by Sony, the new PlayStation App will allow gamers to remotely launch PS5 games.
Not only will you be able to do that with your shiny new console, but you’ll also have the option to manage storage on your console if you run out of space while downloading a game.
It will also be possible to sign in to your PS5 straight from the PS App, which could prove useful in the future.
A message from Sony explains: “We’re introducing new ways to amplify your connections with friends and the games you love to play even when you’re away from your console.
“We’re pleased to unveil the updated PlayStation App, reimagined to enhance your gaming experiences on both PS4 and PS5.
“Starting later today, the PS App will begin to roll out globally through updates on iOS (12.2 or later) and Android (6.0 or later) mobile devices.
“The PS App introduces fresh features such as voice chat, native PS Store integration, and a smoother experience delivered in an all-new design.”
And here’s the official list of new features that will be coming as part of the PlayStation App update:
Updated user interface – The first thing you’ll notice is the sleek new user interface of the redesigned PS App. The new home screen lets you quickly see what your friends are playing and access details about your recently played games, including your Trophy List.
Messages integration – For a unified experience, the PS Messages app feature will now be integrated in the updated PS App so you can seamlessly message your friends all in one place. As part of this integration, PS Messages will no longer be available as a standalone app. Your existing messages and threads in PS Messages will be carried over to the updated PS App.
Voice Chat and Party Groups – You can now create party groups from PS App, and voice chat with up to 15 other friends though your mobile phone. Also, a note to fans: the PlayStation team is looking into your feedback around the Parties changes introduced in the PS4 system software update 8.00. There are no updates to share today, but thanks for speaking up about your concerns – we’re listening and evaluating.
Natively integrated PlayStation Store and remote downloads – The new native PS Store experience enables fast and smooth shopping and browsing, with the ability to remotely download games and add-ons directly to your PS4 and PS5.
New features for PS5 – When PS5 arrives, you’ll be able to remotely launch games, manage storage on your console if you run out of space while downloading a game, and quickly sign in to PS5 straight from the PS App.
All the latest PlayStation news – The Explore tab surfaces Official News from game developers and PS Blog content to help you stay up to date with the world of PlayStation.
As confirmed by Sony in a recent blog post, gamers will need to use their existing PlayStation account to access the new app.
And if you don’t have one yet, this might be a good time to register one before your PS5 console is delivered.