Sony PlayStation Messages App Launched for Android and iOS

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Messaging your PlayStation friends just got a little easier.

When you tap the Messages tab in the PlayStation app, it launches PlayStation Messages. If a world filled with WhatsApp, WeChat, Snapchat and more isn’t enough, Sony has now given PlayStation 4 users a way of more fluidly communicating with one another.Sony and Facebook aren’t really competitors, but Sony is now following in the social media giant’s footsteps by releasing a standalone PlayStation Messages app for Android and iOS.

PlayStation Messages is available on both iOS and Android, and gives users the chance to interact with their PlayStation Network friends without having to deal with the often clunky experience of typing messages via the console using their controller and an on-screen keyboard. Microsoft made a big push for this with their SmartGlass initiative some time ago, but Sony have been taking a more subtle approach to things and have been leaning on the companion app side of things. The app itself keeps things very simple – it’s a straight up messaging app much like the ones you’re already used to, and it has stickers too, just like Facebook Messenger. After experiencing a pretty big failure with PlayStation Mobile it’s no surprise that Sony is cautious about embracing mobile platforms, meanwhile Nintendo will join the mobile party some time next year.

Facebook got a lot of flak when it chose to decouple is messaging feature from its main app, but the company’s proven that a dedicated messaging apps offers a much better user experience. PlayStation App is currently a basic messenger enabling gamers to send messages, voice notes, pictures and unique emoticons featuring the likes of Nathan Drake and Sackboy.

However, users would still need the full PlayStation app in order to learn about new game releases, the latest PS4 news and everything that is related to their PSN account. Predictably, there are a number of stickers of key PlayStation characters that players can use in their chats, and there’s also the ability to chat with people in groups of up to 100 players.

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