PlayLink brings mobile devices into the PlayStation 4’s ecosystem

Your phone is an integral part of your life, and Sony wants to include it in the PlayStation’s environment. But the company is done trying to bring first-party titles to phones and tablets. PlayLink, a new format for the popular brand, aims to merge mobile and traditional gaming.

Sony revealed PlayLink at E3 2017 yesterday along with five launch titles coming soon.

Mobile devices typically don’t get a ton of attention at the video game industry’s biggest event of the year, but last night Sony announced a new category of games that involves Android and iOS. PlayLink isn’t just about putting games on your phone or tablet. Instead, your phone or tablet is paired with the PlayStation 4 and a television for an entirely new experience.

A look at how PlayLink works

The launch titles include That’s You!, Hidden Agenda, Knowledge is Power, Frantics, and SingStar Celebration.

Sony says your mobile device’s touch-ready display, cameras, and sensors will be leveraged for “an exciting new way to play games with family and friends” on multiple screens. See, that’s what’s different from mobile games. Rather than being locked into your phone alone, you’re going to engage with those around you. And the social-based titles are, according to Sony, designed to attract people who normally don’t sit down and play games on a television or computer.

That’s You! will be released on July 4 at no cost for PlayStation Plus members, and the other titles should arrive later this year.

Source: Sony

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