While E3 wraps up its last few days at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Sony today announced PlayLink for the PlayStation 4. The new app, headed to both the App Store and Google Play, connects your iOS device to your PS4 through new games with touch screen controls. The upcoming PlayLink titles will focus on group play, and range from gritty crime thrillers to quick-fire quizzes, according to Sony.
A press photo for Sony's rumored camera attachment for Apple and Android devices has been leaked. According to SonyAlphaRumors, the Sony DSC-QX10 (pictured below) and DSC-QX100 "lens cameras" feature a "built-in sensor, Bionz processor, WiFi/NFC wireless connection and a SD card slot." Users will be able to control the lens cameras directly from their smartphone or tablet via WiFi or NFC, or use it as a separate device.
Sony is expected to announce two models at its IFA press conference on September 4th. One will feature a RX100MII sensor and Carl Zeiss lens, and the other will be equipped with a 10x zoom lens with 18MP CMOS sensor.
Sure we know the iPhone 5 will feature a larger screen, thinner profile, metal back and LTE capabilities. What about the front and rear-facing cameras that iPhone owners use every day? 9to5Mac explains that despite having even less space in the iPhone 5, Apple must upgrade the camera systems to keep pace with competitors.
Reports surfaced earlier this year that the front-facing FaceTime camera would be upgraded to HD quality. At the time, it was rumored that Apple would stick with the 8-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 4S camera. Since then, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony have been steadily improving their mobile cameras.
Pretty soon, PlayStation devotees around the world will be able to explore all things PlayStation using Sony's official iOS application. Running on iOS 4 or later, the app has already been released in selected European countries. The app will roll out to other countries soon.
Launched so far in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and the UK, Sony's PlayStation app makes it possible to access the PlayStation Network. Users can see their trophies and whether or not their gaming friends are online.
Sony may have brought us the Walkman, but Apple has been dominating portable music players in recent years with the iPod. With the release of the iPhone and iPod Touch, Apple is pushing further into Sony's territory with mobile gaming. Apple's AppStore has even started to attract major game developers.
The PlayStation Portable (PSP) has sold over 50 million units in the last four years, but Apple is quickly catching up, with 40 million video-game-capable units sold in only two years. According to the Nikkei Business Daily, Sony intends to compete directly with Apple's iPhone with its own mobile phone.