Yesterday evening was an exciting for gaming fans everywhere, even if your allegiances did not lie in the ‘PlayStation Nation’. Sony gave gamers worldwide the first glimpse into the next-generation of video game consoles, and announced the PlayStation 4 gaming console (flashy highlights here, full two-hour event here). There’s a number of ways the PlayStation 4 is ambitious, but the promise of a more mobile-friendly experience was among the top of features announced. However, it appears Sony still considers every part of Microsoft its competitor and that means Windows users could miss out on key functionality.
The aforementioned mobile-friendly experience will come by way of the newly announced PlayStation App, which will be released for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Sony says the app will make your device ”become second screens” to compliment the PlayStation Network’s capabilities with the new console:
Once [the PlayStation App is] installed on these devices, users can, for example, see maps on their second screens when playing an adventure game, purchase PS4 games while away from home and download it directly to the console at home, or remotely watch other gamers playing on their devices.
However, if you were paying attention to the list of platforms Sony listed support for, there are two glaring omissions: Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms. While companies can still attempt to justify not supporting Windows Phone by pointing to its market share, Windows 8 has already sold more than 60 million licenses worldwide. That’s a ginormous chunk of the market for a developer to ignore, let alone a company promising a ubiquitous mobile experience on all popular platforms to tie into their next-generation video game console.
Obviously, the world of gaming won’t suddenly collapse should Sony choose not to support Microsoft’s modern platforms by the time their console launches. After all, we would bet a gajillion dollars that the next-generation Xbox has support for the comparable SmartGlass — a second screen app available on all popular platforms. It is Sony’s market to lose, but we hope they wise up and swallow their pride.
Source: Sony (PDF)