So, hey, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 this afternoon and, as was rumored, it'll have some neat mobile and tablet functionality. Via "applications" on your phone or a tablet, you'll be able to browse players' videos, converse with them, and also challenge them to a match. The presenter at tonight's event added that we'll be to "keep in touch with the revolving world of game," too, whatever that means.

And here's something else: Sony seems to be pushing Remote Play via PS Vita pretty hard with this console. From what we're gathering, this functionality will be built into the hardware this time around courtesy Gakkai's architecture, which should make it snappier and much nicer looking. Phones or tablets weren't mentioned for this, but who knows? It would make sense -- and line up with the "control your console with your phone" part of the rumor we heard this morning.

Overall, the presentation has revolved around a couple of buzzwords, including "cloud" and "social" and "simple." Digital is the one catching our eyes. With this new console, you'll be able to play the games you download almost instantly. This is kinda like the App Store in a way. If you see a game, you grab it, and then you're playing in seconds. This sort of immediacy is an important part of why we're so in into mobile, so we think it's neat to see a console trying to speed up the game delivery process, too.

Anyway, it'll be interesting to see and hear more about the PS4 and its feature set as the hype train really starts rolling. If we hear anything else about its connection to phones or tablets, we'll let you know.

UPDATE: Sony has kinda fleshed out what we learned from the press event in a recent press release. In addition to the noted stuff above, the PlayStation App (as it's being called) will also enable your phone to function as a second screen. You know, similar to Microsoft's SmartGlass app. Here's the relevant part:

A new application from SCE called PlayStation App will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens. Once 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.

  • Greyskull

    I don't want to talk to other console gamers! :sigh: Very little is more embarrassing than having company over while you play a multiplayer game with the in-game chat routed through your stereo (or 5-7.1 audio) system. Buncha 13 year old heavy breathers.

    • homosaur

      Yeah I'd much rather hang out with all the 13 year olds who do nothing but bitch about black bars on iPhone 5 and games costing $3.

      • homosaur

        Oh I get it now, you mean literally talk. I assumed most of it would be via chat, who wants to talk on a phone in game? Then again, I didn't watch the video, I only care about the PS4 in the sense that it might be a preview of Xbox 720 tech.

  • MrAlbum

    I like the connection of one's account to a mobile device, since it makes it much easier to manage your account this way. However, if the integration extends to browsers or other forms of Internet connectivity (which is what the "World of Game" bit seems to translate to), a big question would be asked:

    Would the same functions be carried out faster and more efficiently via other apps?

    I could be interpreting that statement incorrectly. We may never know until more details surface. But it could become important....

  • B3nlok

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....Call me when someone innovates in VR area.

    • accidentaldesign

      You could argue that it IS virtual reality. It's just not ON YOUR FACE.

    • bddo

      Ring ring. Check out the 'Oculus Rift' kickstarter. Our VR dreams are coming true!

      • fybaton

        This.

        Very excited for the Oculus Rift.

    • MidianGTX

      VR? Is this the 80s or something? Talk about the most boring and overhyped aspect of gaming since... ever.

      • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

        Even worse than the 3D BS they have tried to jam down our throats every 10 years since the 50's.

      • Greyskull

        Is that Battletech arcade game still around? It came out in the early 90's IIRC, only a couple units ever existed, and you sat in a cockpit surrounded by screens. I don't think VR has progressed much past that.

      • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

        I remember playing that at a Dave & Busters in Chicago...made me a little nauseous if I remember correctly.

  • echo_pdx

    That kinda functionality coming to tablets and smartphones...? Unless you were simply looking for some tangible link between TA and this announcement, that is some seriously wishful thinking, guys. ;p

    Also, what Greyskull said. I can think of maybe two people I would want to talk to via that function, and they're typically over here when I bother to dust off a console, sooo.....

    • Doctor U

      I completely agree. Remote play has been around so long and is never used.

      Also remote play, even with the PS4 will be worthless because I seriously doubt you'll be able to play outside of your home network.

      In the end PS4 is the PS3 with more HP and no imagination.

      • FlipBeef97

        I agree with you, and I JUST bought my PS3, and now they want us to buy a NEW PS System????? Uh... NO........... O_O

      • mr ed209

        Oh dear Flipbeef97. You appear not to have understood that a) the PS4 isn't out till the end of the year, b) there was absolutely no way whatsoever they could have avoided the fact that people will buy a PS3 on the day a PS4 is announced and c) the same thing happens every time a company announces a new version of an old product that's still on sale.

        You are not special.

      • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

        You could have cut out the first paragraph and it would have summed it up perfectly anyway.

      • Greyskull

        I wouldn't worry. PS2 has just ceased production IIRC (and Fifa 13 is available for it...yes, the PS2). The original playstation was manufactured for 10+ years. If the past is any prediction of the future, you'll have plenty of games, both new and old to last you a long time. I just hope MY PS3 never dies (I have the "good" fat PS3 with the "Emotion" chip, full PS2 backwards compatibility).

      • MidianGTX

        That's what I wanted. An upgraded gaming system to play games on. Imagination makes people do stupid things, like create a Wii U. Just give me a powerful PS3 that'll play fantastic games.

      • B3nlok

        "In the end PS4 is the PS3 with more HP and no imagination."

        Pretty much this, sadly.

  • m44

    Realistically no adult carries around a vita. They should focus on cross play between phones and consoles instead.

  • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

    The PS4 controller has a touch screen, so it's only fitting for toucharcade to write about it

    • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

      It's not a touchscreen, it's a touch sensitive surface. The PS VIta has a touchscreen though.

      • Benegesserit

        Yeah so instead of what people liked about the Vita (touchscreen) they went with the thing that no one cared about (the touch pad on the back of the Vita)

  • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

    The article failed to mention a very important tidbit from Sony's press release:

    A new application from SCE called “PlayStation®App” will enable iPhone, iPad, and AndroidTM based smartphones and tablets*3 to become second screens. Once 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.

    • Greyskull

      Yeah, that's all great for those of us with perfect reading vision but horrible distance vision. I love having to constantly take off and put on my eyeglasses depending of I'm looking at the TV, a tablet, or my phone.

  • qpcloudy

    But can I use my iPhone as a remote control while watching videos and blu ray? That's what I want.

  • Benegesserit

    How is the digital distribution like the app store? You don't wait "seconds" before playing unless it's a tiny casual app. You have to wait for the full download and install of a game for iOS unlike this which lets you stream a title and play it while it's downloading.