Sony's PlayLink brings social, casual smartphone-connected gaming to your PS4

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Sony Computer Entertainment on Tuesday announced PlayLink, a new mobile gaming service created to pair the PlayStation 4 with a range of (Android) smartphones and tablets. After downloading the companion app, a user's iOS device will provide the ability to "swipe, pinch, drag, tilt, rotate or even snap selfies and draw crafty doodles, depending on the game". The collection now consists of five titles, one of which-Hidden Agenda-is made by Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games.

PlayLink is aimed at creating a fun, interactive way to play games in a social setting.

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. The concept of PlayLink is similar to Jackbox Party games that allow many players connect over their smartphones and play addictive and short games with each other. "No matter which title you choose from our PlayLink collection, it's guaranteed to be a slick pick-up-and-play experience", Sony said during the official announcement.

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Google , meanwhile, previewed new speaker features such as hands-free phone calling during its software conference last month. This is when Apple traditionally gives everyone a sneak peak at the next operating systems for iPads, iPhones and Macs.

Other games named for PlayLink are That's You!, Frantics, Singstar Celebration, and Knowledge Is Power. It's a comedy quick which challenges the player and five of their friends to answer questions that reveal how they really feel about each other. The trailer of PlayLink games show that these are a more social way to use the PlayStation console. The best part is, the devs looked at how people were playing Until Dawn and, with their next game, worked those trends into the gameplay of the new title.

That's You will be released on July 4, 2017, for the PlayStation 4.

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