Put The PSN In Your Pocket With An Official PlayStation App

Microsoft and Nintendo do not, for various reasons, want to release official applications on the iPhone or Android platforms. Sony, thankfully, has no such qualms.

This is the Official PlayStation App, which has been available since January for Sony fans living in Europe. It's only now become available in Australia, though (Australia being an SCEE market... don't ask), so it's only now that I'm getting a chance to take a good look at it!

For a free app, it's got pretty much everything you'd want in an official application. You can see your friends list, see what they're playing, compare trophies, check a master games list and read the PlayStation.Blog. It's also been optimised for iPhone 4 customers, making it look extra-swank.

About the only complaint I have is that it's so slow to load some features; the clip above was recorded using my home's Wi-Fi, but on the road and using 3G the "My PSN" section takes an eternity to load.

I'm not sure why this isn't also available in North America, but if you live in the US or Canada and can get this working, you should be fine as the only things that appear region-specific are the PlayStation.Blog news feeds, and most of those articles are the same worldwide regardless.

The Official PlayStation App is available for the iPhone, iPad and Android, and is free.

Official PlayStation App [iTunes]


    It's a very pretty app, but having to re-login all the time can be painful, especially with that tiny username and password box. Apparently they're working on a fix for it.

    There were apps with the same functionality before, but they didn't look quite as pretty, and they weren't free.

    In the meantime, it's nice to be able compare trophies while I'm out and about.

    I would also love the ability to send messages. The message system in the PS3 is clunky at best, even with a keyboard attached to the console.

    This would make it a lot easier to send messages. Even while you are at home sitting playing a game, this would be useful.

    I'm betting if this was done, their message system would get used a lot more often!

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