If you are are a PlayStation Plus member you will be the first to experience PlayLink for PS4. The new PlayLink technology was introduced at this years E3 conference. The PlayLink interface allows game developers to design highly interactive games utilizing a tablet or smartphone as the interface. This allows a greater engagement with friends and family centered around game specially designed for PlayLink for PS4.
That’S You! PlayLink Game Launched
This month Sony launched PlayLink for PlayStation Plus with a the game called “That’s You!” from Wish Studios. The party game supports up to 6 players that can connect via a tablet or smartphone to use as the controller.
As Sony explains in their FAQ for That’s You! , players will need a mobile device running Android 4.4 or later or iOS 9 or later and must have the google play or itunes app installed. User then can use their Wi-Fi connection to link all the controller and PS4.
Hidden Wi-Fi Hotspot on PS4 !
If your Wi-Fi connection is unavailable in your game room, PlayStation 4 owners can activate a hidden hardware feature of Playstation 4. This feature allows the PS4 console to act as a wi-Fi hotspot to connect devices. As Wish Studio’s CEO mentions:
“Wish was one of the first developers involved in PlayLink, and it’s been fantastic to help explore and define what this thing is all about. We started prototyping around three-and-a-half years ago, exploring the potential of this new interface for console gaming.
We also had a long-running technology development track, to deliver a stable experience with two-to-six devices playing over Wi-Fi, and to make the connection process as low-friction as possible. We worked with the PlayStation system team to enable a hidden hardware feature, where players can use their PS4 as a Wi-Fi hotspot, if they don’t have Wi-Fi in their game room. There’s a lot going on under the hood of these titles, geared around good networking, ease-of-use, and accessibility.”
In order to activate the HotSpot you can follow the below directions. Note that when the hotspot is activated on PS4 console, the internet/PSN features will be disabled and internet will not be available to wi-fi connected devices.
PS4 Wi-Fi Hotspot
Connect your mobile devices to the Wi-Fi Hotspot created by your PS4 system:
Start ‘That’s You!’ on your PS4 system.
On the main ‘That’s You!’ menu on your PS4, press the OPTIONS button on the DualShock 4 wireless controller. On your PS4, select [Wi-Fi hotspot] > [Yes] > [Yes] to show the Wi-Fi hotspot details. On each mobile device go to the Settings menu and under Wi-Fi settings select the PS4 hotspot that you’ve just enabled.
This is the first title that Sony has released for PlayLink on PS4 this month. Stay tuned for more new releases for Playlink by PlayStation!