Sony’s PlayLink uses smartphones like Jackbox Games’ Party Packs
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Sony’s PlayLink uses smartphones like Jackbox Games’ Party Packs


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Sony used its E3 press conference pre-show to detail PlayLink for PS4, a selection of games that make use of your smartphone.

“PlayLink combines your smartphone or tablet device, TV and PS4 console, with a collection of brand new games that take advantage of the smartphone or tablet device’s touchscreen and camera capabilities,” Sony said of PlayLink in a new blog post.

“PlayLink titles are designed to be played in a group setting, allowing for a truly fun and dynamic experience. The collection of PlayLink games vary from gritty crime thrillers to quick-fire quizzes. If you have a smartphone or tablet, and your PS4 hooked up to a TV, you’re already set.

“PlayLink games turn your smartphone or tablet into a versatile controller – you can swipe, pinch, drag, tilt, rotate or even snap selfies and draw crafty doodles, depending on the game. No matter which title you choose from our PlayLink collection, it’s guaranteed to be a slick pick-up-and-play experience.”

Titles include That’s You!, Hidden Agenda, Frantics, SingStar Celebration and Knowledge Is Power.

That’s You! will require players to take selfies and draw annotations on their images in a quiz-style setup that very much reminds us of most titles in Jackbox Games’ Jackbox Party Packs.

That’s You! will be released free to all PlayStation Plus members on 4 July.

Here’s a trailer for Hidden Agenda, which operates in a similar manner:

We’ll have more on PlayLink as it’s made available.

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