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In preparation for the PlayStation 5 release, Sony released an update to its Remote Play app earlier this month. Now the main PlayStation app gets a major overhaul that is designed to complement the gaming experience of both the PS4 and PS5 consoles. The PS application has been completely redesigned and is provided with new features such as voice chat and, of course, native integration of the PS Store.
The first thing users are likely to notice is that the user interface itself has been updated. I’m not the biggest fan of design, but maybe this rounded bottom navigation bar will be cooler in reality? There is a new home screen that shows what your friends are playing, as well as key details about your recently played games. Sony has integrated functionality from the PS Messages app into this new app to serve as a one-stop shop for seamless messaging between gamers. (Existing messages and threads will be transferred.)
The focus on communication continues with voice chat. Party groups can be created directly from the app, and users can vote in chat with up to 15 friends. The PlayStation Store is now in the front and in the center, and with the built-in integration of the PS Store comes the ability to remotely download games and add-ons directly to the PS4 and PS5.
Once the PS5 launches, the app will allow owners to remotely launch games, manage console storage and quickly access the console directly from their phone. Finally, the Explore tab includes information for game developers and a PlayStation blog to keep users updated.
The application began to be distributed worldwide today on devices with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and newer versions. If you haven’t received the update yet, you can download it directly from the Mirror APK, access new things like voice chat and a smoother experience provided in a completely new design.
The article has been updated to include the APK file for this new version.