In the future, you can expect pretty much every device you have to talk to each other. Your phone will talk to your toaster, and your toaster to your TV, and in that discussion, your TV knows that you’ve just made some toast and it’s obviously time to tune into breakfast TV or cartoons, with your phone alerting you when you need to leave to work.
But we’re not quite there yet, and we take this interaction and communication between gadgets one step a time, and as entertainment often paves the way for technological changes, that communication between gadgets is being changed too because of technology.
From today, you won’t necessarily need to be sitting in front of a TV to play video games on Sony’s next generation video game system, the PlayStation 4.
Currently, Sony is rolling out an update to the PS4 bringing the console up to version 2.0, and while that brings in some themes and voice controls, it also brings WiFi connected control for the gaming system, making it possible to play games on the PS4 when you’re not in front of it.
To make this happen, you’ll need a Sony Xperia phone, and a recent one at that, with the Z3 and Z3 Compact required on the phone side of things, and the Z3 Tablet Compact slate computer being the first devices to let you do this.
Sony’s DualShock 4 controllers will work with the phone, we’re told, and there will even be a mount (GCM10) to bring the controller and phone together, making it possible to play those games from anywhere in your home.
And there’s good news, too, for owners of the Xperia Z2, as the technology will also be rolled out to in the next few weeks, an update to what Sony told us back in September.
One thing of note is location, and this will — at present time — only work from inside your home, with no 3G or 4G external streaming, meaning no LittleBigPlanet or Uncharted on the bus.
That said, it’s the first step, and that could come. We might even see Microsoft’s Xbox follow suit with its own similar version for Windows Phones, but who knows.
We’ll let you know when we do, that’s for sure.