New Sony smartphone streams PS4 games

05/09/2014

Sony has launched its latest range of smartphones and tablets, capable of streaming PlayStation 4 games, as mobile and console gaming slowly begin to merge.

Watch this promo video for the Z3 here:


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Owners of the new Z3 phone will be able to attach the new devices to an existing PS4 controller via a special mount to play titles powered by the console's processors.

Until now this "remote play" facility had only been offered to the firm's PlayStation Vita handheld console.

The move aims to give Sony a competitive dge over other Android manufacturers, and Microsoft which currently has no comparable service on its Xbox One or the Windows Phone platform.

The Japanese company also unveiled a new smartwatch and a fitness tracker at a press conference in Berlin, ahead of the start of the Ifa tech show.

The Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact all rely on a wi-fi link to control the PS4 and view the graphics it generates.

The firm suggests the feature will appeal to gamers who have to share use of the living room TV.

The launches come a month after Sony cut its smartphone sales forecast by 14% for this financial year, saying its original figure was too "optimistic".

The firm's global handset market share has slipped from 3.9% to 3.1% over the past year, according to research firm IDC, as Chinese rivals have made gains.

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