Sony is adding more ways to get connected and socialise with friends online. Just recently, the company has launched its standalone PlayStation Messages app on the iOS and Android platforms.

The app allows everyone chat with the other PlayStation Network users privately or in a group of up to 100 people. The app was previously integrated into the PlayStation App. Similar to Facebook, those who haven’t downloaded the PlayStation Messages app yet will be prompted to download the app when they attempt to access their chats in the PlayStation app.

PlayStation Messages allows users to send text, voice notes, attachments and stickers from popular PlayStation games.The app will only display friends with a PlayStation Network (PSN) account. The users will still be able to access the PlayStation Messages app from inside the primary PlayStation App.

The PlayStation app will continue to keep PlayStation fans updated with the latest news and information on buying and playing games. There are a variety of ways that users can organise their contacts list. Friends lists can be managed alphabetically or, the more useful approach, an online status basis of whether a friend is online or not. The ‘favorites’ tab in PlayStation Messages will allow users to mark individuals or groups as their favourite for easy and quick access to the conversations.

In a recent update on PlayStation Blog by John Koller, Vice President, PlayStation Brand Marketing, SCEA said that messages is the most used feature of the PlayStation App. Taking this into consideration, Sony has created a standalone app with a more efficient design. According to Koller, PlayStation Messages app, will help PSN account holders communicate faster than ever before. He also said that making a socially connected PS4 experience have been a goal and the company is sure to deliver it to PlayStation fans.

Recently, DualShockers reported that Sony has also released an update for its official companion application, the PlayStation App. The PlayStation App links with PSN account allowing users to browse the PlayStation Store, blog posts, system guides and manuals.

With the latest update, PlayStation App lets users follow verified accounts of select designers, producers, developers, and community managers. The app also tracks activities with “What’s New” tab. The new PlayStation Messages and the updated version of PlayStation App are now available on iOS and Android.

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Introducing the new PlayStation App (Credit: YouTube/SonyPlayStation)