Alongside the release of the PlayStation Vita, Sony will also be releasing a handful of social applications such as Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr and Facebook.
We have spent some time with each of these apps (with the exception of Facebook, which was unavailable at the time of writing), so have decided to give you a quick run down of each app ahead of the Vita’s arrival on Wednesday.
Everyone’s favourite 140 character website makes its debut on the PS Vita and to be honest its one of our favourite apps. Since we spend most of our life writing news and tweeting, this app couldn’t be any more perfect. Sporting a simple yet effective design, Sony’s LiveTweet app allows you to tweet on the go or if you wish during a game, thanks to the ability to hit the PS Button and switch between windows.
Like we say, it’s a fairly simple design, allowing you to write tweets, check your messages and any discussions (@) involving yourself. You can create tweets, add attachments, such as captured screenshots or photos you have taken with the Vita, check your lists and search for other users.
Livetweet is perfect for those who can’t stay away from this highly popular social site, and even more perfect for those who have a 3G Vita, since it’ll be another way to tweet on the go.
The next app we managed to check out was FourSquare, a location-based social networking app which allows you to “check-in” at venues using your GPS, with each check-in awards the user points and sometimes badges.
Based on the above it would seem like this application more suited to those with a 3G Vita, although many coffee shops and fast food restaurants, such as McDonalds do have free WiFi.
The application itself seems very well designed, and although I’ve not really used FourSquare much in the past myself, I can see how it would appeal. There are plenty of options included within the app, such as the ability to sign up, find friends, check in and explore the area. One thing I found particularly interesting was that you can search for specific services, therefore if you are looking for a nearby coffee shop you can enter this in the search bar and be met with a list of results; again handy if you have a 3G Vita.
FourSquare certainly looks like it’ll be a handy app to own, if not only for checking in from your favourite coffee shop now and again while playing on your PlayStation Vita.
Oh and I also just found out that my favourite baker will once again be selling the best hot X Buns ever. Thanks, FourSquare.
The last app we managed to check out was Flickr and it looks fantastic. Flickr basically allows you to store photos online and also check out others. The design of this application is without a doubt the best out of the three.
Looking at any photo brings up the picture on the left hand side of the screen, while any information accompanying the image will be displayed on the right. You can even read comments and add your own if you have an opinion on any of the photos and of course if you add you own photos you can also discuss these with others.
The beauty of Flickr is that it’s yet another social website, allowing you to invite friends to share your experiences when you are out and about. Wherever you are, Flickr will allow you to take photos with the PS Vita and then instantly upload them, allowing you to share them with friends, it’s great really.
Another neat thing about Flickr is that you can change the layout, therefore giving you the ability to put your most used areas to the top, be it your Recent Activity, Recent Uploads or anything else.
What’s to come
Sony will of course be releasing Facebook alongside the above free apps on launch day, while others will no doubt follow in the future. You will also gain a new app thanks to the most recent firmware, which adds in Google Maps, another decent app, although quite basic compared to those on smartphones.
We all know the Vita is no iPhone in the area of apps, however for gamers with a social side these are very welcome and what’s more, they’re free, so we have nothing to complain about.