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We arrive at this rumor through the convoluted and deeply obscure process of Rumor Parthenogenesis: ignorance (willful or otherwise), poor grammar skills, reason-occluding zeal, and other vices and handicaps cause a fact to spontaneously develop, or mutate, in new rumor directions.
We begin where the rumor ended, with Examiner.com's Steven Ruygrok, whose post carried the revealing headline, "PlayStation 4 to feature app on iPhone 6 and other iterations (Photos)"
"The PlayStation 4 has just been revealed by Sony and it now looks like there will be an exclusive PlayStation app that will be coming to mobile devices such as the iPhone 6," he declares, already modifying the headline, but making sure he works in a second reference to "iPhone 6" for search engine optimization.
"According to a report from Sony Rumors on Wednesday, the PlayStation 4 will be utilizing a new phone app that can integrate with a home PS4," Ruygrok writes, blissfully unaware of the hilarity of talking about a "report" from a site with "rumors" in its name.
"Sony did not unveil everything on Wednesday, nor should they have done so, and this apparently seems to be one of the items that was left off the docket," he concludes. As we know, the iOSphere abhors a vacuum, or an unfilled docket.
"Sure Sony talked about taking the PlayStation 4 and its arsenal of games beyond the console but only hints of tablet and smartphone functionalities were shown," Osati groused. "When the tablet was shown, it was, unsurprisingly, a Sony tablet. This of course begged the question, were Sony's ambitions limited to Android or would they also offer the extended experience via the PlayStation app to the most popular platform in the world, iOS, which encompasses the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch?"
But apparently Sony didn't beg the question but answered it, rather forthrightly, in the press release for its announcement Feb. 20 in New York City of the upcoming PlayStation 4 game console. BGR puts it into context: with PS4, Sony will enable "second screens" - permitting other mobile devices, including Sony's own 5-inch PlayStation Vita handheld to wirelessly display and play a game running on the console.
As part of this, according to the press release, "A new application from [Sony] called "PlayStationApp" will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens. Once installed on these devices, users can, for example, see maps on their second screens when playing an adventure game, purchase PS4 games while away from home and download it directly to the console at home, or remotely watch other gamers playing on their devices."
PlayStationApp might even run on the iPhone 5 or even the iPhone 4S. So we traveled from Sony's partial introduction of its next generation game player to its general, platform-agnostic, mobile second screen plan, to the unannounced iPhone 6.