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Sony announces PlayStation smartphone integration with PlayLink



Social experiences are the focus with a range of new party games.

Sony revealed a new social games initiative prior to its E3 press conference this afternoon. Dubbed PlayLink, the program focuses on social experiences that use smartphones instead of traditional controllers. These games look to take a lot of inspiration from the Jackbox Party games, with an aim of bringing in people who don't normally play video games.

The first game Sony showed off was Hidden Agenda, a crime thriller from the makers of Until Dawn. Like Until Dawn, the decisions you make will change the way the story unfolds, but this time you'll be able to play with your friends using the PlayLink feature. Players will vote on critical choices using their smartphones, with the game giving different players hidden agendas they need to complete behind their companions' backs.
That's You! was the second PlayLink game shown off, and it looks to offer a more traditional social experience directly comparable to the Jackbox games. Players will take wacky photos of each other, draw doodles on their smartphones, answer truth-or-dare-style questions, and play a number of other light-hearted mini-games intended to create a more social experience accessible to non-gamers.

That's You! will be free for PlayStation Plus members when it releases on July 4.

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