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Sony’s PlayLink links your phone to your PS4 for multiplayer minigame madness

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You'd be forgiven for wondering just what the heck Sony's PlayLink is. Rumoured to have been pulled from the publisher's E3 2017 press conference at the last-minute due to Wi-Fi issues (a problem that the poor souls trying to liveblog the event can attest to), PlayLink was instead pushed out via a press release, whereupon it was completely subsumed by the maelstrom of E3. That's a shame, because Sony's latest take on the so-called "second screen" experience—where games are played using phones and tablets alongside a TV and a PlayStation 4—is lots of fun, so long as you have some like-minded buddies to play with.

Using a phone or a tablet to enhance a film, video game, or TV show played out on a big-screen certainly isn't a new idea, though it hasn't exactly taken the world by storm either. The feature all but disappeared from the PlayStation Vita, while the most high-profile use on the Xbox (where it's called Smartglass) died a death alongside Lionhead's Fable Legends.

PlayLink differs in that it isn't an add-on to an existing game, but a collection of smaller party games explicitly designed for group play—kind of like the Jackbox series of trivia games, but much more involved. Up to five players—each with their own Android or iOS device and a copy of the free PlayLink app—can play together. All you have to do is make sure they're all on the same Wi-Fi network.

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Download the first level of ‘Hitman’ for free on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Hitman: Free download

Hitman, one of our favorite games of 2016, just had its first level released for free on PS4, Xbox One and PC. This announcement comes just days after the game's developer, Io-Interactive, split with publisher Square Enix, becoming completely independent and taking control of the rights to the Hitman IP.

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The 10 most exciting games of E3 2017

Best Games of E3 2017

E3 2017 has only just begun for those in attendance, but for the rest of us, the show is basically over.

EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo spent the past four days unveiling and showing off dozens of new games that will be out some time in the next year or so, and we're still trying to wrap our heads around it all. Now that I've had some time to think it over, I've rounded up the ten most exciting games that made an appearance at E3 this year. Some were brand new, others had been previously unveiled, but these are the ten games that I'm most anticipating after seeing them at E3 2017.

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Sony continues to lock PS4 players out of cross-platform play

Enlarge / They need to add a tiny "not on PlayStation 4" disclaimer in tiny blocks...

This E3 has been a good one for many who are fans of playing online games with friends and strangers across different console and PC platforms. Psyonix announced that a newly announced Switch version of Rocket League would be able to interact with existing versions on the Xbox One and PC. And Microsoft announced that online Minecraft players would soon be united across Switch, Xbox One, PC, mobile, and VR platforms.

Missing from both of those lists is Sony's PlayStation 4, which will keep its players segregated to the PlayStation Network for the time being.

“The honest answer is PlayStation has not yet granted us permission," Psyonix VP of Publishing Jeremy Dunham told Polygon regarding the reason for the Rocket League's cross-platform block on PS4. Since Psyonix runs its own servers and since those servers have already been certified for Microsoft's strict technical and security requirements for tying in to Xbox Live, adding PS4 is "literally something we could do with a push of a button, metaphorically," he added. "In reality it’s a webpage with a checkbox on it. All we have to do is check that box and it would be up and running in less than an hour all over the world. That’s all we need to do.”

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Video: Sony lets Ars loose on PlayStation’s E3 games and developers

Ars plays games and talks to their devs at a PlayStation media mixer. Video shot by Anthony Falleroni. (video link)

LOS ANGELES—Ahead of PlayStation's Monday press conference, Ars Technica attended a media-exclusive mixer full of playable new PS4 and PSVR video games. Since many of them had their developers standing nearby, we grabbed cameras and microphones to dig a little further into some interesting games coming to PlayStation in the near future.

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