A huge focus of this year’s E3 was on second screens, with every gaming company trying to work out ways to appeal to the hundreds of millions of smartphone and tablet users. We already know that Sony are working on the inventively named “PlayStation App” which is said to be similar to Microsoft’s SmartGlass, but they may also be cooking up something video related.
PSLS has uncovered a job listing for an iOS Mobile Engineer by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s R&D Group that openly states that they are developing an “iOS system layer of a cross-platform video streaming service.”
This role is for a developer with a strong object-oriented programming background to work on the iOS version of a cross-platform video-streaming service. The work will involve native iOS development as well as cross-platform TypeScript business logic scripting. While previous TypeScript experience is advantageous, it is not essential. You will be part of a small team composed of cross-platform engineers based in central London. You will be involved in the implementation of the application logic and UI, as well as interfacing with a back-end web service using standard web protocols. This is an initial 6 month contract with the possibility to extend.
With the contract initially lasting 6 months, that may give us an inkling as to when the service release on iOS, but it does seem like development is in its early days.
It’s unclear what the streaming service is – it could be an improvement on/replacement of the Video Unlimited service, something a recent video streaming trademark hints at, or it could be UStream related so that you can watch PS4 games being played while you’re on your mobile.
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