There’s a growing trend taking place in the video game world and this would be the use of second screen apps in games.
This started recently on a couple of new titles released with Need For Speed: Rivals and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
The way it works is that you install the application on a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. Then you sync the game on your console with the mobile app and it pulls up stats based on what you have accomplished playing the game.
For Rivals, it allows players to keep track of how far they’re progressing in the game and what their friends are doing as well.
One cool feature in the app is that it allows you to tap into a friends multi-player game and either help them succeed or fail.
The way that the app works in Black Flag is that you can view the entire map on your tablet. It also lets players see what areas they haven’t yet discovered.
This is a great use of the second screen because in that game, there’s plenty to explore and being able to view the map without needing to pause is a tremendous luxury.
I do believe that newer games, especially titles that release on next gen consoles will use this feature. It’s another way to keep people connected.
In the future, this could be a great addition to games as long as developers don’t just tack it on. It has to add something extra to games and not hinder the actual game play.
You can sound off in the comments section below on what you think of second screen apps and a feature you would like developers to use in the future.