Hands on with The Crew’s PS4 companion app – get you motor running

The crew companion app PS4

While it’s true that you should never text and drive, you’re definitely going to want to keep your smartphone or tablet close to hand when open-world racer The Crew launches early next year. Here’s how Ubisoft‘s car customising PS4 companion app works.

Hands on with The Crew’s PS4 companion app

Ubisoft plans on taking players on a high-speed chase from one end of an ‘idealised’ America to the other. Not only that, but community developer Soufyane Brahimi has promised The Crew will feature the “widest variety of car types ever seen in a driving game”, with a bewildering number of customisation options. There are 200 unique stickers, not to mention 500 colours, liveries, rims, bumpers, front and rear lights, skirts, rear wings, motor hoods, fenders and side mirrors. Which should be enough to be getting on with.

The crew PS4 e3 screensThe Crew’s companion app will let you customise any car from the bonnet down to the boot. You can do this even when away from your console, and then push your car to the main game – where you can get straight down to racing as soon as you load up.

When we got our hands-on with the app, we were told it was far from the final build, and for the purposes of the demo had been stripped back to allow us to choose between one of two car types. We were able to change the colour, customise rims and bumpers, and even apply the most garish decals we could find. At any point, you’re able to spin the car around to get a good view.

Though this was a very minimalistic version, we do have a few clues as to what else the final app will include. It’s been hinted users will have even more customisation tools, plus a map to track your friends’ movement and activities – as well as keep tabs on your own personal stats.

Although we’ve had the smallest of glimpses as to what it’s really capable of, The Crew’s dedicated companion app shows great potential. If its customisation options are fully fleshed-out by launch, it’ll mean you never have to spend any of your precious console gaming time in a menu screen. Less time tinkering, more time racing. We can get on board with that