Sony tries to lure developers by waiving the $99 PlayStation Mobile licensing fee

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If you have a game and would like to port over to PlayStation Mobile devices, but can’t afford the $99 license fee Sony usually charges developers, then I have some good news for you. For a limited time this summer, Sony has decided to open its Mobile Development program up to all new developers, and waive the license fee.

This could turn out to be a fantastic opportunity for both Sony and developers. If this plan works Sony could see an upswing in development while developers add another platform to launch their games on. This isn’t only limited to Android certified devices either, it also includes development for the PS Vita as well. Let’s hope this plan works out better than expected and Sony makes it a permanent deal.

Check out the video for the PlayStation Mobile Development Program after the break. I feel like the guy in it myself, how many of you can relate?

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Sony Quietly Launches Web-Based Store

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If you happen to live in Europe, today may be a great day for you if you’re an owner of a Playstation-certified device. Eurogamer has discovered that while Sony has not yet made a formal announcement, its web-based store is officially live. When account holders log in, they will be treated to a full allotment of premium games such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2013 or Tokyo Jungle available and ready for immediate download. All users will need to do is purchase a selected title and the title will be available in a download queue— which can be used on any certified device. Naturally there are some bugs and kinks to work out, but if you’re willing to overlook the minor quirks, give the new service a try. After all— Crash Bandicoot isn’t going to play itself if you’re sitting idle and all.

source: Eurogamer

Playstation Mobile Is Officially Live For Those Who Love All Things Playstation

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It’s official Android gamers— Playstation Mobile is now live. This means select Sony and other Playstation-certified Android devices will be able to access the Playstation Store in order to access all of the Playstation games and content you can handle. The cool thing too is if you’re an users of the service will only need to buy a game once— the games will be playable on any certified device or PS Vita.

Playstation Mobile is now available for users in Japan, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia. If you don’t see your country listed, don’t fret— Sony pledges additional countries will follow.

 

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Sony To Launch Playstation Store On October 3rd

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Looks like Playstation gamers will have something big to look forward to in a few weeks. Starting October 3rd, Sony will launch the Playstation Store for Playstation mobile devices. The Playstation Store will offer owners of Playstation-certified devices to play special content on select devices. Sony confirmed the Playstation Store will start in nine countries including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia– with more countries to follow. There should be about 30 titles available at launch which will cost between 50 Yen (roughly 60¢ USD) to 850 Yen (roughly $10.70 USD). Oh and don’t think there will only be 30 titles and that’s it— Sony confirms further content will be released as additional titles become available.

Sony also took some time briefly to highlight some additional news as well. For all of the budding developers out there, the Sony Playstation SDK comes out of beta this November and be fully available to the development community. The SDK will be rolled out starting in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, while costing $99 annually for a license. This will give developers additional chances to develop and port the next great games for existing Playstation-certified devices, as well as ones that will be updated for devices from Fujitsu and Sharp– which are both officially joining the Playstation party I might add.

Enough with the chit chatter— hit the break to see the full presser from Sony.

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Sony Teases Its Playstation Mobile Gaming Service With Screenshots Of Its Exclusive Titles

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For all you obsessed Playstation gamers, Playstation Mobile is here. Well— it’s more or less a renaming of Sony’s existing Playstation Suite for Playstation-certified devices and there looks to be plenty of promise for Sony’s revamped service. Droid Gamers reports there is an ever-growing list of titles set to be available to those gamers including Tractor Trails, Twist Pilot, Tipper, Aqua Kitty, Samurai Beatdown, Underline and Beat Slider. Sony decided to tease everyone and show off a couple of screenshots of the various gameplay for the different titles and so far, everything looks good. So yes friends, fans of gaming genres such as action, strategy or platform will soon be able to your gaming fix. Of course there’s no exact date on when each game will be available, but we suspect will see everything by this fall.

source: Droid Gamers

 

Sony Xperia Ion Arrives In AT&T Stores On June 24th For $100 On-Contract

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It’s official gang– AT&T’s Sony Xperia Ion on June 24th. While we already saw a hint or two indicating the device would be here by June, there was no official statement from either until now. It is now confirmed the Gingerbread-powered 4G LTE device will arrive for a mere $99.99 on-contract and will be available both in stores as well as the AT&T website. In case you might have forgotten, the smartphone will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of onboard memory, a whopping 12MP camera and of course that sexy 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display screen. For those of you that loathe the fact the device will ship with Gingerbread— fear not for Sony already confirmed the smartphone will have the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future… though no one know when the future is exactly.

You’ll find the full details of the announcement once you hit past the break.

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HTC to Gain PlayStation Certification for Tablets and Smartphones?

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If the sources of PocketLint are correct, HTC will be getting the coveted Sony Playstation certification for its smartphones and tablets in the second half of this year. It is expected for Sony and HTC to make the announcement at this years Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in a couple weeks.

The PlayStation certification program kicked off last year with the announcement of the PlayStation Vita. Sony Entertainment CEO, and soon-to-be Sony Co. president, Kaz Hirai, says that this certification program was intended to expand the PlayStation experience across many platforms, beyond just the PSP borders. It has been a slow start for the program as not many device manufacturers have jumped on the opportunity to become certified. Maybe it’s because the Xperia Play didn’t take off as well as Sony had hoped, I don’t know. » Read the rest

Xperia Arc and Xperia Arco Receive Playstation Certification in Japan

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Xperia Arc and Xperia Arco, welcome to the world of Playstation! Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play will be seeing a bit of company soon as The Xperia Arc and Arco have recently received the Playstation certification. These two devices, among others, will now be able to access dozens of Playstation certified games once they have received the new update. Updates are currently rolling out to various Sony Ericsson Xperia devices on the NTT DoCoMo wireless network and I am sure Sony will soon extend the favor overseas. Hang tight US citizens. We will let you know when to expect this new update.

Hit the source link below to check out the full translated press release.

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Sony to release PlayStation Suite SDK in November with new games in Spring 2012

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Yesterday at TGS 2011, Sony announced that they will finally release the PlayStation Suite SDK in November. They are also expecting new games and apps to be available for the PlayStation Suite in the spring. Right now the only certified devices are the PS Vita, Xperia PLAY, Tablet S, and the upcoming Tablet P.

The SDK can run programs developed in C# on virtual machine equipped on both PS certified devices and PS Vita. It will allow developers to create content on one SDK rather than having to create different SDK’s.

I think this could really take off if other manufacturers jump onboard. For now, it will probably move a little slow, but it is a step in the right direction.

Full press release after the break:

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