This summer, Sony will close its mobile gaming platform after more than three years of service. The company launched PlayStation Mobile as a platform to deliver high quality games to certified mobile devices; however, it never really caught on despite partnerships with multiple companies such as HTC. The decision to stop certifying devices last year hinted at PlayStation Mobile’s true fate.
Sony is ending its attempt to bring its wildly successful console gaming brand to Android devices. PlayStation Mobile, which launched in 2012, was a hub that allowed high quality games to be accessible for PlayStation Certified devices. That certification will no longer be handed out to any future devices. Sony is keeping the service running smoothly on such devices running Android 4.4.2 and below; however, anything with Android 4.4.3 and up are being left in the dark. With future versions of Android, there are no guarantees that PlayStation Mobile will continue to operate correctly with software updates.
Source: Sony Japan
The PlayStation Store for PlayStation Mobile is expanding to nine new countries soon. Sony announced that beginning on December 18 of this year, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand will have access to the store. In addition, these nine countries will also have support for the PSM Developer Program as of December 5.
These new countries are in addition to Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia, which are already supported, bringing the total number of regions supported to 18.
Source: Xperia Blog
As Android smartphones become more powerful with each successive generation, more people are finding them capable of running games they enjoy playing. Depending on a device’s capabilities, it is easily conceivable that it can serve in the same role as a traditional game platform like a PlayStation, complete with a connection to a flat screen TV and dedicated controllers for players. We have seen many companies come to market with controllers for Android devices that replicate the controllers found with leading game systems in pursuit of such a setup. It appears that Sony has decided to get in on this market with the introduction of native support for their PlayStation DUALSHOCK 3 controllers on some devices.
If you’re lucky enough to have a PlayStation Certified device, you will want to check out the PlayStation Store because Sony is giving away one free game each week for the next six weeks. This week’s game is Samurai Beatdown, which is a rhythmic-action scroller. The service is only available in Japan, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia. Now you won’t find a lot of devices that have the PlayStation Certification. It’s mostly Sony branded with a few Sharp and HTC devices, but we have the complete list after the break as well as the trailer video for Samurai Beatdown.
It’s taken a few months, but Sony has finally taken the wraps off of their PlayStation Mobile Developer Program. This program allows developers to produce games on PlayStation-certified Android devices – such as HTC’s One X+ – as well as Sony’s PS Vita. It runs 7,980 Japanese yen for an annual license, or about $99. This annual license lets developers produce as many games as they would like, so that yearly fee doesn’t stack. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.
Today’s launch covers Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia, and Taiwan and Hong Kong are to follow suit in the near future. The SDK is available for download below, after processing that annual entry fee. Hit the break for the press release.
Now that Sony is full speed ahead with items like its Playstation Mobile, what else is there for Sony to do? Acquire another gaming giant to bring more and more titles to a broad window of gamers of course. It was recently announced Sony absorbed Gaikai into its gaming family and it’s now speculated that we’re about effects of the new union. As Gaikai will begin streaming popular titles like Gears of War, Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect, we will see a greater trend of playing games on not just our PS3 consoles, but portable devices like the PSP.
However— since Gaikai is well-known for streaming content and games onto our Android devices and Sony is looking to give more and more Android devices Playstation Certification, there is the hope that we will eventually see bigger and better hits being streamed to our Android devices. There’s nothing concrete from Sony or Gaikai, but one has to imagine the possibility could be real, especially with Android devices becoming more and more powerful. Naturally we’ll need to wait and see how successful Sony is with streaming games onto its consoles before we can even think about seeing those types of games on our Android devices. But then again, one can only hope and dream, right?
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.
source: PSN Stores
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
PlayStation Mobile is something that I really want other companies to jump on. While HTC has been the only big supporter, that changed today as ASUS and the Wikipad have been announced to be the newest supporter of PlayStation Mobile. I obviously don’t need to tell you how big this is for ASUS as they’re one of the top Android tablet vendors out there, but if you’re unfamiliar with the lesser-known Wikipad, you can check out our post about the gaming device here.
This move will definitely bolster the gaming capabilities of several popular ASUS devices such as the Transformer Prime and Nexus 7. What do you guys think of this move? I’m sure ASUS tablet owners will love this news!