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
With their new gaming console being released on Friday, Sony has released a brand new PlayStation app in the Play Store. The app’s interface is nearly identical to that of the PlayStation 4 with its blue background and transparent boxes with content. And rightfully so, there is a ton of content to be toyed with. Hit the break for details and download links.
We received news that Sony would be releasing its PlayStation app in November alongside the PS4 a few weeks ago, and today, Sony detailed the app for us, explaining the ins and outs.
The app will have many features that will actually allow you to interact with what’s going on on your PS4.
It will allow users to send invites to multiplayer games, purchase and remotely download games from the PlayStation Network, and send voice/text messages to users on the PS4.
There will also be a “compare trophies” feature, the ability to see what your friends are up to, and access PlayStation Blog news.
While currently only available in Europe (oddly enough?), PlayStation has released their All-Stars Island game in Google’s Play Store for Android devices. From the looks of it, you and several of Sony’s popular characters such as Nathan Drake and Sackboy are pinned in an Island in this adventure style game play. More characters from other of Sony’s popular games will be incorporated in the near future.
Hopefully this game will be available in the US and other countries in the near future.
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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
One of the great things about Android devices is that well, you get to modify them and put them through unusual jobs, such as putting it to use as a topnotch gaming device. Okay, so many of you are looking perplexed, so let me explain: a crafty Galaxy Note owner realized the 5.3-inch screen of the device is too good to not be taken advantage of when it comes to gaming. So in having some time on his hands, the crafty developer went ahead and did the unthinkable— he literally gathered ports of popular games like Mario on his Galaxy Note, created an attachment terminal mount on his Playstation 3 controller, mounted his Galaxy Note to the controller and successfully configured the setup to allow his PS3 controller control the games. Impressive isn’t it?
Don’t take my word for it— check out the cool achievement in all its glory once you hit past the break.
Android gaming is one step closer to becoming even more sweeter than it already is folks. Sony promised we would see an open beta for its Playstation SDK Suite this month, but we hadn’t seen anything about it until now. That means not just select developers in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, but all developers around the world can get right to it and use the program immediately. Developers will be able to find the tools needed at www.playstation.com/pss, which will give them the ability to create apps and games for Playstation-certified Android devices. The open beta is available now for all developers for the not-too-shabby price of free, though developers will have to sign a contract and pay a fee to use the Playstation SDK Suite after the open beta ends.
If you’re a developer and are interested in creating some snazzy apps and games through Sony, hit the source link for additional details. I’m sure there are more than a few owners of Sony devices who are eagerly awaiting the first creations from you all.
Playstation certification for the newly launched Sony Xperia S in Europe (and it’s Japanese Xperia Acro HD cousin) was a given, it was just a matter of when. It looks like the time has come for the smartphone to finally receive that coveted Playstation certification. The gang at Android Central reports the placeholder link on the app drawer in the device will now take you to you guessed it– the Playstation Store where the PS Pocket app can be downloaded. As with any 3rd party app store, you’ll simply need to enable Non-Market applications by going to your Settings and then Applications in order to get started. Then you go to the “Let’s Start PS Store” in the app tray. After that, it’s just a matter of downloading a few more apps which let you buy and play games and bam– you’re all set to enjoy all of that Playstation goodness on your phone.
Keep in mind, you’ll need a PS Network or Sony Entertainment Network account in order to access Sony’s library of games, which is currently limited to a dozen or so games. And even then, some of the available games are still limited to the Xperia Play, so that number really shrinks a bit more. Still, Xperia S (and Acro HD) owners will now have yet another reason to waste time thanks to the newfound availability of awesome Playstation games.
source: Android Central
Just like that CES is kicking into full gear. Normally when you think of high-end smartphones, Verizon and Sprint immediately come to mind with their lineup of Android monster phones. However, AT&T is looking to make a statement… and it’s a major one too. Newly rejuvenated Sony is set to change consumers’ perceptions of their Android devices and they’re doing just that by unleashing a new LTE-based monster called the Xperia Ion. The phone will feature some very attractive specifications:
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 4.6-inch HD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution; 1080P full HD video recording ability
- 12MP camera(!!!!!)
- 16GB of internal storage
- Front-facing camera with ability to record video in 720P
- Gingerbread 2.3 (device will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 later in the year)
Oh and since this phone is a Sony phone, that means it gets nice perks too being under the Sony umbrella. How about official Playstation certification for starters? Yes, you read that right— the phone is a Playstation-certified phone meaning Sony plans to bring Playstation-exclusive games that will be optimized for the phone. That means we’ll be able to get in on some Gran Turismo 4 or Crash Bandicoot on the cool phone in the very near-future. Oh and there’s some more: the phone supports the Sony Entertainment Network which includes the Music Unlimited (which includes a catalog of 12 million songs) and Video Unlimited content streaming and rental services. Are you guys salivating yet?
Hit the break for Sony’s full presser.