PlayStation Mobile: Launches on Tablets, Smartphones & PS Vita on October 3rd
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) recently announced the launch of their PS Mobile service. The launch date will see approx 30 Playstation branded titles, available for Digital Download in a mobile environment. These titles will be available to Playstation Certified Devices that include PS Certified Android Mobile Phones, Tablets and, of course, the Playstation Vita and the new Vita 3G.
As we recently announced, SCEC partnered up with Rogers Communications so this service will be available over the Rogers network.
So what does this mean? If you are an iOS user or have a standard Android phone, not much. If you do not already own a mobile device with the PS brand on it you will stick to the digital download service you already use. If you are a mobile game developer however, this does open up some new opportunities to expand your marketshare.
The Playstation Mobile SDK launches in November with a licensing fee of only $99.
Along with SONY’s expansion into the mobile marketplace, a number of hardware developers will be pushing new Playstation Certified, Android devices into the marketplace. The key players include Fujitsu and Sharp.
“Fujitsu’s ARROWS series smartphones and tablets feature “Usability” realized by human-centric technology, and “High Spec” represented by Japan’s first quad-core CPU adopted model” said Takahiro Matsumura, Senior Vice President, Ubiquitous Business Strategy Unit, Fujitsu Limited. “We are excited to be partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment, and offer PlayStation-like gaming experiences for ARROWS users.”
“We are very pleased to be able to offer exciting PlayStation-like gaming experiences through our products to the customers all around the world” said Itsuki Kouchi, Division Deputy General Manager & Marketing Department General Manager, Global Product Development Center, Communication Systems Group, Sharp Corporation. “Sharp will continue shaping its smartphone development philosophy, “Feel Logic”, and one of its elements, “Feel Creation”
Sony is moving forward and is committed to establishing itself in the mobile games market, its only real competitors being the iOS and Google. While Microsoft is launching tablets this year, there has been no indication of whether or not XBLA will launch a mobile distribution system but I doubt Microsoft will ignore this. As for Nintendo?, they will have to come up with a compelling mobile solution to support the launch of their tablet based “U” system.