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PlayStation Mobile Coming to Select Android Devices

Sony PlayStation Mobile

Source: Sony PlayStation Mobile | Official Website

Sony is hoping to expand the popularity of its PlayStation brand this fall by adding a new gaming platform designed for mobile devices: the PlayStation Mobile.

Once it becomes available, the new mobile gaming platform will feature about 30 PS-like titles for Android devices. The same with the PlayStation services, the platform will be based on the PSN ID, and users will download new games from Sony’s PlayStation Store.

However, the PlayStation Mobile will not be available for every Android device. Before a handheld can access the gaming platform, it will need to be part of the game publisher’s PlayStation Certified License Program. Apparently, the list is dominated by Sony brands, together with a few competing smartphones.

In relation to this, HTC agreed to add PSM functionality to its One brand of smartphones last June. ASUS and WikiPad are also included to the PlayStation Mobile-equipped list. ASUS also added that its Transformer Pad will be PlayStation certified, as well as WikiPad’s gamer-focused tablet. As of yesterday, the available PlayStation Mobile devices in the United States are the following:

  • HTC One X
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One V
  • Xperia arc
  • Xperia Play
  • Xperia acro HD
  • Xperia S
  • Xperia ion
  • Xperia acro S
  • Sony Tablet S
  • Sony Tablet P

Goodbye Sony PlayStation One

Aside from the announcement of PlayStation Mobile, it appears that fans of classic PS games are in for some bad news. Once the mobile gaming is launched, Sony will cease to offer its PSOne Classics for PS-certified devices. The PSOne Classics is a collection of games built for the original PlayStation console.

In relation to this, Sony-branded devices will still have access to the older games. That’s because the company recently announced at the Gamescom 2012 event that the PS Vita could access PSOne classics.

During the event, Sony officially stated that it will release update 1.80 for the PS Vita on August 28. This will enable the console to play PSOne Classics, as well as give it the ability to become a controller for PS3.

Additionally, Little Big Planet will be the first title that will take advantage of this technology. Speaking of LBP 2, a downloadable content for the game is also coming so that players can use this innovation. It appears that Sony is beating Nintendo to the punch with an integrated controller and LCD screen.

The PlayStation Mobile is expected to become available this fall, and Sony hopes it would help leverage its PS brand.

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