Sony was incredibly amped for Playstation Mobile back in the day, with their flagship offering, the Xperia Play, offering a similar experience to the PSP and PS Vita but for the Android platform. I had the chance to play on one once and it was pretty awesome. It utilised Sony’s Playstation Mobile service, which allowed you to buy Playstation One ports for the Play as well as a few other devices. It now appears that the service didn’t get as popular as Sony hoped and now they’ve shelved all future plans for it, possibly for good.
In a press release on their Japanese website, Sony said that the current Playstation Mobile app would continue to be available on the Google Play store, but they could not guarantee that the app would continue working optimally or properly on Android devices running 4.4.3 and newer. The portion of the presser that talks about the service is translated from Japanese directly:
“Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., since I ended on Android ™ OS version 4.4.2, support for PlayStation ™ Certified devices that support PlayStation®Mobile to (PSM), I will inform you. There is a possibility that the content may not work correctly with devices that have been updated to Android ™ OS version 4.4.3 or later. For more information FAQ site refer to. We apologize for any inconvenience to everyone for your use, but a thank you for your understanding.”
The news doesn’t exactly surprise me, but I do wonder why Playstation Mobile is being denied future app updates. The Japanese gaming audience has moved more towards mobile entertainment and this would have been the perfect way to cram in some Crash Bandicoot while you’re on the way to work.
This isn’t to be confused with the Playstation app, though. That’s a companion app for the Playstation family and will be a big part of Sony’s offerings moving forward.
Over a hundred games were released on Playstation Mobile and Sony hasn’t made any moves to take them down as of yet. That may change in the future, but for now Xperia Play owners don’t need to worry too much.
Source: Sony Japan