Wednesday, August 6, 2014

PS Mobile for Android is No More - Gamer's Source

Hello and welcome to the Gamer's Source, your destination for some gaming conversation. Sony is saying goodbye to PS Mobile on Android. So, without further ado, the news: 

  • PlayStation Mobile Shifting to Strictly Vita - Sony has announced today that PlayStation Mobile will no longer be supported on Android platforms. Released in 2012 to help developers create games for PS Vita and Android certified devices without needing a certification process, the program will now be aimed strictly at PS Vita and PS Vita TV.

    This seemed like it was only a matter of time. I love Sony, but these smaller, halfhearted programs are killing me. Minis seemed like a really cool way to get smaller, cheaper games that could compete with mobile apps and it failed, miserably, due to no advertising for Minis and terrible price schemes that typically were three to five times the cost of the same apps on mobile platforms.

    PS Mobile seemed to have some good promise, as Sony was advertising it more and adding support with Unity to help, but ultimately it is now failing. Little things like Trophy Support and promotions in other Sony programs like sales and other discount programs like PS Plus could have definitely helped make these games more appealing to gamers, especially with the ability to earn trophies from your Android phone. Alas, here we are with another dying program. Hopefully Sony will add some of the fixes listed above to keep the platform open because the ability to create small games without jumping through hoops is what has made so many successes on mobile platforms.
Here's a list of smaller, self explanatory stories of the day:
Well that is all for today. Slow day, but a news day nonetheless. Don't forget to tell me what you think of today's news down below. Are you sad about the loss of PS Mobile on Android? Do you even know what PS Mobile is? Tell me in the comments. Follow me on Twitter @Jesterhead0302 where I post articles I write, tweet out photos on my PS4 (and occasionally live stream links) and tweet out interesting things about gaming. And, as always, keep the conversation going.

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