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PlayStation Mobile is shutting down this fall

Sony has announced that it will no longer be continuing with the PSM platform on its Japanese language site.

Sony has now revealed that it will be shutting down its PlayStation Mobile platform, after having struggled with it off and one throughout its entire history, without ever reaching its hoped-for heights.

The company stated that when it comes to PSM, its mobile gaming is now officially coming to an end.

The PlayStation Mobile service is still going to remain active for a number of months, but users are going to be able to continue purchasing new content only until July 15, even though the service will still remain for a time after that. During the months that follow, customers will still be able to re-download any content that they had already previously purchased. However, no new purchases will be possible after that date. It will be important for PSM users to complete all of their downloads rather promptly, though, because after the full shutdown is complete, their content will no longer be available to re-download.

As of September 10, 2015, PlayStation Mobile will be shutting down entirely and will not provide service for existing users.

PlayStation Mobile - Shutting DownIt has been clear to many that right from the very start of this mobile gaming system, there have been struggles, and these were not challenges that would be easy to overcome. Sony tried very hard, and even waved the publisher license fee as of May 2013, in an attempt to make its platform more appealing to developers. Unfortunately for the company, this effort still didn’t go as planned.

Last year, PSM dropped its Android mobile gaming support, keeping itself open to indie developers with a focus on its PlayStation Vita. That said, the offerings were hardly bursting from the seams, even then.

Though this announcement is far from a declaration that indie games will stop appearing on the Vita, it should be recognized that Sony, itself, publishes a considerable number of games on the actual PlayStation Store. While PlayStation Mobile may be shutting its doors, it does look as though 2015 will be a positive year for fans of PS as a whole.

Sony says goodbye to PlayStation Mobile Gaming

Sony recently announced that it is shutting down its PlayStation Mobile Service.

Sony initially launched PlayStation mobile (PSM) back in 2012 in response to the mobile gaming growth on mobile platforms like Android and iOS, a service that enabled PlayStation content to be played on both the PS Vita portable gaming device and PlayStation Certified Android mobile devices, such as the Xperia Play smartphone, but the electronics giant revealed last week that its cancelling its PSM service.

Sony is focusing on its businesses that are performing and cutting those that are underperforming.

While Sony did attempt to jump on board the mobile gaming trend, one of the problems it encountered is it was not successful at attracting a sufficient number of developers. Furthermore, another issue was that many mobile gamers chose devices that were not compatible with the PSM platform, and those that did support it were never particularity popular among consumers.

Mobile Gaming - PlayStation Mobile CancelledHowever, while the company may be struggling with its PSM business, its PlayStation business has been highly successful in recent quarters. PlayStation 4 sales remain strong around the globe. Therefore, while Sony has said that it’s PlayStation business, as well as its devices operations, Sony Music, and Sony Pictures will play a vital role in its operations in the future, it also said it would be cutting those businesses that were not performing as well, which is likely why it’s game over for PSM.

PlayStation mobile gaming content distribution will cease in July.

Sony announced that after July 15, PlayStation Mobile will no longer distribute content on its supported platforms. The company also said that as of September 10, all in-app purchases and the re-downloading of purchased content will also stop, as well as the PlayStation Mobile for the Android app itself.

What this means is that those who have spent money via the PlayStation mobile gaming service will not lose access to content, as long as games are activated and the device is authenticated with their account before the closure. That being said, users of the service who do not download games onto their local device before the cancellation of the service will not be able to access this content after the closure.