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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.

Sony and WildTangent take aim at mobile games

Sony Mobile GamesSony shows more interest in mobile games

Mobile games have become a major phenomenon and a hugely lucrative sector for the game industry. The proliferation of mobile devices has secured mobile games as a major part of the lives of consumers. Many people enjoy these applications because of the entertainment they provide, and many independent developers have found significant success in focusing almost exclusively on the mobile space. Sony, which boasts of a very strong presence in the game industry, has seen the promise that can be found in mobile games and is looking to take advantage of it.

New app store launched by Sony and WildTangent

Sony has teamed with WildTangent, an online game network based in the U.S., to launch a new online store for mobile games and applications. The new store will offer mobile games for Sony’s Xperia smart phones. WildTangent games will also come pre-installed on all new Sony laptops. The new application store can be roughly compared to Google Play or Apple’s App Store, but will not have the extensive portfolio of these two platforms.

New app store could have ties to Playstation 4

The new store is expected to open within the coming weeks to and will help expand the availability of mobile games on Sony mobile devices. There are rumors within the game industry that Sony’s new venture could have ties with the companies forthcoming Playstation 4 console. Sony is scheduled to make a major announced on February 20, which is expected to be an official reveal of the highly anticipated console.

Playstation 4 expected to have strong mobile elements

Rumors suggest that the Playstation 4 will have strong mobile elements. This is due to the aggressive interest Sony has been showing in mobile gaming lately. The company believes that mobile games are on their way to dominating the game industry and has been positioning itself to ensure that it is not left behind as gamers become more mobile. Whether the company’s new venture is tied to the Playstation 4 is not certain, but it is also not unlikely.