Sony are currently fighting a desperate battle to streamline the company and cull any dead weight to pull their finances back under control. It seems to be working, but the latest casualty is the PlayStation Mobile platform, which was set up to allow independent studios to easily develop and sell content on PS Vita and certified Android devices.
After just a two-year stint, PlayStation Mobile will shut down from July 2015, which has ramifications for both gamers and devs alike.Click here to read more...
We're big fans of free stuff here at Dealspwn.com, and Sony are keen to deliver. They'll be giving away ten free PlayStation Mobile games over the next five weeks (two per week), kicking off with addictive football game Passing Time and the utterly superb Rymdkapsel.
PlayStation Mobile games are compatible with PlayStation Vita handhelds and PlayStation-certified devices, so if you own one, you'd be mad not to get involved. [PlayStation Blog]
In an attempt to bolster their PlayStation Mobile ecosystem on mobile platforms (and address some lingering doubts about touchscreens as an input method) Sony have updated Xperia smartphones with DualShock 3 controller connectivity. Though the list of compatible games is small at present (including the likes of Alien Breed, The Conduit HD and Sonic 4 Episode II), it's certainly a neat gimmick that will even allow for Bluetooth multiplayer voice chat.
A new video from Sony Mobile guru Tom Randall explains the new features, which we've embedded after the break.Click here to read more...
Indie developer Tim Keenan has let us know that his impressive PC puzzler will release on PlayStation Mobile later this year. A Virus Named Tom will be playable on both Vita consoles and PlayStation Certified Android devices from "summer," and we'll keep you up to date as we hear more.
We raved about the "thoroughly worthwhile and addictive purchase" in our 8/10 A Virus Named TOM review.
Starting today, Sony are releasing a free PlayStation Mobile game once per week until the end of February. Vita owners can access can access the freebies on the PlayStation Store, while the app is available to download on PlayStation-certified Android devices.
Samurai Beatdown is the first free game - if you're rocking a Vita or Android phone/tablet, you might as well get it.
PlayStation Mobile is out now on Vita and select Android devices, allowing developers to easily deliver their games onto new platforms and us consumers to make merry as indie games fall like rain. Plus, hey, it's always nice to have something to play on our pricey Sony handhelds.
I personally feel that PlayStation Mobile is a uniquely forward-thinking venture that could grow into a massive new marketplace, ripe with potential for developers and gamers alike (so long as it's handled properly, see also: XBLIG). For now, however, we're going to focus on five notable games from the launch lineup and discuss whether or not they're worth buying on Vita.
Spoiler alert: you need to go and buy three of them immediately. Let's start strong:
Upon booting up Aqua Kitty, your eyes will initially be attracted to the first part of the title. After all, everyone loves cats and including a bunch of moggies certainly won't hurt sales. You'll then be floored by the the gorgeous big pixel art style, but most savvy gamers will quickly realise that Defender is the operative work here. Aqua Kitty is a gorgeous and responsive reimagining of Williams Electronics' classic arcade game, packed with hectic action, rock-solid mechanics and a superb chiptune soundtrack.
It's also one of the best Vita games on the market.Click here to read more...
PlayStation Mobile, a distribution platform for mobile games on certified Android devices and Vita, launches in the UK today. If you have a compatible Android phone or tablet (the list is fairly limited at present), you can follow these easy steps to get involved.
We've got a list of compatible devices and launch games after the break.Click here to read more...
A homebrew coder has managed to get Left 4 Dead running on a PS Vita, thanks to clever use of the PlayStation Mobile (previously known as PlayStation Suite) programming toolkit. Whether it's actually running on the device or streamed from a remote windows server isn't entirely clear - we suspect the latter due to an IP address entry screen appearing at the start of the video - but there appears to be little in the way of lag or graphical compromise. Even the Vita's gyroscope has been incorporated into camera control.
PlayStation Mobile is designed to allow indie developers to design and test games for Vita and PlayStation-certified Android devices, and we hope that more officially-approved apps will soon be available. Whether Sony will crack down on homebrew applications like this, however, remains to be seen.Click here to read more...