Sony to kill PlayStation Mobile after years of little successBy Tim Schiesser 7 comments
After years of struggling to gain traction in the mobile gaming market, and after ending support for Android last year, Sony has decided to completely shut down their PlayStation Mobile platform.
PlayStation Mobile allowed gamers on Android and the PS Vita to download and play classic PlayStation titles, as well as a selection of indie games. While it was a novel idea, the platform never really took off, especially on Android where most gamers used the ubiquitous Google Play Store to find and download games.
On July 15th, the company will stop distributing games through the PlayStation Mobile content store. If you've already purchased games through the store and wish to keep them, you'll have up until September 10th to re-download them to your device, after which you'll no longer be able to do so.
The writing was already on the wall for PlayStation Mobile when Sony ceased support for the Android client last August. Devices running Android 4.4.2 or lower could still access the app without any guarantees from Sony that it would work, while devices running a newer operating system couldn't access the service at all.
With Sony's mobile business struggling, it's no surprise that the company is closing down services that aren't making money. Despite the general popularity of PlayStation in the gaming world, Sony just couldn't successfully bring the platform to the smartphone space, at least for now.