In amongst the detail from the Sony PlayStation press conference at Gamescom 2012 on Tuesday, there were a few details that we didn’t pick up. Firstly, Sony confirmed that it will no longer be offering PS one classics on PlayStation Certified devices. PlayStation Mobile will be used to host dedicated and original content only and not old ports.
This is a shame on many fronts, partly as we were still waiting for the likes of Metal Gear Solid and Tomb Raider to make an appearance on our trusty Xperia PLAY. It looks like Sony is now keeping these PS one Classics exclusive to the PS Vita. Sony confirmed that over 100 PS One classics will be available to download on the handheld from August 28th including Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil 2.
PlayStation Mobile is due to launch by the end of the year in nine countries including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia with more countries to follow. Around thirty titles will be available at launch across a number of genres including Adventure, Action, Puzzle, and Sports.
Sony announced an impressive list of third-party developers and publishers that are working on content for PlayStation Mobile. The list contains 46 Japanese companies and 39 companies from Europe and the United States. It includes the likes of Sega, From Software, THQ, Arc System Works, Nippon Ichi, Tecmo Koei and Team 17. See the full list here [PDF].
Asus and Wikipad are new additions to the PlayStation Certified family and join the other third-party manufacturer, HTC whose 2012 smartphones (One X, One S, and One V) are also PS Certified. They join the Sony Mobile stable of smartphones and tablets including the Xperia GX, Xperia SX, Xperia arc, Xperia acro, Xperia PLAY, Xperia acro HD, Xperia S, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Tablet S and Tablet P.