Sony has very unexpectedly announced that it will pull support for PlayStation Mobile (PSM) on PlayStation Certified devices from Android 4.4.3 KitKat onwards. PlayStation Mobile will continue to work on devices normally running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but Sony is not guaranteeing whether features such store access, re-downloading games and content will remain in future Android versions.
PlayStation Mobile will continue to exist, but only for the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and PS Vita TV. The move is a big shame for Xperia and PlayStation fans, when PSM was first announced there was a feeling it could be a big differentiator for Xperia handsets. However, the great content we saw on the Xperia PLAY was gimped on the PSM for Android. For example, no original PSOne games were supported (only the PS Vita supported PSOne games).
We find it hard to believe that Sony will not try to leverage its extensive gaming heritage on its own branded phones somehow. Maybe, the experiment was too costly with too little traction. Will you miss PlayStation Mobile? Did you even use it? What could Sony have done to make PSM work on Android devices? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
Via Sony Japan.