Sony forms new company to focus on smartphone gaming

by XB on 24th March 2016

in Games

Sony ForwardWorksPlayStation Mobile no longer exists, but it appears that Sony still has ambitions in the smartphone gaming space as it today announced it has formed a new company called ForwardWorks to do just that. ForwardWorks will leverage the IP of “numerous PlayStation dedicated software titles and its gaming characters” for ‘full-fledged’ games optimised for smartphones. Sony says the focus will be on the Japanese and Asian markets and no hint whether it plans to expand this focus to western markets.

This could be a reaction to Nintendo’s Miitomo social game that was released with great success in Japan recently. Regardless, we’re excited to see exactly what new content Sony comes up with, especially given the breadth of IP to tap into.

  • Joe Black

    Releasing old and new Sony PlayStation games (that can/could run on Android) as an exclusive for Sony flagship phones via What’s New (no PlayStore!) would be a tremendous idea.
    That is, if they did that on an international level, not just eastern countries.

  • thew01

    hope the company make a successor of the Xperia Play !

  • Seno Akurano

    I think it’s hard to port PlayStation’s exclusive games in android phone Because, well, you know android os was open source different to LiveArea in ps vita which has a high level of security up to now can not be hacked

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Port all those indie games from the Playstation 4 and people will stop calling it the “Indiestation 4”.

  • Chitti- The Robot

    Can we expect Xperia Play 2? As far as mobile gaming concerned, there will be direct competition for Xperia Play 2( Sort of) device if it gets launched. Not to forget the incredible hardware that is available now.

  • Joe Black
  • kaostheory

    Not hard to add a dedicated chip.

  • Svnjay


  • Uzair Syed

    Would rather they put more effort into Vita…but it’s been clear they long since ended support. I don’t have a single game installed on my Xperia. Not one. Mobile gaming is awful.

  • Harut Hajin


  • Matt

    nope , stop this proprietary software shit.

    adding games to play store is a great idea, you ca limit them to sony devices only, but no whats new. whats new is a bloat and should not be there in the first place .

  • Matt


    or a game pad case for xperias. . . not as great as your idea though

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  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Umm, what? o.O lol You think closed source things cannot be ported? Ofcourse they can, by the developer / publisher.

  • Timel

    Agree, I think sony suppose to make accessories like detachable controller for their flagship smartphone, for the awesome gaming experience.

  • Timel

    It should not the exclusive contents for Xperia devices only, Sony suppose to make awesome graphics mobile games such as God of War, Uncharted, Gran Turismo, inFAMOUS for iOS devices and Android as well, Sony will get a lot money from this!

    But for Xperia flagship devices users or people who buy Xperia flagship devices, they will get these awesome mobile games for free out of the box(or they will be able to download them from What’s New app), this will make Xperia flagship phones look more special than other competitors, it can be the great highlight for Xperia flagship phone. American people and people around the world would love this!

  • Matt

    they did, its called dual shock 4, and 3

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  • thew01

    you mean like this ?

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    mobile gaming is suck without physical button

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    put bigger internal storage (atleast 128gb) please if sony want to release game for android. 32 GB is so 2013

  • Battel

    A reaction to “Nintendo’s Miitomo social game” action !
    That’s why Sony has not succeeded in it’s projects, because it’s A reaction to somebody’s action,
    Take the lead Sony, Don’t wait others do it and than you’d follow .

  • Mac

    How about focusing on software updates and bug fixes for existing smartphones? Ani’t nobody care about no mobile games..

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