PlayStation Mobile

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PlayStation Mobile
PlayStation Mobile logo 2014.png
Developer(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Initial release October 20, 2011 (Private Beta)
April 19, 2012 (Open Beta)
October 3, 2012 (Public Release)
November 20, 2012 (SDK Release)
Stable release 2.00 / 2014
Development status Active
Operating system Android, PlayStation Vita
Available in English
Website www.playstation.com/psm

PlayStation Mobile (formerly PlayStation Suite[1]) is a software framework used to provide downloadable PlayStation content for devices that meet PlayStation Certified requirements. Currently, this includes devices that both run Android 2.3 and meet specific unannounced hardware requirements, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation TV. PlayStation Mobile is based on the Mono platform.[2]

The Open Beta was released on April 19, 2012.[3] PlayStation Mobile opened in the United States, Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia on October 3, 2012.[4] Sony states that PlayStation Mobile support will continue to be rolled out to more countries over time.[5] It has also been stated that PlayStation Network Trophy integration is being worked on.[6]

On 8 May 2013, Sony announced that the publisher license fee of €80/£65/$99 would be waived[7] in an attempt to entice more developers to create games for the service.

Games[edit]

The games released under PlayStation Mobile are available to devices via the PlayStation Store, allowing players to download the titles to their devices. Games released under the program may have the Dualshock controls overlaid on top of the touchscreen, however for devices which have analog buttons such as the PlayStation Vita and Xperia Play, the controls are mapped directly to them. Developers can also make purely touch screen games, if they so choose.

At E3 2012, Sony announced that PlayStation Mobile had 56 established software houses committed to providing content on the platform.[8]

Currently, there are more than 100 games available on the service.

PlayStation Certified[edit]

Official logo for PlayStation Certified

To ensure that Android devices run PlayStation Mobile content correctly, Sony has created a set of guidelines and requirements for hardware known as PlayStation Certified. The first certified device was Xperia Play.[2][9] The PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV also have access to PlayStation Mobile. In a November 2011 update, the previously released Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and Sony Ericsson Xperia acro became PlayStation Certified. The Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia ion and Sony Tablets are also PlayStation Certified.[10]

HTC was the first non-Sony manufacturing company revealed to offer PlayStation Certified devices.[1] The HTC One series handsets will be supported, noted models include HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One V, HTC One XL, HTC One X+ and the HTC Evo 4G LTE .[11][12] At Sony's 2012 Gamescom press conference, it was revealed that the WikiPad gaming tablet would also be PlayStation Certified and that ASUS will also create certified hardware.[13] At Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2012 press conference, Fujitsu and Sharp were announced as two more partners.[14]

A full list of PlayStation Certified devices can be found on the Playstation Mobile download page

Runtime Package releases[edit]

Version
Release date (UTC)
Notes
Description
2.00[15]
2014
(PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV only)
  • Allows rear touch pad as control option
  • Compressed textures are now supported
  • Increased available memory
  • Virtual gamepad is no longer required
1.22
2013
1.21
2013
1.20[16]
August 20, 2013
  • The scoreboard feature has been added
  • Improved convenience of creating keys
  • Added Windows 8 as an official support target of SDK. Removed Windows XP as an official support target of SDK
  • Supported the multi-user feature added from Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • When the application is hidden in Android, the application no longer terminates
1.11[17]
April 22, 2013
  • Added a new API which provides 16 byte code based on PSN account
  • Bug Fixes
1.02
December 19, 2012
  • Background changes for new SDK features
1.00[18]
October 3, 2012
  • Initial Release

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hinkle, David. (2012-06-04) HTC is first partner for 'PlayStation Mobile,' the new name for PlayStation Suite [Update: Press release added. Joystiq. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  2. ^ a b "PlayStation SUITE GDC Online 2011 - Part 3". Retrieved November 10, 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ Mallory, Jordan. (2012-04-19) PlayStation Suite enters open beta, some details emerge. Joystiq. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  4. ^ PlayStation Mobile goes live today with Super Crate Box, Wipe! and Samurai Beatdown | Polygon. Theverge.com (2012-10-02). Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  5. ^ Six weeks of free PlayStation Mobile gaming (update) – PlayStation.Blog.Europe. Blog.eu.playstation.com (2013-01-23). Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  6. ^ Six weeks of free PlayStation Mobile gaming – update 4 – PlayStation.Blog.Europe. Blog.eu.playstation.com (2013-02-06). Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  7. ^ Become a PlayStation Mobile publisher for free – PlayStation.Blog.Europe. Blog.eu.playstation.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  8. ^ "List of Third Party Game Developers and Publishers". Sony. Sony Corp. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sony Announces Optimally Designed 'Sony Tablet' with Android 3.0 that Complements Network Services for an immersive Entertainment Experience also Strengthening VAIO in Expanding PC Markets". Sony Electronics. Sony Corp. April 26, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "NTTドコモより発売中のXperiaシリーズ4機種機能バージョンアップのお知らせ―11月7日より順次開始 エリアメールやテザリング、PlayStationCertified対応など―". Sony Ericsson (in Japanese). Sony Corp. November 4, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES HTC AS PART OF THE PLAYSTATION™CERTIFIED LICENSE PROGRAM PLAYSTATION®SUITE RENAMED "PLAYSTATION®MOBILE"". Sony. Sony Corp. June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "GSMArena.com News". December 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ Smith, Mat. (2012-08-14) PlayStation Mobile detailed: different screens, same games. Engadget.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  14. ^ Gilbert, Ben. (2012-09-19) Sharp and Fujitsu join PlayStation Certified program, PS Mobile SDK available this November. Engadget.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  15. ^ Unity for PSM and PSM SDK 2.0 are now ready for submission!. PSM DevPortal. Retrieved on 2014-07-15.
  16. ^ PLAYSTATION MOBILE SDK 1.20 OUT NOW; ADDS PSN LEADERBOARDS. PSNStores.com. Retrieved on 2013-09-10.
  17. ^ PlayStation®Mobile SDK 1.11.00 is now available! - PlayStation Forum. Community.eu.playstation.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  18. ^ PlayStation Mobile Launches Today With Super Crate Box, Loot the Land and More – PlayStation.Blog. Blog.us.playstation.com (2012-10-03). Retrieved on 2013-08-23.

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