Sony's decided to spill the beans on PlayStation Mobile, its upcoming cross-platform gaming service. It will connect to your own PSN ID, linking into its software store and aiming to offer up a "wide range of portable experiences." We're still looking at PlayStation-certified devices here, but Sony's also announced that ASUS and (bizarrely) Wikipad hardware will join the (pretty Sony-centric) line-up. We can already recognize a handful of Xperia phones alongside the Tablet S and, of course, Sony's premier handheld, which will also be able to play the incoming selection of mini-games.
PlayStation Mobile from Gamescom 2012
Sony Computer Entertainment To Start The Full-Scale Launch Of PlayStation®Mobile
Newly Developed Content for PlayStation®Mobile to Be Delivered Through PlayStation®Store this fall
Official Version of PlayStation®Mobile SDK Available Shortly
ASUS And WikiPad To Join PlayStation™Certified License Program
TOKYO, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will start the full-scale launch of PlayStation®Mobile this fall, delivering the world of PlayStation® on open operating system-based devices, by providing newly developed content for PlayStation Mobile through PlayStation®Store. The service will start in 9 countries including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia with more countries to follow.
At launch this fall, users will be able to enjoy approximately 30 new titles from a variety of genres including Adventure, Action, Puzzle, and Sports, created by third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios.
With the aim of offering a more streamlined development environment for creating content for portable devices, the PlayStation Mobile Developer Program includes the official version of PlayStation Mobile SDK and will become available to the development community following the launch of the dedicated content for PlayStation Mobile through PlayStation Store. This will be rolled-out in a phased manner in 11 countries and regions including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The PlayStation Mobile Developer Program will allow developers to easily distribute their content through PlayStation Store on a commercial basis and market their games to millions of dedicated gamers with PlayStation™Certifed*1 devices and PlayStation®Vita. The license agreement for the SDK is US$99 annually*2.
In addition to 56 third party developers and publishers in Japan and Europe, a total of 29 developers and publishers across regions including the United States have agreed to develop content for PlayStation®Mobile.
SCE also announced ASUS TeK Computer Inc. and WikiPad Inc. will join the PlayStation Certified license program. By further expanding PlayStation Certified devices, SCE will deliver the unmatched PlayStation experience to even more smartphone and tablet users around the world.
"Inspired by the diverse needs of consumers in all areas and phases of life, ASUS' foremost mission is to deliver truly innovative solutions that inspire consumers to reach for greater heights of productivity and fun. The ASUS Transformer Pad, which can transform from tablet to Notebook PC delivers this value," said Samson Hu, Corporate Vice President & GM of Mobile Communications Products BU at ASUSTeK Computer Inc. "As a leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS offers PlayStation-like gaming experiences with the convenience of its array of products. With the Transformer Pad's inclusion as a PlayStation Certified partner, we will surpass users' imaginations and change the rules of gaming."
"Wikipad is the first true video game tablet built with an attachable gamepad controller that provides gamers with a mobile console experience. As we head into our upcoming launch, we are excited to be partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment." said Fraser Townley, President of Sales Wikipad.Inc. "PlayStation's continued commitment to delivering innovative entertainment experiences that captivate gamers is unparalleled and we are thrilled to partner with them."
In conjunction with the launch of dedicated content for PlayStation Mobile through PlayStation Store, legendary PlayStation games (PS one® Classics) for PlayStation Certified devices will no longer be offered*3.
SCE will further accelerate the delivery of PlayStation-like experiences to even more users through PlayStation Mobile.
*1 The license program to expand PlayStation Mobile, dedicated for portable hardware manufacturers. SCE will not only license logos but also provide necessary development support. As of August 15, 2012, the line-up of PlayStation™Certified devices include the HTC One series of smartphones, HTC One™ X, HTC One™ S, and HTC One™ V and Xperia™GX, Xperia™SX from Sony Mobile Communications AB. Content developed with The official version of PlayStation®Mobile SDK will be available on those devices, also Xperia™ arc, Xperia™ acro, Xperia™ PLAY, Xperia™ acro HD, Xperia™ S, Xperia™ ion, Xperia™ acro S from Sony Mobile Communications AB, and "Sony Tablet" S and "Sony Tablet" P from Sony Corporation. Model name may vary by region. Sales model may vary by area.
*2 The fee is for the US market. The fee differs by countries and regions.
*3 This campaign will be launched for Xperia™ arc,Xperia™ acro, Xperia™ PLAY、Xperia™ acro HD, Xperia™ S, Xperia™ ion, Xperia™ acro S, "Sony Tablet" S and "Sony Tablet" P
WIKIPAD TO FEATURE SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT'S PLAYSTATION®MOBILE
Wikipad Passes PlayStation™Certified License Program
Cologne Germany, August 14, 2012-- Wikipad announced today that it passed the Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) PlayStation™Certified license program (*1) and will feature PlayStation®Mobile games. The collaboration with Wikipad, makers of the first tablet to offer a patented attachable, console-quality gamepad controller, further enhances SCE plans to deliver the PlayStation®-like experience to even more users around the world.
"Wikipad is the first true video game tablet built with an attachable gamepad controller that enables a mobile console experience. As we head into our upcoming launch we are partnering with the industry's leading players. PlayStation's commitment to delivering innovative entertainment experiences that captivate gamers is unparalleled and we are thrilled to partner with them," said James Bower, chief executive officer, Wikipad.
PlayStation®Mobile will offer content on the Wikipad developed by award-winning SCE Worldwide Studios as well as a vast array of third party developers and publishers. The partnership is an example of SCE's continued expansion across mobile devices through content development and delivery of compelling entertainment experiences as well as the expansion of PlayStation Certified devices through PlayStation Mobile.
PlayStation Mobile will make it easy for mobile gamers to discover and download great content, while enabling a wide range of developers to produce PlayStation-like game experiences in a simple, time-efficient development environment. Wikipad will launch its mobile console tablet with a full suite of the latest immersive entertainment features and enhanced specifications including its patented gamepad controller, a premium 10.1" screen, ultra-light chassis, a quad-core Nvidia processor and an optional 3G antenna version for mobile carriers. Wikipad will announce its official launch date very soon.
Wikipad Inc. is a leading developer and designer of video game console tablets and devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Wikipad Inc. is uniquely positioned as pioneers and innovators in the mobile entertainment world. Wikipad is leading the way with its accessible and comfortable consumer devices focused on video game content while enabling traditional functions such as productivity, web, education, media and music content.
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(*1) The license program to expand PlayStation Mobile, dedicated for portable hardware manufacturers. SCE will not only license logos but also provide necessary development support.