At the Gamescom 2012 conference in Tokyo this week, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., the electronic giant’s video game division, used the opportunity to share its plans on the Playstation Mobile service scheduled to debut this fall. Users with Sony’s latest Playstation Vita handheld game system and Xperia smartphones or tablets will be able to take advantage of cross-platform connectivity, allowing the sharing of application software and content.
Speaking on Tuesday, Sony said Playstation Mobile will launch in a total of nine countries, beginning with Japan, United States, and Canada this fall, with the others follow. The new service will also be replacing Sony’s previous effort titled Playstation Suite, which served as a platform for third-party developers and publishers to create games and content for Sony’s mobile devices. It appears that Playstation Mobile is shaping up to Sony’s way of directly competing with the gaming ecosystems on Android and Apple’s iOS devices, which can allow seamless syncing and connectivity between games and applications on smartphones and tablets.
Unfortunately Sony hasn’t given any details on pricing or how much it will cost the company, but they have made it clear that this going to be a long-term effort and will be built to allow for growth on mobile and gaming devices. Asustek Computer and Wikipad Inc have also signed up for Sony’s PlayStation Certified license program, meaning users of either Asus or Wikipad handheld devices will also have access to content on the PlayStation Mobile service.