You’d think that for a company like Sony, and because of the success of the PlayStation, selling phones that are “PlayStation Mobile certified” would be a huge plus, right? Well, the reality is quite different, and we predicted this would happen when we reviewed PlayStation Mobile a couple of years ago. It was hard to find a sense in the ability to play games from 1997 in today’s market, and because of this and many other issues, the story has come to an end.
Sony has just announced that it will ditch the PlayStation Mobile platform in some future KitKat and Android L software updates. Devices running Android 4.4.2 will still be able to use it, but those of you upgrading to 4.4.3 will find issues playing with games and all. Once Android L hits the market, PlayStation Mobile and the store will not longer be available as an option. Sony was even nice enough to provide a chart of how these changes will go.
Gaming is a key element for Android consumers, and it’s sad to see this platform die. At times when playing with on-screen controls we all thought that the Xperia Play would be a hit, and that’s far from what happened. Let’s see how Sony plans to differentiate its smartphones going forward.