|Developer(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Initial release||October 3, 2012|
2.01 / 2015
|Operating system||Android (version 1.xx only), PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV|
PlayStation Mobile (formerly PlayStation Suite) was a software framework used to provide downloadable PlayStation content for devices that meet PlayStation Certified requirements. This includes devices that both run Android 2.3 and met specific hardware requirements, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation TV. PlayStation Mobile was based on the Mono platform.
An open beta was released in April 2012 before it officially launched in most regions of the world on October 3, 2012. In May 2013, Sony announced that the publisher license fee would be waived in an attempt to entice more developers to create games for the service. PlayStation Mobile 2.00 released in 2014 would only target PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV.
It was announced in 2015 that PlayStation Mobile will be shutting down. The service never gained traction despite availability on a range of handsets by many manufacturers. The storefront was closed in July 2015, with the service completely shutting down on September 10, 2015.
The games released under PlayStation Mobile were available to devices via the PlayStation Store, allowing players to download the titles to their devices. Games released under the program could 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 were mapped directly to them. Developers could 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.
There were 683 games available on the service.
To ensure that Android devices run PlayStation Mobile content correctly, Sony created a set of guidelines and requirements for hardware known as PlayStation Certified. The first certified device was Xperia Play. The PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV also had 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 were also PlayStation Certified.
HTC was the first non-Sony manufacturing company revealed to offer PlayStation Certified devices. The HTC One series handsets were 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 . At Sony's 2012 Gamescom press conference, it was revealed that the WikiPad gaming tablet would also be PlayStation Certified and that ASUS would also create certified hardware. At Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2012 press conference, Fujitsu and Sharp were announced as two more partners.
A full list of PlayStation Certified devices could be found at Playstation Mobile download page but has since been removed.