On the Japanese PlayStation site, Sony has officially announced that it is ending support for PlayStation Mobile on Android devices in order to focus the service on PS Vita and PlayStation TV.
The service, which was intended to be Sony’s big break into the market of mobile gaming, never was able to catch on with the mainstream. It’s library has always remained somewhat lackluster despite some standout hits such as Super Crate Box and rymdkapsel.
PlayStation Mobile had been offered on the PS Vita as well as select Android handsets from Sony, HTC, and others. Sony has said that handsets upgraded to Android 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 will experience some issues with accessing the store and downloading content. It will be up to the handset’s manufacturer to determine which devices will and will not work. However, once Android L is released and available, the service will no longer be made available.
The focus for PSMobile in the future will be squarely on the PS Vita and the PlayStation TV (or Vita TV depending on the location). This fits in with the earlier announcement Sony made in regards to the PSM 2.0 SDK which would bring an enhanced experience in porting games made in Unity over to the PSMobile and be exclusive to the Vita. It was only a matter of time before the support for Android devices was dropped, and that time has now arrived.
It was always a hard sell for Sony to create a dedicated PlayStation service on Android devices since so few of those millions of phones were actually PlayStation Certified. Now if only they can fix the UI for the PSMobile section on the Vita. Is it too much to ask for to have the games listed in alphabetical order? Even if you know what you’re looking for in the store, it’s nearly impossible to find it.