Sony’s hits just keep on rolling, as their appearance at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) has already unveiled some interesting news tidbits, one of which is that Sony plans to launch the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation Mobile platform on October 3rd. PlayStation Mobile is a bit of an odd duck, as it was originally the PlayStation Suite and was confined to only Sony hardware, which meant that Sony Ericsson’s Xperia was the only way to access the PlayStation Suite. Needless to say, Sony Ericsson isn’t much of a player in the global smartphone market at the time, even with utilizing the Android platform as the base of the phone, it was an odd release and didn’t pick up as much steam.
Over the summer, they announced that the PlayStation Suite would now be called PlayStation Mobile, and that they were working with third parties, notably HTC, to release hardware compatible with PlayStation Mobile. Today Sony announced that Fujitsu and Sharp have joined the PlayStation Certified license program, with both being major forces in the smartphone market in Japan and also having a good global footprint. For other interested developers, Sony will open up their PlayStation Mobile SDK to developers starting in November for just $99 USD a year.
The big news is that while there will soon be more devices compatible with the PlayStation Mobile platform, there will be more incentives for consumers to try to get a device that is PlayStation Mobile equipped beyond having a gamepad attached to their phone. They announced the PlayStation Store will be launching on October 3rd for the PlayStation Mobile platform, launching with over thirty available titles for gamers to choose from. The service will first roll out in nine countries; Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia with more countries to follow shortly.