Sony will no longer support PlayStation Mobile for Android devices, originally part of the company's initiative to support cross-platfform indie releases publishing for both PS Vita and Google's operating system, the company confirmed today.
While the service will continue to exist on PlayStation Certified devices that run Android 4.4.2 and below, Sony will no longer guarantee games will play correctly from Android 4.4.3 and up. Likewise, there are no guarantees that users will be able to access the store on newer Android devices.
Android L, the upcoming release for phones and tablets, won't have access to the store at all. According to Sony, it has no plans to offer PlayStation Certified status on any more devices.
The PlayStation Mobile initiative launched in 2012 with plans to seek out indie developers looking to bring experimental games to mobile certified devices. At the time, PlayStation's Sarah Thomson told us that guidelines for Apple's iTunes Store and Google Play for Android don't necessarily apply to what Sony wanted to do with PlayStation Mobile.
"We're looking for indies who are wanting to bring interesting, unique content to the platform," Thomson says. "There are restrictions with iOS, where the platform is a lot more heavily policed or where it's a little more conservative, or a little edgier, if you're wanting to do something a little more experimental where publishers might not necessarily fund because it's risky, that's the kind of stuff we want to look at.
"That's what really defines a platform, so that's what we're looking for."
We've reached out to Sony for more details and will update when more information is available.