PlayStation Mobile has just been released for Android, but as often the case with Sony, only certified devices have been able to enjoy the new app. Owners of the company’s own branded smartphones and tablets – as well as some HTC One handsets – can download and begin using PlayStation Mobile, but for the tens of millions of PlayStation users and PlayStation Mobile fans not running one of those select few Android devices, a solution is at hand – providing you’re rooted.
Whenever a new, exclusive feature or app is released for any Android or group of Android mobile devices, the community has usually – within a matter of days – ported that feature out or found a workaround so others can get involved, and once again that has proven to be the case.
Indeed, Sony’s PlayStation Mobile Store for Android only went live last night, but if you don’t have a certified device, then so long as your Android smartphone or slate is rooted, you too can install PlayStation Mobile Store and enjoy its benefits.
If you want to give it ago, then please check out the tutorial below. As usual, Redmond Pie won’t be held responsible for any issues such as data loss or device crashing – proceed at your own risk!
Just to reiterate, you will need a rooted device in order to successfully follow this tutorial. You can follow our one-click solution to rooting the Nexus 7 here, but if you’re running a different device, there are plenty of tutorials available on the web.
Step 1: Download and install the PlayStation Mobile Store APK.
Step 2: Download the flashable ZIP from one of the links over at AndroidPolice:
Step 3: Next, you must flash the ZIP from a custom recovery, such as ClockWorkMod recovery.
Step 4: Reboot your device, after which, the PlayStation app would be working fine. You’ll need to register a Sony Entertainment Network account if you haven’t already, but from then onwards, you should be able to play games.
Apparently, the PlayStation Mobile Store APK runs well on the Nexus 7, although has been said to crash on others, so you may not wish to try this out out on your daily driver.
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