Sony’s Xperia series of Android based smartphones are known for their great hardware and tasteful Android skinning, but when it comes to sales, other manufacturers like Samsung and ASUS (with their tablets) have them beat.
Now, in order to further differentiate their products, Sony is working on marrying the Xperia series of products with their much more influential PlayStation brand with the new PlayStation Mobile store. Check out the details after the jump.
The news comes from the folks over at TheVerge – a popular consumer electronics blog – in the form of a short post in which they discuss the new service.
Named PlayStation Mobile, the service lets you enjoy small, mobile-friendly games on PlayStation Certified smartphones, tablets and the PS Vita. It works seamlessly with your PlayStation Network ID so once you purchase a title, you can play it from any of the previously mentioned devices.
The service is currently available in the USA, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, UK, Australia and Spain. Support for more countries is in the pipeline.
Here are the list of smartphones currently supported:
- Sony Tablet P
- Sony Tablet S
- Xperia Tablet S
- Xperia acro HD IS12S
- Xperia acro HD SO-03D
- Xperia acro IS11S
- Xperia acro S LT26w
- Xperia acro SO-02C
- Xperia arc SO-01C
- Xperia GX SO-04D
- Xperia ion LT28at
- Xperia ion LT28i/LT28h
- Xperia NX SO-02D
- Xperia PLAY R800i/R800a/R800at
- Xperia PLAY R800x
- Xperia PLAY SO-01D
- Xperia S LT26i
- Xperia SL LT26ii
- Xperia SX SO-05D
- Xperia T LT30a/LT30h
- Xperia TX LT29i
- Xperia V LT25i
HTC’s One series of smartphones – the One X, One S and One V – are also included in this list, but they come with a statement saying, “Details to be announced later on.”
The library of currently available game titles rather small at the moment, but it will definitely expand in the future as big name development studios and publishers like THQ, Team 17 and Action Button Entertainment have already signed up to develop games for the platform. If you’re an indie game developer, you can sign up too!
You can download PlayStation Mobile to your supported smartphone from the link at the bottom. It is available as a separate APK that can be installed after enabling Unknown sources from Settings > Security or > Applications (depending on which version of Android you’re on).
You can download PlayStation mobile from here.