Sony lures developers to PlayStation Mobile

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Sony Computer Entertainment is kicking off its PlayStation Mobile Developer Program, enabling third-party publishers to create games optimized for PlayStation-certified smartphones and tablets.

The program includes the PlayStation Mobile Dev Portal, an online resource where developers can download the official version of the PlayStation Mobile SDK and begin distributing their games through the new PlayStation Store, launched last month. Developers can publish as many PlayStation Mobile titles as they wish for $99 per year.

"The fundamental philosophy is that this is an open platform," Sarah Thomson, manager of PS Mobile content for Sony, told Gamasutra. "This is the first time that PlayStation has ever made the barrier so low for entry for developers, which is a really good thing. We want to be able to offer a real rich array of content."

Sony first announced its PlayStation Suite certification program last year in a move to extend the venerable gaming brand across the mobile ecosystem. PlayStation Suite manufacturing partners include HTC, Fujitsu and Sharp.

Sony released its own PlayStation Vita to U.S. consumers early this year. A Wi-Fi-only version of the portable gaming device is priced at $249, with a 3G/Wi-Fi edition priced at $299. AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is Sony's exclusive mobile broadband connectivity provider in the U.S. A new PlayStation Vita firmware update issued this week adds email support, improved Web access and other usability upgrades.

For more:
- read this Engadget article
- read this Gamasutra article
- read this PlayStation Blog entry

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