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Submitted by -Mezzo- 1208d ago | opinion piece

PlayStation Mobile Is Still a Letdown After All This Time

Time - For a company that once denied the threat of smartphone gaming, Sony showed a lot of foresight when it announced PlayStation Suite in January 2011.

PlayStation Suite, now known as PlayStation Mobile, was supposed to bring console-quality gaming to “certified” Android smartphones and tablets. Sony understood, or so it seemed, that hooking as many people as possible into its gaming platform was more important in the long run than selling devices. (PS Vita, PS3)

sinncross  +   1208d ago
I think the lack of trophy support for launch has some devs waiting. Because Sony showed off a massive list of devs who were supporting the endeavour.

In all honesty, even if it does not bring many unique games but lots of multiplatform smartphones games then I am fine with that. Something like Dead Space Mobile or Chaos Rings (among others) would be great to have on the PSV.
yesmynameissumo  +   1208d ago
Glad they're working on leaderboards and trophies. Once they are implemented, I'll bite.
extermin8or  +   1208d ago
"all this time" what 1/2 weeks??! wtf?
Baka-akaB  +   1208d ago
He is probably counting the timeframe in wich it was announced ..

Still ridiculous even so
Burning_Finger  +   1208d ago
The author lives in the future. lol

But hey, All Playstation brand gotta have doom and gloom article. It's now requirements here on N4G.XD
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GribbleGrunger  +   1208d ago
In order to write an eye catching headline the author decides to exaggerate and suggest that PSMobile has been out a long time, whilst being safe in the knowledge that people will automatically deduce that he's including the announcement as part of that exaggeration. That is stupid, but this ambiguity is deliberate. This article is written for everyone BUT a PSVita owner.

But I have inadvertently fallen into the trap as many others will. We have gotten so fed up of negative articles that it is now our fault that this will reach the top of the page and so be seen by the very people this article was written for. It's a sweet, sweet irony for those that hate.

Could we ignore these in order to stop them reaching the top? It's a challenge that I myself have failed on many occasions. I have tried, but there's something about the fair minded person in me that feels compelled to reply.

We need to learn to ignore these articles. Can we do that?
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Heisenburger  +   1208d ago
Can you?
GribbleGrunger  +   1208d ago
I've got to be honest and say I don't know. Which of course means that I'm guilty in part for the perpetuation of Sony negativity.
extermin8or  +   1206d ago
Hmm I know what you mean; sony doom articles are ridiculously popular; and I know they are having financial difficulties but tbh some of the conclusions people are getting in these articles are a joke lol not this one per se but the once sayign they will leave hardware blah blah blah are borderline funny; for the gaps in logic- I'm not actually all that worried I mean yes the vita could and tbh should be selling better; part of the sales issue is sony's lack of pushing it recently however I suspect a larger part of it is morons writing doom articles and the media in general just being difficult-PS3 had a similar issue, everyone always 'hates' the best or most popular suff although in the case of Activision I think it's justified lol but I digress. What really annoyed me was when vita's price was announced everyone was like "yay look at the value for money it will be" then the 3DS WHICH FOR WHAT IT IS/WAS WASN'T WORTH IT'S LAUNCH PRICE AND I'D ARGUE STILL ISN'T WORTH ITs RRP. Then suddenly the vita was overpriced etc; I agree memory cards are abit ott but otherwise the machine is clearly far and away worth it's price; also people who compare it to phones pretty much all quadcore phones are double the price of vita and still not as powerful-end of.
rainslacker  +   1208d ago
He also states it was supposed to bring console quality gaming to mobile devices...which isn't it's actual purpose, although it could serve to do something like that, but probably no more so than the google store or iTunes.
SpinalRemains138  +   1208d ago
No letdown
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Dits  +   1208d ago
The sky is falling! 1 week has passed and PS Mobile has no games!!!
smashcrashbash  +   1208d ago
Try this

It's supposed to be challenging and fun.

And could we at least give it a month before you start the griping?
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spongeboob  +   1208d ago
I have the game and it is very fun and challenging. It's like the classic defender game only underwater and with cats. You can't go wrong with water and cats. lol
GraveLord  +   1208d ago
Playstation Mobile is for the more casual gamer. It's a bunch of time-wasters. It's not a place for real games, or PS1/PS2/PSP ports. That's what the Playstation Store is for.
ziggurcat  +   1208d ago
uh... didn't this just launch not too long ago?

obvious troll is obvious.
maniacmayhem  +   1208d ago
I always said that Sony should have focused more on the Xperia than the Vita.
In my opinion of course.
Gohadouken  +   1208d ago
Meh Xperia phones hardware arent even setting the mobile world on fire . It's decent and got a few pros like durability and cameras , but it's still usually the same level of hardware or worse , than other androids , ios and winphone manufacturers , yet more expensive
Soldierone  +   1208d ago
My phone was free. If I wanted another one, they were 100 to 200 dollars cheaper than the other smart phones. My phone also hasn't broke after leaving it out when taking a shower or after dropping it several time from far distances.

Let alone the quality of everything is supurb. used to HATE touchscreen keyboards till I got my xperia.

My phone is an Xperia, and i'm never going back. WAY (I mean miles!) better then every single Motorola piece of junk i've owned....Samsung makes nice phones and LG makes great quality phones no doubt, but Motorola and the others suck.
skrug  +   1208d ago
That's not true at all..

Most of Sony xperia phones are price (slightly) lower than others in the same tier. Especially in the mid tier, compared to others it is better. And they have very nice designs.

Also, they are very supportive of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and contribute the most to it.

"I don't think that any other manufacturer has been contributing nearly as much as Sony did"
-Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead of the AOSP
hkgamer  +   1208d ago
Xperia phones are ok I guess, spec wise it is not brilliant, but I reckon design wise it looks better than all smartphones including apple. Well that is my opinion and I have been buying Sony products most of my life.

Well lets wait until the next set of Xperia phones since they will be the first set of phones designed since the Sony takeover(whatever you want to call it).
Gohadouken  +   1207d ago
Right now at least , specs wise you have stuff like Xperia Ion in the same price range as it's galaxy 3 , iphones or deluxe htc concurrents with lower specs , save the camera .

That's not good or appealing enough and a good reason why , save the usual set of fans , the brand isnt selling as well as in the past .

For too long they've sold stuff at higher price range than the worth of the hardware , like they did recently with their tv sets .

Things will likely change soon , and they have to if they wanna be on top again .
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DigitalRaptor  +   1208d ago
Haha. Yeah... "all this time"
Soldierone  +   1208d ago
If I'm not mistaken.....didn't the service release last friggin week and people are already calling it dead? Good god....
portal_2  +   1208d ago
"Console quality" WTF?
hkgamer  +   1208d ago
Kinda scan read through the article.

"In other words, PlayStation Mobile was a hedge against the potential failure of Sony’s latest handheld, the PlayStation Vita"

I think the Playstation Mobile/Suite first started because of Sony Ericsson. It first started as a project to bring playstation 1 and exclusive games to SE mobile phones. The scope of PSsuite/mobile got bigger as they planned for more devices as well as buying all of Ericsson shares of SE.

I do want to actually see how many people actually used PSmobile on their phones and tablets. From what I have heard, everyone is just using it for the Vita.
optimus  +   1208d ago
Well you seem to understand what the article is all about. Everyone else seems to want to make something else out of it... No, the service hasn't been out for 2 weeks, it's been out since the experia has been out which is like a year or so. The fact that they retooled it and renamed it is irrelevant. The article makes valid points overall...those that don't want to see it are those that hope to work for sony someday...typical.
skrug  +   1208d ago
the dev kits were still in beta until recently,

And PS suite was only on a select few hardware before: Xperia Play, Arc, Tablet S, and this year they added Xperia S, ION and HTC's One series.

And really the store just opened this Oct.
rainslacker  +   1208d ago
The PSS SDK just recently came out of beta. I used it about 4 months ago during the beta phase and liked what it had to offer, but it obviously needed some work to get up to par with some of the other free engines out there.

The main point of this article seemed to point out that PSM seemed more geared for people that had a Vita...and because of that it would have no real draw for developers, since these apps were already available on other platforms(iOS, Droid).

However, I would argue the fact that developers could now easily and cheaply target the Vita platform is a very strong draw for developers to use the PSS. Not only do you get an ever increasing market share of standardized hardware(of which you only have to write one set of code for), you also get to target an ever increasing user base of Vita owners, who are much more likely to purchase games at a higher price.

As time goes by(ie. not one week, but months and years), more and more developers will look to this market because of the ever increasing number of devices that get certified for simple marketing. They will not disregard a large section of the market, and they certainly won't disregard the chance to release it on an actual game console.
HarvesterOSarow  +   1208d ago
What?! Playstation Mobile has been out for 2 weeks and it isn't as big as the Apple store?!?!

Why did you lie to me God! Whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyy?

On a realistic note, grow up Mezzo, stuff like this doesn't change overnight.
MasterCornholio  +   1208d ago
And by December Playstation Mobile will contain over 80 games (Playstation Blog).

I guess its doomed.

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MaximusPrime  +   1208d ago
Why it always got to do with any of Sony product? Especially when negative articles comes after barely a week of release?

Some people do not have any lives whatsoever.
cfountain  +   1208d ago

It JUST came out. 2 WEEKS AGO!
ginsunuva  +   1208d ago
Sony needs to announce to the world this exists. Otherwise, they love releasing good products silently.

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