Sony plans to launch more than five smartphone games, according to the gaming and electronics powerhouse. This acts as a response to Nintendo’s current step towards mobile gaming. Right now, the gaming industry looks to get a piece of the mobile games market. Mobile gaming proves to be as lucrative as ever, evidenced by revenues of around 12.4 billion USD. Sony’s planned games will be developed and published through Sony’s subsidiary ForwardWorks. This brand focuses exclusively on mobile gaming.
As it stands, Japan and then other Asian countries will be the first markets to receive the games. Sony looks to continue its strong showing thanks to Playstation VR and the newly released Pro and Slim versions of the Playstation 4. Console makers like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft look to mobile gaming for fresh revenue. Just last year, Nintendo partnered with DeNA to bring a few titles on mobile. That’s not to mention the extremely popular Pokemon Go, which was a partnership with Niantic. September, in addition, also brought the announcement of Super Mario Run for the Apple iOS.
In a world where the console market is now competing with the mobile games industry, this could be a chance for Sony and its other competitors to revitalize the brand. This is especially good news after Sony’s handheld offering, the PS Vita, floundered in comparison to the sales of Nintendo’s popular 3DS console. Only time can tell whether or not today’s console giants will soon bring a flurry of IP’s to the smartphone market.