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Sony adds ASUS and Wikipad to PlayStation Mobile, takes away PS One games

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday August 14, 2012.

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At its Gamescom press conference today, Sony announced that it will launch its PlayStation Mobile gaming initiative this fall. Sony also added two new companies to the list of manufacturers who have been certified to deliver PlayStation content. The company also shared some surprising news concerning gaming options.

Sony announced that ASUS and WikiPad will join HTC as the first manufacturers other than Sony to support PlayStation Mobile. The PlayStation Certified devices will have an alternative game store with curated titles built specifically for mobile devices. PS One Classics will not be among the options, however. In a press release published shortly after its conference, Sony said:

"In conjunction with the launch of dedicated content for PlayStation Mobile through PlayStation Store, legendary PlayStation games (PS one® Classics) for PlayStation Certified devices will no longer be offered...This campaign will be launched for Xperia arc, Xperia acro, Xperia PLAY, Xperia acro HD, Xperia S, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Sony Tablet S, and Sony Tablet P."

It was originally believed that the full suite of PlayStation Mobile, including PS One titles ported to Android, would be available to all PlayStation Certified devices. However, it appears that Sony has decided to focus on new games for PlayStation Mobile.

ASUS and Wikipad did not appear phased by this caveat, as both companies released statements showing excitement about their involvement with PlayStation Mobile. ASUS said its Transformer Pad has been certified, and Wikipad said its 10.1-inch tablet, also named Wikipad, will use PlayStation Mobile to help users discover more games.

Sony plans to launch PlayStation Store in the U.S. and eight other countries this fall. It will then launch a developer program in 11 countries. Sony says 85 developers and publishers have already agreed to create games for PlayStation Mobile.

source: Sony

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