Sony plans to bring popular PlayStation games to the mobile platform as soon as possible.
Positive feedback in the PC gaming market encouraged for mobile
During a Q&A session on investor relations, Jim Ryan, president, and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that the company plans to launch its main franchises on non-console platforms such as mobile, encouraged by its “very successful” first steps into the PC gaming market.
Ryan revealed the company’s transition to mobile gaming by presenting a study that suggests that mobile games made $121 billion worldwide in 2020, compared to $62 billion in the console game market and $42 billion in the PC gaming market. Jim Ryan made the following statements on this subject:
“We’re starting our journey to get PlayStation’s first-party games out of the console. We started last year by releasing two of our games, Horizon Zero Dawn and Predator, on the PC platform, and both were pretty profitable. This was a really successful start for us. In FY21, we decided to release some of our popular PlayStation games on mobile devices.”
PlayStation plans to release an increasing number of games on mobile devices compared to console games. The company hopes mobile games will become increasingly important as time goes on, and reports published within the industry show that the situation is moving in this direction.
Sony previously claimed that the transition to mobile games will happen with at least five games by March 2018, but so far there has been no progress on this issue.
PlayStation opened a new business unit earlier this year to adapt its “most popular series” to mobile devices, and was hiring developers to achieve a mobile product roadmap in a span of three to five years, VideoGamesChronicle reported. This development, announced by Sony, is expected to come at the end of the fiscal year 2022.
“PlayStation has a huge catalog of a wide variety of first-party games that can switch to smartphone games and complement our AAA games or live service games. We’re exploring the mobile market with great PlayStation franchises, so please stay tuned.”
Sony Interactive Entertainment is the producer and publisher of numerous popular games, including God of War, Gran Turismo, Uncharted, Killzone, The Last of Us, LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet & Clank, Until Dawn. The company’s desire to switch to mobile games may indicate that some of these games will reach iOS and iPadOS. As is known, Sony’s PlayStation 5 DualSense now works with iOS and iPadOS, and this development can offer a high level of performance in Sony’s new mobile games.