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Sony Is Bringing PlayStation Games To iOS and Android Devices ( 48

An anonymous reader points us to Bryan Lufkin's report on Gizmodo: A year ago, Nintendo announced its long-overdue plans to bring its games to smartphones. Now, Sony's doing the same thing. You'll soon be able to play original Sony games on your iOS or Android device, the company announced today. Sony is setting up a new business division called ForwardWorks, which will focus on mobile services, bringing 'full-fledged game titles' and Sony's PlayStation characters and intellectual property to handheld smart devices. And it could be happening pretty soon -- the press release says ForwardWorks kicks off operations next month.
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Sony Is Bringing PlayStation Games To iOS and Android Devices

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's called emulators

    • by Anonymous Coward

      How did this comment get modded up?

      At least on the Android side, I'm aware of three emulators for Sony devices. I'm aware of ePSXe, FPse, and PPSSPP. The first two, ePSXe and FPse, are PSX emulators and generally work pretty well. You can generally play games without a copy of the PSX BIOS. The third is PPSSPP, which emulates the PSP. In my experience, games on this emulator are hit and miss. While some games work well, many others do not. Some graphic-intensive games have poor performance, even after turni

    • I would never do this. I would certainly never load my kids' Android tablets up with a NES emulator with dozens of games that I loved playing back in the day such as Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past.

  • Sony originally did this on the Xperia Play, a little-known gaming smartphone possibly inspired by the Nokia N-Gage. Where other phones might have a sliding keyboard, it has a sliding gamepad with two touch-sensitive circles standing in for analog sticks. A small number of games were released for the Xplay, at a few bucks a piece. All of them run on the same emulator, and simply consist of CD images bundled up with it. A tool PSXperia [] lets you convert your own titles, and the vast majority of games do work with some notably unfortunate exceptions like Wipeout XL. (That's almost as sad as Forgotten Worlds not playing on the Sega Nomad... but uh, I digress.)

    Hopefully, they are continuing the strategy of using a general emulator, and even more hopefully, it will be readily hacked to accept other game images... and have link play. Or at least, that they will sell WOXL. Because let's face it, what is really wanted is being able to play WOXL over the internet...

  • Seriously haven't we established already that not only is gawker a disgrace of a website, but its satellite ones as well? Both kotaku and gizmodo themselves have been caught showing poor journalistic integrity and ethics. In fact gizmodo was even banned from E3.

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      I would have to say getting banned from marketing events for being too investigative rather than just promoting the marketing line is a good thing rather than a bad thing. As for exposing some jock strap douche making money basically bragging about the size of their ego and their junk for who they really are, tiny on the inside and the outside, well, that is fair too, makes for a healthier society, less focused on junk because that junk is all bullshit, designed to do nothing but sell junk. A whole lot mor

      • I would have to say getting banned from marketing events for being too investigative rather than just promoting the marketing line is a good thing rather than a bad thing.

        They got banned from CES (which is what I meant to say, not E3) for turning off all of the digital signage they came across. That isn't being investigative, it's just being obnoxious.

        The rules are a changing, whether you like it or not and fakers will be exposed no matter how rich or powerful.

        I have no idea what you're talking about, but I have a feeling that you're one of those who make up stories about the Bilderberg group. No thanks.

  • Most playstation games would map poorly to a tablet experience due to the absence of a controller but this isn't true for the new Apple TV now that Apple has opened the APIs up and that supports Bluetooth controllers (though Apple also forces the game to be "playable" using the remote). I wonder if Sony foresees Apple TVs & similar Android devices as being a market large enough to make PS games profitable.

  • Now you can pay $19.95 for Crash Bandicoot 1 on your ipad, Sony found a new cash cow.

    • Pretty much this ... the new cash cow us just figuring out how to charge for the old cash cow all over again.

    • Could be worse. They could be Konami, that basically is trashing all of its old flagship franchises and the creators along with them, in order to switch completely to mobile gaming. I'd much rather pay for a mobile port of a real game, than get saddled with a ridiculous microtransaction heavy mess, like with Granblue Fantasy: []
    • Now you can pay $19.95 for Crash Bandicoot 1 on your ipad, Sony found a new cash cow.

      Sony only charged five or six bucks for PS1 games for the Xperia Play, and a user figured out how to swap in your own game images...

  • by Vyse of Arcadia ( 1220278 ) on Thursday March 24, 2016 @02:14PM (#51770695)
    Gee, Sony, thanks for abandoning the Vita in favor of this shit. I love playing games designed for buttons on a touchscreen.
  • Run Sackboy Run came out last year. I assume Sony were testing the waters.
  • Pretty please? For Android?
  • Since Sony released FF7 on PSN, I keep an old, busted PSP around just to fulfill the occasional Jap RPG craving. If their pricing is reasonable and they find a decent way to update the interfaces to account for the lack of buttons, this could be a very good thing. Although, TBH, I don't really expect them to follow through on either front.

  • Sony tablet S (Android Kitkat) that I bought about 4 years ago or so. It had an emulator app and a PSN store-style app to purchase both original games and classics.

    The tablet came with vouchers for two games from the store, and I choose Crash Bandicoot and Jet-Moto.

    So yeah, I've already (legally) played PSX games on a tablet. Not sure why this is news again.

  • No (Score:4, Informative)

    by HalAtWork ( 926717 ) on Thursday March 24, 2016 @05:38PM (#51772483)

    They're not putting PlayStation or Nintendo games on these platforms. They're making entirely new games based on existing characters optimized for the platform. You won't be playing Super Mario Bros or Uncharted on your phone.

  • Sony will be installing root kits in as many android and apple devices as possible.

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