It looks like PlayStation is getting ready to bring its most popular franchises to mobile phones.
Mobile gaming is an ever-growing industry, and it’s one that traditional gamers tend to underestimate. And with smartphones getting more powerful with each passing year, the constraints of gaming on a phone are getting less noticeable over time.
Now it looks like Sony is getting ready to enter the mobile gaming market in a big way. The company is clearly picking up on the success of Xbox’s Cloud Gaming system that allows fans to play Xbox games on phones.
But it seems that PlayStation will be handling things a little differently with its most popular franchises.
PlayStation Putting Most Popular Franchises on Smartphones
It looks like Sony is aiming to put some of PlayStation’s most popular franchises on smartphone devices.
This confirmation comes after a new job listing for Head of Mobile appeared online for Sony Interactive Entertainment. The job is situated at PlayStation studio headquarters and seems to be a brand-new role for the gaming company.
“Do you want to lead the development and strategy of mobile gaming and help shape the future of gaming for a world-class studio? As Head of Mobile, you will own and develop the mobile games strategy for PlayStation Studios and help build a foundation for future growth opportunities.”
It sounds as though Sony is starting from the ground up when it comes to its mobile gaming strategy. However, in the past, PlayStation has released mobile adaptations such as Run Sackboy Run, so this isn’t the company’s first attempt at breaking into the industry.
According to the job listing, the new Head of Mobile is responsible for building and executing a 3-5 year business plan, but we might not have to wait that long to see results. After all, the listing also confirms an existing mobile slate “already in development.”
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What PlayStation Games Are Coming to Mobile?
The Head of Mobile job also confirms the planned development of adaptions of PlayStation’s most popular franchises for mobile. And it looks as though multiple games will be in production at once, with the Head of Mobile overseeing.
Of course, it’s unlikely that AAA titles such as Ghost of Tsushima or Spider-Man could get direct mobile ports. But an adaptation of these major titles could prove to be an excellent introduction for Sony’s new project.
Lately, Sony has been playing it safe with a new Last of Us remake and Uncharted game coming to PS5. It’s nice to see the company willing to take risks once again.
Perhaps this mobile venture is the beginning of Sony’s upcoming ‘counterpunch’ to Xbox Game Pass. But right now, Xbox fans’ ability to play console games on mobile sounds a little more appealing.
Given that Sony is paying employees an insane bonus after the success of the PS5, the company clearly has money to burn. But how much of that will be sunk into this mobile gaming initiative remains to be seen.