A Document Reveals Sony’s Plan To Bring PlayStation Now To Mobile Devices

Sony’s plan to bring PlayStation Now to mobile devices

A past document reveals Sony’s plan to bring PlayStation Now, its cloud gaming service to mobile devices. The Verge reported that the confidential document from the Epic v. Apple trial shows that Apple had insiders knowledge about Sony’s plan to launch PlayStation Now on iOS and Android.

The document itself was dated back in 2017, at the time when PlayStation Now was available on the PS 3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV, some smart TVs, and Blu-ray players. Then in the same year, Sony decided to stop the service on all these platforms and make it available only for PlayStation 4 and PC.

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PlayStation Now is a cloud gaming service provided by Sony to stream PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games. The service was initially available for PS 3, PS Vita, PlayStation TV, some supported smart TVs, and Blu-ray players, later Sony narrowed the service’s coverage by discontinuing the service for these devices, then making it available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. As of 2021, there are around 800 games available on PlayStation Now and keeps adding.

The article’s author (of The Verge) added:

Why did Apple bring this up? It’s a smack dab in the middle of an explanation of Apple’s plans to launch its own game subscription service, Apple Arcade, which wouldn’t be announced until two year later. At the time, Apple was preparing to target top 30 game studios and ask for as many as “a few hundred titles”.

The plan isn’t yet realized till today or supposedly abandoned. Apparently, Sony isn’t too ambitious to make the PlayStation Now to become the leading cloud-gaming platform. Instead of bringing PlayStation now to mobile devices, Sony reportedly focusing on its new game subscription service codenamed Spartacus, a merge of Sony’s two existing subscription plans, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, which expected to release in spring 2022.

Source: Bloomberg, The Verge

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