JAPANESE ELECTRONICS MAKER Sony has revealed that it will launch its Playstation Mobile gaming service later this year.
Speaking at the Gamescom conference in Cologne on Tuesday, Sony said that it will roll out Playstation Mobile this Autumn in 30 countries including the UK, US and Australia.
Previously branded as Playstation Suite, the service will appear on Sony Xperia phones and tablets, select Android devices and the Playstation Vita console, and will provide a vehicle for third-party software developers and publishers to create new content like games for portable devices.
Sony also announced a partnership with hardware makers Asus and Wikipad, which will join Sony's Playstation Certified licence programme, following in the footsteps of HTC. This means that owners of Asus and Wikipad devices will get access to Playstation Mobile content, and will be able to play a game on one Playstation Certified device and resume it on another.
In addition Sony announced a new feature called Cross-Play, which will let users download free copies of selected Playstation Vita games if they've already bought those on the PS3. Games included in this feature will include Assassin's Creed 3, Rachet & Clank Q-Force and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
In a seperate announcement, Sony also revealed that it is prepping a software update for the Playstation Vita, set to be released on August 28, which will enable the handheld console to be used as a controller for PS3 consoles. µ
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