Sony has decided to end its support for PlayStation Mobile for all Android devices.
According to the announcement, the service will not be withdrawn and will continue to work with PlayStation Certified devices that run Android 4.4.2 and below. However, Sony will no longer guarantee official support for the games and that means there’s no guarantee that the games will play correctly from Android 4.4.3 and up.
Likewise, users may also be unable to access the store on newer Android devices. On the upcoming release of Android L for phones and tablets, access to the store will be completely unavailable.
According to Sony, it has no plans to offer PlayStation Certified status on any more devices.
The PlayStation Mobile service was launched in 2012 and was originally part of the company’s plan to support cross-platform indie releases publishing for both PS Vita and Google’s operating system. Developers were given freedom to publish games on the Vita without having to go through the usual certification process. It also allowed for publishing games to PlayStation-certified Android devices.
The news may come strange, knowing Sony’s increased focus on bringing the indie community over to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. That being said, it may also be the exact reason that Sony has decided to cut ties with the mobile platform and shift their focus entirely towards their consoles.