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Calling all developers: Sony kills publishing fee for PlayStation Mobile and Vita

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Calling all developers: Sony kills publishing fee for PlayStation Mobile and Vita
Some may say that this is a last ditch effort by Sony to save its floundering mobile gaming platforms, and those people probably wouldn't be too far off. Even though the PlayStation Vita is a great piece of hardware, the software simply isn't there. And, even though PlayStation Mobile can't be found on too many mobile devices, it could also use more games. At least that seems to be the theory from Sony.

Sony really wants to attract developers to its mobile platforms, and the best way to do that is by "removing any existing barriers" to entry. Sony realized that one major barrier could be the cost of publishing. The company had a policy to charge $99 for a license to publish on any PlayStation Mobile enabled device and the PS Vita, but that is gone now. 

As of Tuesday, Sony has killed the publishing fee, so developers can now publish games for free. Whether or not this changes things for Sony remains to be seen, because both Apple and Microsoft charge a $99 annual fee to developers wanting to publish in either the iOS or Windows Phone app stores, and both stores have solid catalogs of games. 

source: PlayStation Blog US & EU via Engadget

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posted on 09 May 2013, 22:18

1. FlushGordon (unregistered)

Hand held console gaming is soo 2002.

I don't think that strategy will help SONY that much...it's only prolinging the agony prolly will add 2 nore years of life support b4 it eventually dies....RIP handheld console

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:28 7

2. pyradark (Posts: 821; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

Lol, this will help playstation store to grow fast, and attract big company like apple and samsung to get PS certified!!

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:37 4

3. FlushGordon (unregistered)

The days of 'dedicated' gadgets are over buddy...

Point and shoot cameras are dying as well

Blane it on smartphones

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:01

5. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)

Smartphones will never replace stuff like powerful desktops and receivers.

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:10 3

7. FlushGordon (unregistered)

But most people can live without Computers or laptops using just a tablet or a phone.

I only use my PC nowadays when transferring contents to my tablet/phone

PC's are now reduced solely for content creation

posted on 10 May 2013, 01:09 1

9. n4n0Br4in (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

I don't think so. Many of my friends (and me) still prefer using laptop for browsing, encoding, programming and play heavy game on PC. I rarely use my tablet.

As for hand held console, smartphone will never replace handheld.

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:12

11. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

Really? I don't see any smartphone catching up with my RX100 and NEX-5R

posted on 10 May 2013, 06:13

12. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

Say this to Sony but when its Nintendo I bet you'll say something different

posted on 09 May 2013, 22:42 4

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 1971; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Most of the games and apps on play station mobile are not free and some of them sucks big time. I hope sony will keep on improving that starting of with removing this publishing fee so developers will now be more encouraged

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:09 1

6. .KRATOS. (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

I hope to see playstation store on every window device and not just sony and some htc'c and to have decent games like god of war, black ops, mortal kombat and many more.

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:14

8. Avenger337 (Posts: 66; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)

Sony is doing its job, now they want more support to their handheld console that has so much power, but it needs more software support to succeed. Sony's decision seems great, now expected to secede.

posted on 10 May 2013, 01:54 1

10. .KRATOS. (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

And I also like to see the playstation store on all android devices thats how it'll grow and not just on some specific one's

posted on 11 May 2013, 02:15

13. MC1123 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

nice move sony! now, bring the vita OS on smartphones!

and also cut down the price of the memory card of the vita! the heck with the pricetag?!

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