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

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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13 Comments

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

2. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

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

3. FlushGordon unregistered

The days of 'dedicated' gadgets are over buddy... Point and shoot cameras are dying as well Blane it on smartphones

5. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Smartphones will never replace stuff like powerful desktops and receivers.

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

9. n4n0Br4in

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

11. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

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

12. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

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

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 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

6. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

8. Avenger337

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

10. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 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

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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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