An official press statement from Sony Computer Entertainment posted this week confirms that the Sony PlayStation Mobile (PSM) service will launch next month, on October 3. The service will be compatible with several PlayStation-certified devices, including the Sony PlayStation Vita and the Android-based HTC One X smartphone.
The service will initially be launched in nine countries, namely the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and Japan. Other countries should be able to make use of PSM starting next month, although Sony didn’t announce which countries or regions would be next in line for the service’s launch schedule.
Aside from the PS Vita and One X, other devices to support PSM include the HTC One S and HTC One V and the Sony Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia S, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Xperia TX, Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia SL and the Sony Tablet S, Tablet P and Xperia Tablet S.
As part of PSM, members would be able to purchase 30 titles initially, ranging in price from $0.60 to $10. Higher-end games, of course, will cost more than those whose developers aren’t that well-known; less-popular games may also come at a lower price. Sony didn’t specify the titles either, but did mention the genres of each PS Mobile game – Adventure, Action, Puzzle, Sports, and Simulation.
Also of interest to developers is the PSM Developer’s Kit, which Sony plans to release for the price of $99 a month. This should allow developers of mobile games to launch their titles for PSM, thus providing more variety to gamers on the service.