announced Thursday that it will form a subsidiary called ForwardWorks to
develop games for iOS and Android devices in Asia.
move makes Sony the latest console game company to move into smartphone apps,
following rival Nintendo.
first smartphone app, Miitomo, was released in Japan last week. But Miitomo is
more like a social experience than a traditional game. The app asks users
questions about themselves, and then shares those answers with friends.
appears to be taking a different route. The company said it will offer
"full-fledged game titles" and use existing PlayStation games and
characters in new apps.
Sony has previously dabbled with smartphone gaming without much success.
2012, the company launched PlayStation Mobile in an attempt to bring Android
smartphone games to its dedicated handheld console, the PlayStation Vita. But
PlayStation Mobile failed to catch on.