Sony's PlayStation to get a major smartphone push, confirms new job application page
More than smartphones, Sony is now known for its ‘PlayStation’ gaming console. And considering the popularity of the platform, it might soon bring it to a wider audience by bringing ‘PlayStation’ to its handsets. There’s no public announcement on this by any executive yet but a mere listing for a job vacancy gives away a major chunk of the plan.
As noticed by Eurogamer, Sony has posted a job application for “Head of Mobile, PlayStation Studios” on its website. The job description adds that “Do you want to lead the development and strategy of mobile gaming and help shape the future of gaming for a world-class studio? As Head of Mobile, you will own and develop the mobile games strategy for PlayStation Studios and help build a foundation for future growth opportunities. You will lead all aspects of the expansion of our game development from consoles and PCs to mobile & Live Services with a focus on successfully adapting PlayStation’s most popular franchises for mobile. You will be responsible for building and scaling a team of mobile leaders and will serve as the Head of this new business unit within PlayStation Studios.”
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The description doesn’t give any timeframe but it does mention that the individual will draft a 3-5 year strategy and business plan, growth targets, resources needs & KPI’s.
Whatever Sony is planning right now, it does feel the company is going in the right direction considering the likes of PUBG Mobile, Genshin Impact and others have boosted the mobile gaming market by a lot. It already makes camera phones but with gaming smartphones it can potentially take on Asus ROG Phone 5, Lenovo Legion Duel 2 and others. It may also add as a value addition for those who already have a PlayStation console.
That said, Sony has already tried merging PlayStation with smartphones before by bringing the PlayStation app, PS Remote Play app and more. However, these didn’t turn out to be the key selling points of the device. It also launched the Xperia Play smartphone, which never saw a lot of popularity.