Sony has announced that it will launch its PlayStation Store next month, bringing PlayStation Mobile titles to certified devices across 9 countries.
Previously, most of these titles were restricted to Sony's own Android phones, but the company has struck a deal that will bring 30 new titles from a variety of genres to selected Fujitsu and Sharp smartphones as well. This may not be big news for stateside customers, but it's particularly significant in the Japanese market.
According to the press release, the service will start in nine countries - Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia - on October 3rd, with more countries to be announced in the future. Titles in Japan will be priced between 50 yen and 850 yen, which equates to around 63 cents and $10.75 in the US.
Developers wishing to publish games on the PlayStation Store can do so using the Mobile SDK, which will be available from November. Games published through the SDK will be available on all certified PlayStation devices, as well as the PlayStation Vita, and it will cost $99 per year.
Hopefully Sony will be able to create deals with more manufacturers in the future, allowing more PlayStation Mobile games to become available to customers outside of Japan. It will be interesting to see how games from the PlayStation Store will compete with those on the Play store, but it looks like they're off to a good start with 30 titles coming in the next few weeks.
Source: Press Release