It’s not exactly an official announcement, but it may as well be. In huge and exciting news, Sony is planning to bring its biggest-ever PlayStation games to the mobile experience.
Sony let slip of its plan to launch a new mobile gaming experience via a recently posted job ad for Head of Mobile to the Sony Interactive Entertainment site.
Based in California, the successful applicant to this position will “lead the development and strategy of mobile gaming and help shape the future of gaming for a world-class studio”, the listing reads.
“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.”
It’s not the first time PlayStation has ventured into the world of mobile gaming. Back in 2011, Sony launched the PlayStation Vita, a handheld video game console that intended to marry the experience of big-budget video game platforms with mobile gaming, which at the time, was up-and-coming tech. These were the days of the iPhone 4, so smartphones still had a long way to go.
The PlayStation Vita was eventually discontinued, but clearly the idea for mobile gaming remained. Now, the technology appears to be viable enough to bring the vision to fruition, and for real this time.
There’s no firm word yet on when PlayStation would be in a position to launch a mobile gaming arm, but considering Sony is only now hiring the role, and the position does outline requirements to “build and execute against a mobile 3-5 year business plan”, it seems we could be waiting a while.