Gaming is software and software is content and there is no sense in keeping your content confined to particular devices. Take for example games. Normally, you can play video games only on designated consoles. For example, PlayStation games can, for the time being, only be played using a PlayStation console. Similarly, Nintendo games can be played using a Nintendo console. But this is going to change.
According to this Wired update, starting from March 2018, you will be able to play your favourite PlayStation games in Android and iOS. What does that mean? You will be able to play your PlayStation games on tablets and smartphones rather than just the PlayStation console.
Why does Sony want to make its PlayStation games available in Android and iOS? New games are constantly being produced. People tire of old games and move on to new games. But for those who have never played old games, even old games a new, right? So all the old PlayStation games that might be just lying around, when they become available on Android and iOS, thousands of people will be purchasing them, making lots of money for Sony. In corporate speak, “(this new endeavor) will leverage the intellectual property of the numerous PlayStation dedicated software titles.” That’s one reason.
Since games are sold as separate software, when these games become available for Android and iOS, people will be able to run them on different environments. Many games are not played because you need PlayStation or Xbox with them. If you want to play a particular game, you’re not going to purchase the complete PlayStation set. You just want to play that game. If that PlayStation game becomes available on Android and iOS, you will buy it and play.
Sony has set up a new division called ForwardWorks that is changing the code of the games so that they can be played on platforms like Android and iOS. The same division will handle marketing and distribution of these games. Both old and new games will be made available on Android and iOS platforms.