Smartphone gaming is arguably one of the most popular pastimes involving the advanced mobile phones – and it has long since emerged from the niches to become a mainstream activity.
The popularity of apps such as Angry Birds is testament to the fact – and the success of that particular game could be seen to have been eclipsed by that of the more recent Pokemon Go.
With this in mind, it is perhaps understandable that the major games companies are considering larger forays into the world of smartphones.
New reports indicate that Sony could be bringing some of its most popular PlayStation titles to smartphones – and the move could be imminent, with 2018 pencilled in as a possible launch date.
Japanese news site Nikkei revealed that the games will initially be launched in the Asian market in March 2018, the Guardian reports – and Sony has already announced a new division called ForwardWorks.
This company was created specifically to produce new smartphone titles for both iOS and Android platforms using some of the most popular and successful characters and intellectual property that have featured on PlayStation consoles.
It will not be the first time Sony tried to bring its PlayStation brand to mobiles, as it already launched PlayStation Mobile in 2012. This was a software platform that allowed owners of 'PlayStation certified' phones – such as some Xperia models – access to a selection of classic and independently produced PlayStation titles.
However, the concept did not generate sufficient interest and Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld console, which also supported PlayStation Mobile games, did not sell in strong enough numbers.
No details were provided on what titles will be coming to smartphones under Sony's new plans. Some of its most popular brands include the likes of Crash Bandicoot, God of War, Gran Turismo, Uncharted and Wipeout.
Nintendo has also made its way into the smartphone gaming sector for the first time recently. While Pokemon Go is popularly associated with the Japanese company's consoles, it is not owned by Nintendo – but forthcoming titles such as Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are.
Perhaps most significantly, Super Mario Run was announced alongside the launch of the latest iPhone – an endless runner game for smartphones as a new version of the Nintendo mascot's franchise.
With two of the gaming industry's biggest players embracing smartphones, the future could be bright for mobile gamers.