PlayStation games could be coming to iPhone and Android this year — Sony CEO confirms

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Sony reveals it wants to bring first-party PlayStation IPs to mobile in order to tap into the smartphone gaming market, stating it is currently "exploring the mobile market."

According to Sony's recent Corporate Strategy meeting, PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan stated the company is looking to reach millions of more gamers on a mobile platform, something the gaming giant originally tried with PlayStation Mobile during the PS Vita era.  

Spotted by reputable senior analyst Daniel Ahmad, Ryan stated there a range of "diverse first-party IP" PlayStation games that can transition to smartphone gaming. These games would compliment AAA games, meaning we could see more mobile games when more exclusive PS5 games start releasing.

Ryan adds that Sony is currently "exploring the mobile market with some wonderful PlayStation franchises." Could this mean gamers can expect a God of War mobile game down the line? Or possibly something sooner to launch alongside the upcoming Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PS5 exclusive.

While Sony didn't mention if these PlayStation mobile games would be more cloud-based, like Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud gaming service, or more along the lines of Nintendo's mobile games, such as Mario Kart Tour, Super Mario Run, and Fire Emblem Heroes.

Since Ryan stated the PlayStation smartphone games will "complement" AAA titles, we're expecting Sony will be taking cues from Nintendo. However, they could follow along the lines of Final Fantasy XV : Pocket Edition, which featured the full game on iPhone and Android phones on a smaller scale.

Regardless, Sony clearly wants to dive into the mobile gaming market once again. If you're a mobile gamer yourself, you'll want to check out the Backbone One controller. 

Darragh Murphy

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.