Goodbye Playstation Mobile
Do you know Playstation Mobile? No? I think so.
Playstation Mobile is a service started in 2012 which mainly aimed to attract indie game developers to publish their games on Vita and some other verified smartphones. It was a good way to create simple games/applications and didn’t need huge devkits to develop. In theory, it sounds great to have quick smartphone games on your Vita. In practice, it never took off. The service was heavily criticized for not being advertised enough and having some major drawbacks for devs. Even though the fees were low enough (it was even free to create developer account at some point), it didn’t get enough attention neither from indie devs nor from Sony. It is possible that you never even visited the category in PSN Store as it is not exactly in a place that gets attention.
As expected, Sony decided to shut down the service. Shutdown will take place in two steps. You won’t be able to buy new games/applications after July 15. You will still be able to re-download your stuff till September 10. After this date, you won’t even be able to redownload your bought content. It is recommended to backup your content before the service shutdown happens. So far it is only valid for Japanese PSN, but other regions will more than probably follow.
After the recent Youtube/Google Maps service shutdown, it is another bad sign for Vita. I have a bad feeling that more will follow, hope i am wrong.