Not to be outdone by Nintendo, Sony has announced that they’re starting up a new business division called ForwardWorks, which will be tasked with bringing their brand of gaming into the mobile arena. Soon we’ll seen “full-fledged game titles” as well as PlayStation characters and IPs showing up on smart devices.

Of course, this won’t be Sony’s first foray into mobile games. I’m not talking about the PSP, but the Xperia Play, a smartphone dedicated to gaming. It was released on April 1st, 2011 (an April 1st release is just begging for jokes) and by May of 2012 it was no longer receiving Android updates for stability reasons. Despite the Xperia Play being unsuccessful, Sony could still do very well in the mobile software realm.

While Nintendo has been dragging their feet somewhat, taking an entire year between announcing their mobile plans and producing their first app, Sony plans to kick things off next month. We don’t know when we’ll see a finished product, but Sony clearly doesn’t intend to wait around.

Meanwhile, Nintendo has Miitomo, their first game/social-networking app that people seem to like well enough. Although PSN is a vital part of the PlayStation infrastructure, I would imagine that Sony’s first mobile game will be a much more traditional gaming experience than what Nintendo has delivered. Either way, I’m excited to see what both companies have coming down the pipe. They both have properties that would do well in the mobile arena.

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