Shit just got real.
Slowly but surely, Sony is putting all of the pieces in place to make a strong push in the mobile gaming market. Announced at GDC, Unity launched for Android with support for the Xperia Play. Here’s the cool part, Unity disclosed developer testimonials regarding ease of porting already built iOS apps over to Android. Some are as quick as two days (!!!) while another took only a week to bring over, tune up and make use of the game hardware. Unity also boasts a developer community of 350,000 who have just been given an easier development path to build for Android. Exciting times! You can find the link to some info at the Sony Ericcson blog here.
Second on the list of awesome news is middleware makers Havok have announced support for Android. In case you aren’t aware, Havok is the physics engine that powers games like the BattleField Series, Halo series, StarCraft 2, the Source engine. This is grade A middleware people. And now it’s available for Android.
Last on the list for news that I’m sure most people are scratching their heads on, Major League Gaming has partnered with SE to make the Xperia Play the official mobile handset of MLG. Yesterday I wrote an article citing that Sony was just getting their feet wet with mobile phone gaming and Android. This is exactly what I was talking about. Mobile phone gaming is still largely about casual use, in the span of 24 hours SE announced a game centric IDE, AAA middleware support and the backing of the hardcore segment with MLG.
Personally, I don’t see anything huge happening with MLG and the Xperia Play in the beginning. But it makes a statement to gamers everywhere. Mobile phone gaming is coming for the hardcore segment and Sony is leading the charge.
Anyone that has seen the lengths that I have gone to have a proper game experience on a mobile phone should know, I am stoked to finally have it done right. Android 2.3 created a great foundation for any manufacturer to create a gaming phone and Sony is pushing it in a direction I have been hoping on for years. And the Xperia Play is coming out this month.