Sony boss Kaz Hirai has revealed that the incredible success of Pokémon GO has encouraged the company to reassess its stance in the smartphone gaming arena.
Sony's ambitious PlayStation Mobile platform was put out to pasture last year after failing to find lasting success, but Hirai has told The Financial Times that the arrival of Niantic's popular Pokémon AR title has forced a rethink:
Pokémon GO is a real game-changer. I'm very interested in the fact that it has the potential to really change the way people move, literally. [It is an] innovative idea that's going to lift all boats for the video game industry.
[Mobile gaming] is something we are aggressively getting into. It's quite a shift from being just a console-based business to being on mobile phones as well. It is a very important part of the Japanese market and therefore we've created a wholly-owned subsidiary that's completely dedicated to mobile gaming. They'll be coming out with titles.
Sony's reversal will see the company follow in the footsteps of Nintendo itself, which has already released its first mobile app Miitomo and is preparing smartphone editions of Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing.