Sony's PlayStation Suite is a new cross-platform initiative for Android mobile devices and tablets, aimed at appealing to gamers as the company tries to continue its success in the heavily competitive field of mobile gaming.
“It expands the PlayStation experience beyond the PSP border. It is the first cross platform endeavour,” said president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Kaz Hirai, on stage at the company’s PlayStation Meeting 2011 in Japan.
Rather than focusing on new hardware (although Sony have announced a new version of the PSP - dubbed the NGP) the new offering will “make PS content available on Android smartphones and tablets”, and be a “hardware-neutral game framework”.
Clearly seeing the strength in offering both a hardware and software solution, Sony has announced that those not fussed with its gaming hardware will still be able to enjoy the PlayStation Network experience and games on other devices that the manufacturer doesn't even make.
"The target platform of PS Suite is Android. We will also launch PlayStation Certified to perform content-quality testing in order to ensure PS quality across various devices," said Hirai.
“We are preparing to launch PlayStation Store for Android-based devices."
Users will be able to play PlayStation games on their phone regardless of whether Sony Ericsson or Sony has made the device, with developers overlaying the PlayStation controls over the screen.
Although the Sony Ericcson Xperia Play has yet to be officially confirmed by either company, it’s now certain that they will launch the new handset in the coming days, presumably at Mobile World Congress on 13 February (Pocket-lint will be at the event).
"By delivering PS content over a wider array of devices, we hope to expand the world of PlayStation," said Hirai.
“PlayStation Suite content is slated to be available within the next calendar year."