Sony reveals PlayStation Suite for Android
Sony has announced a new videogame store for Android smartphone users, the PlayStation Suite.
The service, which has been rumoured for some time, will allow Android users to buy and download a variety of PlayStation-branded games from a dedicated store on the Android Market.
It seems that these games will initially be PlayStation remakes or ports, with PSone titles Cool Boarders 2, Wild Arms, Rally Cross and Syphon Filter already announced.
Sony says it will ‘ensure [PlayStation] quality across various devices’, by allowing manufacturers to apply for a ‘PlayStation Certified’ licence for their devices.
The licence program will allow Sony to help optimise manufacturers’ handsets, so that PlayStation Suite games don’t run into any compatibility issues.
This will go some way toward addressing one of Android’s biggest drawbacks – fragmentation. Because the Android operating system runs on handsets from many different manufacturers, it is hard to ensure that an Android app or videogame runs equally well across all devices.
However, one of the things that attracts manufacturers to Android is precisely that it can used without any minimum hardware requirements. So it will be very interesting to see how many manufacturers will be willing to jump through Sony’s hoops in order to have their device PlayStation Certified.
One device that certainly will be PlayStation Certified is Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation Phone – or the ‘Xperia Play’ if you’ve been keeping up with the rumours.
Although there’s been no official confirmation of the device’s existence, it’s been filmed and photographed so many times that it will almost certainly be revealed soon – probably at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona next month.
Which? will be reporting live from MWC as soon as it kicks-off on 14 February, so check back for all the latest.
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