PlayStation Suite: coming soon to an Android near you

Sony recently added its Tablet S to the short list of devices that support its PlayStation Suite gaming platform for Android devices. In fact, the portfolio of PlayStation Certified Android devices is pretty exclusive at the moment – Sony’s own Tablet P and Xperia Play smartphone are the only other members of the club.

But comments made by the Sony Computer Entertainment Chairman, Kaz Hirai, indicate that the company is planning to open up membership to a much wider selection of devices. Speaking to Engadget at AsiaD, he said that the PlayStation Suite “isn’t an ecosystem where we want to keep everything within the Sony family”, adding that Sony is “in discussions with non-Sony companies to bring them on board” with PS Suite.

The strategy may be - at least in part - motivated by the fact that smartphones and tablets have been slapping its PlayStation business pretty hard over the last few years. Hirai stated: “Whether we are talking about iPods, iPads or any Android, they’ve had an impact on the traditional video game business, no question about it.”

There’s a massive Android user-base out there, and huge numbers of higher-end Android handsets are being snapped up, with hardware capable of delivering a strong mobile gaming experience. Of course, by making its PlayStation Suite available on phones and tablets from hardware rivals such as HTC and Samsung, Sony will remove a key selling point for its own devices. But it stands to gain a lot more by establishing PlayStation as the de facto brand for mobile gaming on the Android platform as a whole, especially as Microsoft pushes Xbox Live as its mobile gaming offering on Windows Phone.

That said, Sony may need to put a bit more work in to PlayStation Suite before sharing the love with its rivals. CNET’s review of the Xperia Play stated in its verdict that the “confusing and inconsistent software makes gaming a joyless experience”. Ouch.

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sexypepperoni said,
No iOS love? Oh well.

The PS Suite was already designed to run on Android and can be used on other phones with minimal modifications. To port it to iOS would be a hard and time consuming process. Not saying that it won't be done in the end, but it will take time and willingness from Sony.

Wow, I haven't used it, but based on that review it sounds like it has a lot of room for improvement. Does Android really want to be associated with this?

M_Lyons10 said,
Wow, I haven't used it, but based on that review it sounds like it has a lot of room for improvement. Does Android really want to be associated with this?

WP7 has Xbox Live, so why not? It means people can get one of the major console gaming platforms on their mobile devices too. Makes sense to me.

M_Lyons10 said,
Wow, I haven't used it, but based on that review it sounds like it has a lot of room for improvement. Does Android really want to be associated with this?

No they don't and the fact of the matter is there are already alot of emulators running those games for free on Android phones. Sony is just trying to push their brand that already has had so much negative press this year. This will fail in the end, just like the mediocre sales of the Play prove.

Joey S said,

WP7 has Xbox Live, so why not? It means people can get one of the major console gaming platforms on their mobile devices too. Makes sense to me.

Except XBox Live in WP7 is well designed and integrated. That can hardly be compared to this mess... Android would probably be better off trying to do their own thing...

rwx said,

Link?

Look it up internet Sony Ericcsson is doing not so good profits are really down. Sony might buy out the rest of Ericcson. I think they have 7% of the Android market and falling.

Melfster said,

Look it up internet Sony Ericcsson is doing not so good profits are really down. Sony might buy out the rest of Ericcson. I think they have 7% of the Android market and falling.


So it's in keeping with their other markets? It seems Sony is falling in every industry they're in...

Trueblue711 said,
Finally Sony is beginning to think more open-minded.

But yet the execution is still failed. It's a good business idea, but then they have to actually deliver something decent. And for a company that isn't great on the software side, that's clearly a struggle.

And if they can't secure the PlaySt

Trueblue711 said,
Finally Sony is beginning to think more open-minded.

But yet the execution is still failed. It's a good business idea, but then they have to actually deliver something decent. And for a company that isn't great on the software side, that's clearly a struggle.And if they can't secure the PlayStation, how secure is this on a mobile device going to be?

Sorry for the double post. Can't edit on the mobile site for some reason...

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