PlayStation Suite introduces Android to the PlayStation Store

Sony has just finished wrapping up at Tokyo where the awaited PlayStation Portable 2 was announced. But Sony surprised the world though by announcing a cross-platform and cross device framework called PlayStation Suite where Android phone and tablet users will be able to download PlayStation Games directly from the store and emulate them from their device. Sony says that the mobile phone is now ready for "PSP-like performance" and that the environment surrounding portable gaming has undergone a radical change since the launch of the first PSP.

Sony says that since the PlayStation Store launched back in 2006 the store has had a total of 69 Million accounts registered with 80% of all PlayStation 3 consoles registered online, with a grand total of 1.8 Million content downloads from the store. These figures are only expected to rise by a phenomenal rate when the PlayStation Store becomes available to Android users.

Sony will also be launching a new licensing program called "PlayStation Certified" to ensure quality across various devices alongside PlayStation Suite hoping that this scheme will attract major game developers and new ones as well to build world class games for the mobile device. 

Games developed using the PlayStation Suite framework will also be available for the new PlayStation Portable 2 and the PlayStation Phone so that no one is missing out on any of the action. PlayStation Suite is set to be released alongside the PlayStation Portable 2 at the end of the year.

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Rather interesting. Make me wonder if the guy that wrote the PlayStation emulator for android assisted them in writing their official one

Wicked news and proove even more that Android are looking to dominate by essentially squeezing apple into a corner - be interest to see how this plays out!

Syphon Filter! can't wait!

Unix2 said,
I can't wait, but i am wonder if this app will be only for upcoming more powerful tablets abd phones that can support these games?

any android device above 2.3 will be supported

The only phone it will be enjoyable to play on is the playstation phone because it includes an actual controller. I HATE touch screen "controllers"

Rudy said,
The only phone it will be enjoyable to play on is the playstation phone because it includes an actual controller. I HATE touch screen "controllers"

You can bluetooth controllers kinda takes the point out of having a "mobile" device, but having a decent game pad, tv out, this could be a right laugh!

Woot, I was right to question if this would happen sometime ago when the phone was mentioned on here YAY!!

Looking forward to some Playstation gaming goodness on my android (if it gets 2.3 anyway)

If they try and charge me $30 for a 10 year old game I already own, I'll have to stick with my emulator I'll never get tired of Suikodens, FF Tactics, Chrono, etc, etc etc.

thornz0 said,
If they try and charge me $30 for a 10 year old game I already own, I'll have to stick with my emulator I'll never get tired of Suikodens, FF Tactics, Chrono, etc, etc etc.

That's what I'm asking. How is Sony expecting to make money on this when prices for other games are so low and the fact that there are PSX emulators available for Android.

I feel this 'Steam' for Android. Good move, Sony. And with good progress between Valve and Sony, i believe we will soon see a unique and advanced gaming platform across multiple devices soon.

The PSP2 didn't excite me (or any Sony hand-held), and I haven't been a big fan of Android (I don't like the phones, and Android is splintered and fractured like crazy - just ask any developer). But this, THIS news really gets me excited about portable Sony gaming on an Android device.

This seems good....but it's Sony. They'll somehow screw this up. Also, I can't imagine games made for physical controls being all that good for touchscreens. It seems to me that Sony would be better off developing new games built from the ground up for touch.

This is pretty cool news. I'm curious - would any of you prefer to play games on your phones? I know that people do pretty much everything from their smartphones nowadays, but I personally enjoy playing on my big screen TV. Although it might be cool to be able to play mobile versions of your favorite games on the go.

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