PlayStation Suite to bring PS One games to Android

Sony's first open-source attempt will bring original PlayStation classics to Google's mobile OS in an effort to "add a wide variety of devices to the PlayStation family."

Last night, Sony took the wraps off of its Next Generation Portable (NGP), the successor to the PSP. The powerful portable hogged the limelight at the show, with Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Kaz Hirai showing off first-party games such as Uncharted and Little Deviants. Also on hand were third-party developers offering NGP support, including reps from Epic, Konami, Tecmo Koei, and Activision--the last of which promised a new Call of Duty game.

Original PlayStation games are coming to Android devices via PlayStation Suite.

However, Sony also announced another initiative at its event, PlayStation Suite. The new program will extend the PlayStation experience beyond the PSP--and now NGP--by providing PlayStation content on Android mobile devices and tablets in order to "add a wide variety of devices to the PlayStation family." As of November 2010, Android devices made up 25.8 percent of the smartphone market, according to the Nielsen Company.

PlayStation Suite will be brought to Android devices via a new "PlayStation Certified" licensing program for hardware manufacturers. The program will have Sony provide development support as well as logo licensing to "ensure the delivery of PlayStation quality experience across various devices."

According to Hirai, the goal of PlayStation Suite is to make PlayStation content available to more users and give developers and publishers more options. The first batch of PlayStation Suite content is expected before the end of the year and will initially be original PlayStation games. Though no specific titles were mentioned, Sony did say it is readying a special PlayStation Store that will allow Android users to download PlayStation Suite content directly onto their devices.

New PlayStation Suite content will also be available on NGP systems. For more on the NGP and PlayStation Suite, check out GameSpot's liveblog of the Tokyo press conference, or watch it directly via the video embedded below.

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21 comments
Magic_Panda92
Magic_Panda92

@AshieduNwadiei I couldn't agree anymore than that. Yes consoles will drop and Sony have always had the problem of adding TOO MUCH to a console or handheld that causes it to be overpriced. Times like this are when Nintendo and now the budget Xbox 360s will take over and dominate the market. Nintendo haven't added heaps of features onto the 3DS over the DS and still kept it at a reasonable price. Sony go mental and add expensive conponents onto their handheld and will cause the price to rocket. Exactly the same with the "PSP phone". When prices drop the iPhone will more than likely be the cheapest gaming phone out there, if not just buy a iPod touch and use iTunes.

AshieduNwadiei
AshieduNwadiei

@Magic_Panda92 That would be valid, except for the current gen consoles will likely be around another 5 years and just get cheaper. Even if I buckled down and got every system, I don't want to have to do it again. Everyone will have smartphones. That's why iPhone came up so fast in gaming. Sony's plan might work, especially if NGP is purely for people who want hardcore experiences that shouldn't be on a phone anyway.

Magic_Panda92
Magic_Panda92

@AshieduNwadiei You have a really good arguement but look at the other end of the line. The Sony Ps3 on launch came out between £300-£400 (that was on its own!) and just before that the Sony PSP came out at around £250. In some peoples eyes Sony are the greatest manufactorer (a word?) of consoles and games but with every generation getting bigger and better and inflation becoming stupidly high for some people handheld gaming is the closest and cheapest option to next generation gaming. I know many of people who couldn't afford a Ps3 but love Sony so they have stuck with their PSP and Ps2. The Sony NGP (if it comes out at a reasonable price) will be the best option for people. Especially now that the NGP is on par with the consoles we have nowadays, people may just prefer to have gaming on the go in a more relaxed environment than playing a console.

AshieduNwadiei
AshieduNwadiei

Honestly, I think the NGP is a bad idea. It should have just been a flagship Playstation Suite Phone with the latest technology. PlayStation would have basically just been a Sony curated app store that creates a handheld console experience for Android. I think next gen consoles should be done the same way, cheap PCs that can produce a certain quality of games, so people can spend more money on apps/games and replace their hardware when they feel like it. I'm not going to have three boxes for each generation sitting around, in fact, I'll never be able to afford it. I've never owned a handheld gaming device and I've never needed one. Music portables were necessary, so were phones, then they combined them and you can do other useful things with them, including play games. All I want to do with portable games is pull them out when I'm in a waiting room or on the bus stop for five to ten minutes, not enjoy lengthy console experiences. Gears of War would be fine on a handheld, but only if you could manage to break it into burst of ten minutes of play or less. Imagine and LG 3D Playstation certified phone playing something like Infinity Blade in 3D. You don't want 3D? Get a different phone.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Now mabye my sister can FINALLY stop playing Angry Birds on her Archos!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

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PayneKiller
PayneKiller

I'm just waiting on that PSP phone, after that nothing else in portable gaming news will matter to me since I can play PSP games and have the access to SNES NES Genesis and GBA emulators. PlayStation+Android+Physical Buttons=WIN!

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I'd rather haul out my old PSOne Slim and screen. I can already see it's going to be a pain to play most of these games with touch controls.

yaba
yaba

Good move, I guess.

plightstar
plightstar

Will need some kind of bluetooth pad or something, like the miniremote. Otherwise any fast paced PS1 games will be horrible and hard to play on touchscreen controls

trusoulja504
trusoulja504

Andriod already has a emulator for psone. lol i guess sony wants the credit and money

lannyboy334
lannyboy334

Ahhh, what about PSX4DROID!? Sony will charge 10 bucks a pop, PSX4Droid was 6 bucks up front with save states! Not every game works perfectly, and pretty much all have bad sound, but the price point owns!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Having an Android smartphone myself I'm interested to see what games will be brought to the OS and how they will play. I don't consider myself a mobile phone gamer, but if Sony can pull this off correctly that might change.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Very good capitalization on the current trend of games growth on smart phones.

BAD-C0MPANY
BAD-C0MPANY

Good thing they put this on the glorious Android. It would be a disgrace to put it on that garbage called "iPhone".

-i-play-games-
-i-play-games-

Although I hate the "touch screen joypad" that phones such as the Andriod use, Sony's making a very wise move in terms of profit.

oneligas
oneligas

old bad graphics on tiny screens lol

zMd113
zMd113

This is something I didn't see coming but is a VERY smart move for Sony and the PlayStation brand.