SCE has just unveiled “PlayStation Suite” (PS Suite), delivering the PlayStation experience to Android based portable devices. Through this entirely new initiative, users will be able to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history. First, I want to know how long its going to take to get anything newer than PS One games in the PlayStation Suite. The second one is that since it will only work on Android 2.3 or higher and since there are still so many phones that don’t have 2.3 (aka Gingerbread), I really think this will affect adoption if the handset makers don’t the majority of folks up to 2.3 real soon. I have an HTC Incredible running 2.2 so that mean I won’t be able to use it. Come to think of though, this falls right in line with the plans for the PlayStation Phone which would probably leverage the PS Suite as well.
I have to say that I don’t think anyone saw this one coming, PlayStation+Android equal awesome. SCE says that they plan to have PS One classics available during this calendar year. SCE also plans to open PlayStation Store where users will be able to download content in an easy to use environment, directly via the Android market we are assuming. For you developers out there, SCE will provide a new game development environment in an effort to ensure new and compelling content is delivered on PS Suite, which will also offer opportunities for a wider base of developers and publishers to further expand their business on various portable devices.
Newly developed content for PS Suite can also be enjoyed on the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which SCE announced today.
*(1) Android™ 2.3 or beyond is required.
*(2) PS one game console software title. We will announce the titles when ready.