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Expanding Market: PlayStation Suite

The PSOne classics tab on the current PSN.

In the case that you aren't interested in Sony's recently announced NGP (and there could easily be a handful of reasons), the other piece of news as regards their gaming push is that there are plans to give access to what will be called the PlayStation Suite.

In a move that addresses mobile gamers who have no particular interest in picking up another handheld, this Suite is a PlayStation Network type store for Android devices (minimum is reported to be Android 2.3). With a nod to the success of mobile gaming, they state: "Users will be able to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history." The initial plan is to give access to an emulator that plays PSOne classics by the end of the year.

While this is certainly available to anyone who currently has a PSP, PSN account, etc, it's an intriguing move in expanding their market. Particularly as they also plan on having a PlayStation Certified license program to ensure support for developers.

To tie in with the NGP, it will also be accessible on that handheld device, so Sony isn't completely delving off into foreign territory. Given Sony's recent teamup with Valve and Steam through Portal 2, it's intriguing to see how it's trying to bridge the gap between discrete forms of gaming. Sony appears to becoming a bit more aggressive in expansion through any channels, rather than just sit in their own corner. Whether or not this means they'll be spread thin (and therefore the service itself is lacking), or successfully establish more of a consumer base? Far too early to tell, I imagine.

As for controls? If your phone doesn't have some more readily accessible gamepad, it will apparently emulate touch screen controls. How that will work is something we still need to see, but as we have yet to see the actual lineup of even the PSOne classics to be released, we'll have to wait a bit longer on it.

So, what of you, dear Android users? I know the iPhone seems to have been ruling in terms of mobile gaming news (at least, based on media coverage), but does this seem like something in which you have an interest?

3 Comments

Eric said:

There's already PSX emulators on the market that are legal and free to download, but getting the ROMS to play on them is illegal. While some of us have no qualms about that, this will be good for the people who do.

It makes me sad though, because it reminds me once again how my regular old Droid isn't powerful enough to play either. :(

Briker Ed said:

Nice. I hope they bring it to iOS as well.

VorpalBunny said:

Eric, yeah, the legality is the largest issue. I know that with the older firmwares for the PSP (and older models), it's possible to hack and place an emulator on there as well, bypassing the need to go through the PSN.

Briker, I think the telling clue is that they specifically mention open operating system. I'm highly doubtful we'll see this on the iOS anytime soon (could well be mistaken, but that's how it reads to me).

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