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PlayStation Suite Coming to Android Based Devices

Take that, iPhone! Now I have no idea what to upgrade to.
Author: Scott Rodgers
Published: January 27, 2011
I'm unsure how many of you stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to check out Sony's announcements (I didn't, then I got up and had to shovel a foot of snow), but it was pretty major. Of all the announcements, the thing that excites me the most is the PS Suite.

With so many people taking their gaming on the go, whether that's with a tablet PC or a smart phone, it's a market that seems dominated by iPhones, iPads, Androids, and Razrs (well, not so much the last one but everyone played solitaire and Pac-Man on that thing). Sony is promising with the PS Suite that they will deliver "PlayStation quality" content into this ever evolving market.

SCE will commence a "PlayStation Certified" license program for hardware manufacturers. They will offer support, ranging from development to logo licensing, to ensure a quality experience across various Android devices. I'm guessing that we'll see some specialized devices, and hopefully this won't cause things to be limited to specific ones while others won't have the horsepower to run them.

For software, SCE has plans to try to get some PS Suite content into the open within the calendar year. This will start with two PlayStation classics (which, as of now, have been unnamed, but here's hoping for MediEvil at some point). These two titles will require an Android 2.3 or higher. SCE also plans to open up the PlayStation Store so users will be able to download content in a simple and easy to use (and watch your money go down the drain) way directly via an Android device. Also, SCE will provide a new game development program environment, all in an effort to stimulate and ensure that the content one expects from Sony is up to standards. This will lead to publishers and developers having another outlet to expand their business.

This content can also be used on the newly announced NGP (next generation portable entertainment system). This is all in a hope that those who enjoy the Suite on their Android will have an appetite to try out the NGP for their on-the-go gaming needs. The days of solitaire, Tetris, and Pac-Man dominating the cell phone market seem like yesterday to most, yet that's what I'm currently in with my phone contract needing renewal for, oh, about two or three years now.

The battle lines have been drawn, and for someone like me it looks like a fine time to finally use that upgrade. Decisions, decisions.