While we are still waiting to finally see the PlayStation Phone also known as the Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson, at the launch of the NGP this morning Sony announced PlayStation Suite which will bring official PS games to your Android phone.
Yes, it seems as if Sony want to spread the PS goodness and will launch an official PlayStation Store for Android devices hoping to entice top game developers to port their titles onto a mobile platform. While we will no doubt see the Xperia Play in the flesh in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress next month, this development means that a huge variety of phone owners will now be able to enjoy PlayStation games on their mobiles.
Initially Sony will begin with an emulator of the PlayStation One with the Android game store coming later in the year. While the system will be "hardware neutral", Sony has indicated that only phones running Android 2.3 will be able to take advantage of PlayStation Suite, which for the moment limits the number of compatible handsets. In order to regulate the content on the new PlayStation store, the company will commence a PlayStation Certified license program for hardware manufacturers. “Through this program, Sony will offer necessary support, including development support as well as logo licensing, to ensure the delivery of PlayStation quality experience across various devices.”
The NGP will also be compatible with content in the store from the off. We were told nothing about pricing of games or whether there would be need for minimum hardware specs on the phones but that is all to come in the near future we imagine.