Sony has announced plans to bring its impressive library of PlayStation titles to a huge array of Android handsets, as long as they’re certified to use the PlayStation Suite. Essentially, this means a PlayStation experience will be available to experience on any handset as long as manufacturers pay the licensing cost to incorporate the app store and its games on their smartphones.
The aim is to expand the PlayStation brand beyond its traditional games console outlets. The Japanese consumer electronics giant will release a new Software Development Kit in the coming the weeks so developers are able to develop apps and games for the PlayStation Suite.
“The PlayStation Suite is an initiative solution to deliver the world of PlayStation to Android based portable devices,” explained Sony in a statement. “Through PS Suite SDK [Software Development Kit], content developers can create content for PlayStation Certified devices, hardware certified through the PS Suite license program, as well as for PlayStation Vita.”
While we’re hardly overjoyed with the news of yet another app platform launching on Android, the PlayStation Suite seems like a genuinely worthwhile endeavour with a unique selling point. If the thought of getting out hands on a raft of classic PSOne titles weren’t enough, the notion that notion that manufacturers other than Sony will also be able to harness a bountiful range of gold standard games is likely to give Apple food for thought.
At the very least, we’ll be able to play Crash Bandicoot 2 on the go and that’s not to be sniffed at. Now if only Nintendo would move over to the Android side…