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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 27, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    Playstation comes to Android

    Ciara O'Brien

    Although we’ve all been waiting for the official announcement on a Playstation phone, Sony made an interesting announcement today. The games firm is to make its Playstation content available on mobile phones through the Playstation Suite.

    The catch? It’s only for Android phones. Bad luck for iPhone users.

    It makes sense if you think about it. The iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices have become extremely popular in recent years as a gaming platform, while the PSP is starting to look a little stale. While Sony also unveiled the NGP this week, mobile devices are winning over new players all the time. They’re the perfect casual gaming device: always there, always available, with a data connection so you can buy games as and when you need or want them.

    As for Sony’s platform choice, Android has made some heavy inroads in terms of getting their handsets out to consumers. Plus Sony Ericsson has already got onboard the Android bandwagon, with its Xperia handsets.

    So how will it work? Sony is to begin a Playstation certified license program for hardware manufacturers, which will provide development support and of course the opportunity to slap a nice, shiny PS logo on it.

    Don’t get too excited yet. There’s no date for release, although Sony did say it will be this year some time.

    But when it does kick off, Sony plans to start making some of the classic original Playstation games available on the new platform in addition to new content. There’ll also be a store that allows you download the games directly to your device.

    And here’s the great bit: if you do decide to invest in Sony’s new NGP when it’s released, you’ll also be able to use the PS Suite content on the new device.

    Of course, it works in Sony’s favour. If you start using the PS Suite on your Android phone, they’ll be earning some money from you. Plus it might also encourage you to invest in the NGP, which currently has no price or release date. It should make for some interesting times ahead, at any rate.