Sony Announces PlayStation Suite; Bringing PS Content to Android Phones and Tablets

Moments ago, Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Kaz Hirai announced a new initiative from his company: the PlayStation Suite.

Said to "expand" the PlayStation reach to a wider audience, PlayStation Suite will allow gamers to access PS content on an undisclosed range of Android smartphones and tablets. "The target platform of PS Suite is Android. We will also launch PlayStation Certified to perform content-quality testing in order to ensure PS quality across various devices."

The "new framework" has been designed to support the development process for multiple portable devices and to attract as many developers as possible. The launch of PlayStation Suite will be supported by a PS Store opening on the Android marketplace. "By delivering PS content over a wider array of devices, we hope to expand the world of PlayStation."

Prior to the announcement, Hirai noted that Sony has "exceeded over 69 million PSN accounts as of January 25th" with over "80 percent of PS3 consoles connected to the internet." In that time, over 1.4 billion pieces of content have been gobbled up by PlayStation users [via PlayStation Blog].

According to Hirai, the platform will first attempt to bring first generation PSP titles to the Android market. Of the games revealed, all were PSone titles, including Syphon Filter, Wild Arms, MediEvil, and Cool Borders 2.

Kaz hopes that users who play with PlayStation Suite software will be enticed to upgrade to the--just announced--second-gen PSP system: the NGP (Next Generation Portable). PlayStation Suite is expected to launch at the end of the calendar year.