PlayStation Suite tablet coming September for $500

Sony will be releasing the first of its PlayStation Suite-compatible tablets in September, the company has announced. The Tablet S will release in September, starting at $499 for the 16GB model. A 32GB model will also be available for $599. The device will be able to download and play PlayStation games, with customizable controls for ease of use.

GamesIndustry.biz reports that the Tablet P, a clam-shell design with two smaller screens, will follow in November. As previously announced, both are Android-powered with 3G capabilities. The Tablet S includes one 9.4-inch screen, while the P sports two 5.5-inch screens.

"We want to prove it's not who makes it first that counts, but who makes it better," said Sony president Howard Stringer at the IFA conference.

Comments like that, and the creation of these tablets to begin with, are a shot across the bow of Apple's bustling iPad market. Sony has priced their devices for parity with the iPad, and offering classic PlayStation games is an interesting way of challenging the wealth of content on the App Store. Of course, we doubt the PlayStation classics will hit at a buck apiece.