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PlayStation Suite Brings Sony's World To Mobile Devices

As part of their big NGP unveiling, Sony also revealed a very interesting new endeavor called the "PlayStation Suite."

Revealed officially via press release, this will deliver "the PlayStation experience to Android-based portable devices." In other words, people will be able to enjoy Sony-oriented content on platforms outside the PlayStation universe for the first time in the history of the brand.

The number of mobile users has increased significantly over the years - duh - and by offering "PlayStation quality content" to such a market, SCE will be able to hit up consumers around the globe. In addition, Sony will start the PlayStation Certified license program for hardware manufacturers; through that program, SCE "will offer necessary support, including development support as well as logo licensing."

The first content to hit the PS Suite will arrive this year, and it'll consist of original (PS1) PlayStation games. These classics will be playable on Android-based portable devices, and users will also be able to access the PlayStation Store and download content, directly to their Android-based unit. And yes, the PS Suite will encompass that nifty Next Generation Portable, too, so it's sorta like PlayStation will be everywhere by the end of 2011. Talk about a big step.

Tags: playstation suite, ngp, next generation portable, sony

1/27/2011 10:30:23 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (42 posts)

TheIllusiveMan
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:47:30 AM
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Even this impresses me. I don't know what to say about NGP, it leaves me speechless. Impressed is an understatement. It confirmed every rumor I've heard and brought so much more...

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:47:32 AM
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The press conference was amazing. I'm still having trouble imaging the specs of the NGP. And wow, I can soon play Call Of Duty online while on the bus, or playing Uncharted while driving from Toronto to Kingston.

PlayStation = Life.

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TheIllusiveMan
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:48:35 AM

Playing Uncharted while driving sounds like a bad idea... Just saying..

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:49:52 AM

When I said driving, I was referring to me sitting in the passenger seat, with my eyes glued to the 5 inch screen.


Plus, death by PSP. Not a very bad way to die, if you ask me. :p

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TheIllusiveMan
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:52:03 AM

I figured lol. At this rate I agree... But not entirely. I'd be very disappointed if I died and didn't finish what I was doing.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:55:30 AM

I'm still trying to figure out why you would want to go to Toronto or Kingston....lol

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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 4:59:25 PM

I used to live in Kingston. I'd rather go there than Toronto.

p.s. I've always loved your avatar, Wiiplay.

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 5:56:06 PM

@Fane1024: Thanks.

@CH1N00K:
I used to live near Toronto, and have relatives in Kingston.

Toronto is a really nice city.

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Catastrophe
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:47:55 AM
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wait, so the psphone is actually this? or am i missing something?

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TheIllusiveMan
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:49:16 AM

This is something that works on PSPhone and NGP, that's basically bringing a new PS based service all around.

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shadowpal2
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:06:15 PM

Well if you're asking if the PSP "2" is the PSP Phone...no it's far from that. the PSP "2" is of course the NGP.

But if you're asking if PlayStation Suite is the "PSP Phone." Well it's a thing for every Android phone out there. Any Android phone can now play PlayStation games.

The PSP Phone...or the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is going to be an Android device that will be the best to play many of the games offered by PlayStation Suite.

And needless to say it's a pretty great phone judging by the specs.

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Snaaaake
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:49:29 AM
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Damn man, that motto is becoming reality," Live in your world, play in ours"

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:51:18 AM

No, the motto is wrong, I both play and live in their world.

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:53:23 AM
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Anybody know when this baby will be available for pre-ordering?

I want mine NOW.

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wiiplay
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 10:59:19 AM
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"it's sorta like PlayStation will be everywhere by the end of 2011."

I thought PlayStation was already 'everywhere?'
It's in my house, it's in your house, it's even in my car.

That sounds a lot like the definition of 'everywhere' to me. :)


(Sorry about all my comments, I'm just very excited about this announcement)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:01:03 AM

Yes, but before it wasn't "everywhere" unless you had a PlayStation device. Now, you won't need one to access PlayStation content.

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shadowpal2
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:09:53 PM

Well...you're still going to need an Android device. I think the folks @ Google are pretty happy about this since this is a big bonus for their phones.

I mean considering how iPhone 4 went Verizon...Android will be facing some competition...but they got Sony to back them up with Playstation Suite.

I'm not sure if it'll appeal to the masses...but there are those group of people who want great games on their phone. And well...there are some great PlayStation classics as most of us know.

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OPHIDIAN
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 8:47:27 PM

@shadow,

Hit the nail on the head I reckon.

Two enemies join forces to combat a stronger evil.

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Looking Glass
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:00:46 AM
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It looks like Sony and Google are really gearing up to double team Microsoft.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:57:06 AM

speaking of which, has anyone heard any more on the supposed new PC operating system that google and Sony are 'supposedly' working on?

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:21:35 PM

I heard Google and Sony had somewhat of an internet Tv hybrid device of some sorts in the works. Not sure if it could be related to what you're thinkig of.

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___________
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 2:34:49 AM

except microsoft use google android.
facepalm!
only company thats going to be smarting from this is apple.

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 9:53:27 AM

I think not no-name. Now with Windows Phone 7 out Microsoft is going to be in the line of fire too. And we all know how much Google hates Microsoft.

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AshT
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:07:35 AM
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Whoa, thats awesome, good show Sony

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:08:00 AM
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Who gives a f.ck about PS1 games. I could care less about playing an old ass ps1 game that I beat before 15 years ago. That lets me know that PS Suite's concept is behind its content.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:50:13 AM

Insightful...

PlayStation Suite is about new games on multiple platforms, the PS1 games are a bonus.

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___________
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 2:35:47 AM

I give a f*ck about ps1 games, there 100000 times better than the best ps3 game out there!

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Looking Glass
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 10:49:58 AM

You just had to include that second half to your sentence. Didn't you no-name?

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TheShadow
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:21:03 AM
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Pretty interesting.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:49:39 AM

Most of these 3G devices that aren't phones are capable of things like Skype, but mobile network operators tend to block the protocols used by the likes of Skype - which makes it a moot point.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:10:23 PM

I hate phone companies too. Vendor lock in in the US market is very anti-consumer.

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 2:36:26 PM

Oh, man! I know about that alright. My wife and I got spammed the other day, and we disabled texting in every way we could on the phone. But Verizon says they want a fee from me to disable incoming texts.

Correction : Verizon used to charge to remove it. now it's free - apparently, you have to call customer service.


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Fane1024
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 5:05:39 PM

Sony does have an existing deal with Skype for the PSP, so we might get lucky.

On the other hand, there's still no Skype on the PS3, so who knows?

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:48:28 AM
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Going cross platform with their games may be one of the smartest moves Sony has made. This is far more significant than the PlayStation Phone ever could have been.

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Qubex
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:00:48 PM

How will PS Suite be accessible. Will it be a mobile store front alone, or do you think there will be a PC and MAC app to compliment the mobile offering - something similar to iTunes or the current Sony MediaGo offering?

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Highlander
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 12:11:26 PM

Could be both. I'm thinking that the initial push will be something that looks more like the PSN PlayStation Store.

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HUSO
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:33:05 PM
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this is actually the more impressive news. over time the NGP will age will lose its impressiveness as newer hardware becomes available. but the Playstation Suite with its scalability would still be churning out games that would cater to newer more powerful hardware as well.

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Alienange
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:51:50 PM
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A good step for them to take. Those PS1 games are classics and easily emulated with todays tech. A real treat for those Android users.

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kraygen
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 1:56:01 PM
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Awesome! Oh and did a I mention, Awesome!

Can't wait to utilize this with my NGP, once I get that too.

2011, the year Sony is king.

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Looking Glass
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 5:52:01 PM
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The Playstation library is going to be opened up to a larger audience than ever before. This is a stroke of pure genius.

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 7:54:21 PM

I concur.

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___________
Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 2:37:06 AM
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nice!
apples going to be really smarting after this!
google android is the most used phone OS now, and this is only going to solidify it!
poor apple, first steve jobs gets really sick, again, and now this.
will be interesting to see how they strike back!

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