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Sony Bringing PlayStation Games to Android

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The biggest news to come out of Sony’s Tokyo press event this morning was obviously the PSP2, or NGP. However, the company also announced the PlayStation Suite, which is aimed at bringing 'the world of PlayStation to Android.'

The PlayStation Phone may be real, but there are millions of Android users out there who, for one reason or another, won’t be purchasing the Android-based PSPhone. However, eager to not miss out on potential customers in the mobile-gaming market, Sony today unveiled PlayStation Suite, a cross-platform software framework that will allow those with Android tablets and smartphones to enjoy PlayStation content.

Though Android phones obviously all have the same OS, Sony will be catering for the fact that they are all made by different companies by starting a "PlayStation Certified" license program for hardware manufacturers. Through this program, Sony will offer support (including development support and logo licensing) to ensure some uniformity across the various Android devices.

Sony said it plans to provide PS Suite content within this calendar year, starting with original PSOne classic titles. The company said it also plans to open a PlayStation Store allowing users to download content directly to their phone or tablet and acting as a platform for developer-created content.

The PSP2, or NGP, will also be fully compatible with PlayStation Suite.

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    joytech22 , January 27, 2011 9:46 AM
    I would think their second move would be to port some of their best PSP games to Android like the GTA series, most of us Android users own phones with enough juice to run these games, 600MHz compared to the PSP's 333MHz CPU, and every Android phone out there has at least 128MB of RAM and a GPU (not sure about Every Android phone and a GPU).

    I guess it would be hard to play on a phone that has only one hardware button (us galaxy s users)
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    joytech22 , January 27, 2011 9:47 AM
    joytech22I guess it would be hard to play on a phone that has only one hardware button (us galaxy s users)


    Hmm can't edit on Tomsguide.. I meant 3 hardware buttons that can be given different functions
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    rhino13 , January 27, 2011 10:57 AM
    Sooo... say that I bought a PSPhone, will there ever be PSP titles brought to it?
    Ys, Patapon, Daxter, ect...
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    JOSHSKORN , January 27, 2011 11:05 AM
    joytech22Hmm can't edit on Tomsguide..

    Try this. I've done it before.
    1. Click Read the coments on the forums
    2. Find your comment
    3. Click the edit button and edit your comment and confirm the changes.
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    coldmast , January 27, 2011 12:45 PM
    Smart move by Sony, for the Playstation suite. At the same time selling a portable gaming platform... but will this device be more than just a portable gaming unit?
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    dman3k , January 27, 2011 1:00 PM
    Yes, very smart. Sony. Now move that to the PC/Console realm. Imagine having this emulator on the xbox... imagine having a ps2 emulator on the ps3...
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    jfby , January 27, 2011 1:03 PM
    dman3kYes, very smart. Sony. Now move that to the PC/Console realm. Imagine having this emulator on the xbox... imagine having a ps2 emulator on the ps3...


    Sony should have actually just left the hardware in the PS3 to run PS2 games. Emulator would be fine, but I think they lost sales doing what they did.
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    kawininjazx , January 27, 2011 1:07 PM
    I know they have a PS1 emulator, but I would love to have a PSN app that keeps track of your friends, messages, etc. and you can link it to your PS3.
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    Kryan , January 27, 2011 1:26 PM
    I'm a fairly new Android user and besides being a TOTALLY happy with it, i am now VERY excited about old PS games for mah phone! :D 
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    masterasia , January 27, 2011 1:31 PM
    Final Fantasy 7 on my phone? How awesome.
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    knowom , January 27, 2011 1:59 PM
    More momentum for ARM booyah!
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    Simple11 , January 27, 2011 2:32 PM
    JFBY, member how much the origianal PS3 cost? I for one didn't mind spending that much on it, hell I would have paid a grand for what you got with it. But with the fat boys, most of the heat came from the hardware to play PS/2 games. To cut costs, the emulation was taken out (a long with the 2 extra USB ports and SD card slots) plus this allowed to put up classic games for sale on the PSN to still generate some revenue. So really there was no loss in sales, plus it wasn't until later that PS3 sales skyrocketed at the smaller price.
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    ericburnby , January 27, 2011 2:33 PM
    I said way back that mobile phones would become very popular as portable gaming systems, especially the iPhone/iPod/iPad since they have such a huge market share.

    Every on Tom;s said it would never take off. Even Sony made their Marcus ads poking fun at playing games on a phone. Remember the line "that's for calling your grandma"?

    Now Sony is entering the phone gaming market? And we've seen some good recent titles for the iPhone (like Rage).

    Seems like my predictions were right all along.
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    Simple11 , January 27, 2011 2:44 PM
    The mobile market is a lucrative market. But you can't say that phone gaming is for the 'hardcore'. Playstation makes for the hardcore. When you see a Sony Farmville, then I will call sell-out
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    vertigo_2000 , January 27, 2011 2:53 PM
    ericburnbyI said way back that mobile phones would become very popular as portable gaming systems, especially the iPhone/iPod/iPad since they have such a huge market share.Every on Tom;s said it would never take off. Even Sony made their Marcus ads poking fun at playing games on a phone. Remember the line "that's for calling your grandma"?Now Sony is entering the phone gaming market? And we've seen some good recent titles for the iPhone (like Rage).Seems like my predictions were right all along.

    Here's a cookie... now run along and let the grown ups chat.
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    reprotected , January 27, 2011 2:58 PM
    You buy an iPhone, jailbreak it, get gpSPhone, and play GBA games illegally. For Android, get GameBoid. Now I'm not trying to promote illegal ROMs, but surely it's not impressive to see Sony bring PS games to Android. In fact, psx4iphone allows you to play PSOne games on the iPhone.
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    LePhuronn , January 27, 2011 4:12 PM
    reprotectedYou buy an iPhone, jailbreak it, get gpSPhone, and play GBA games illegally. For Android, get GameBoid. Now I'm not trying to promote illegal ROMs, but surely it's not impressive to see Sony bring PS games to Android. In fact, psx4iphone allows you to play PSOne games on the iPhone.


    So it's proof that the hardware is capable of running the software, so there's incentive for Sony to offer the same legally.
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    dark_lord69 , January 27, 2011 5:06 PM
    Sweet!
    Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on my cell phone!
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    patfactorx , January 27, 2011 5:16 PM
    Now we're going to need better batteries for sure
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    TunaSoda , January 27, 2011 5:16 PM
    I'd be happy just having an Android app that would let me remote control my PS3 via bluetooth...
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