Sony took the stage at E3 tonight and while they mostly stuck to all things PS3 (seriously, more Move content?), they did manage to slip in a little bit of Android news.
The SDK for the PlayStation Suite was just released in April, and Sony hopes that developers will use it to deliver original quality content for PlayStation Certified devices. They claim that response to it has been “nothing short of phenomenal”; we’ll see what that amounts to in terms of available titles soon enough.
Sony announced that the PlayStation Suite program is being renamed PlayStation Mobile in order to better reflect the mobility of PlayStation and that HTC is going to be the first non-Sony partner to bring the PlayStation experience to their hardware. This was rumored back in February to come at Mobile World Congress, but apparently Sony saw fit to hold off on it until now.
What exactly the partnership means isn’t clear; the example hardware used in their slides was the HTC One X, but no timeline for PlayStation Mobile to roll out on HTC handsets was given.
Sony promised that they will have many more PlayStation Certified phones this year, so we should hear plenty more about this going forward. Hopefully other manufacturers are coming on board, as well.
Despite a fair amount of hype leading up to its announcement, the PlayStation phone and subsequent PlayStation Suite efforts have not exactly lived up to the expectations of fans. I used an Xperia Play for a couple weeks and was completely underwhelmed by the hardware and the games that were available at that time. With that said, I hope Sony has taken the early criticism to heart. It’s encouraging to hear that other manufacturers are signing on to the program.
Do you think Sony can turn the newly christened PlayStation Mobile program around and leverage it to deliver compelling content for Android?
Update: Sony sent out a brief press release after this posted. The only new information is that the HTC devices that are initially joining the list of PlayStation Certified devices are the “HTC One series of smartphones, HTC One X, HTC One S, and HTC One V.”Show Press Release
Sony Computer Entertainment Announces HTC As Part Of The PlayStation™Certified License Program
PLAYSTATION®SUITE RENAMED “PLAYSTATION®MOBILE”
Further Proliferate The PlayStation® Experience Across Mobile Devices
TOKYO, June 4, 2012
TOKYO, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced HTC Corporation (HTC) will join the PlayStation™Certified license program(*1). By collaborating with HTC, a global designer of smartphones and the world’s first company to launch Android-powered devices, SCE aims to deliver the PlayStation® experience to even more users around the world.
“HTC is focused on delivering innovative mobile experiences for people everywhere and SCE’s immersive world of gaming will bring compelling entertainment to HTC One customers across the globe,” said Kouji Kodera, Chief Product Officer, HTC Corporation.
In addition to third party developers and publishers as well as a wide range of content developers who have agreed to develop content for PlayStation®Suite, SCE Worldwide Studios is developing attractive games. SCE is positioned to proliferate the world of PlayStation across mobile devices with the progress of content development and the expansion of PlayStation Certified devices. In conjunction with this development, SCE will rename PlayStation Suite to PlayStation®Mobile, and position it as a new platform.
SCE will further accelerate the expansion of PlayStation Certified devices and continue to collaborate with content developers to drive the delivery of compelling entertainment experiences through PlayStation Mobile.