Android gamers yearning for a Sony gaming handset weren’t exactly pleased when all they got was the Xperia Play. The Play wasn’t a completely bad phone-portable console hybrid at all, but the specs just weren’t as good as expected. While Sony quickly tried to sweep the Xperia Play under the rug after the dismal response from the gaming masses, the Japanese didn’t give up on bringing the PlayStation phenomenon to the Android world.
Now Sony has announced that it has given the Taiwanese phone maker HTC the seal of approval to create Android devices that can run PlayStation games. The partnership was announced during Sony’s keynote at the E3 2012 conference, otherwise known as that event where games and geeks collide. Given how protective Sony had been in the past about its PlayStation brand, this is nothing short of a new dawn for the flailing Japanese company, so troubled by middling sales and uncompetitive products.
The first of its kind deal will grant HTC special access to the Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation Certified program, which dictates the hardware and software requirements needed to run PlayStation games. In addition to the partnership, Sony announced that the PlayStation Suite will be henceforth known as the PlayStation Mobile.
We’re sure HTC will do its best to make good use of the PlayStation branding on its future phones, which will give the Taiwanese an edge over competing manufacturers. As for Sony, it will continue to release more PlayStation Certified devices of its own this year, including some tablets.
Are you excited about HTC’s future PlayStation phones? What would you like to see on the gaming handset?