The company stirred up a decent amount of excitement with devices such as the Xperia Play, Tablet S and Tablet P, but according to the SCE Chairman, it’s about time that the PlayStation Suite flew out of the nest. “This isn’t an ecosystem where we want to keep everything within the Sony family,” Hirai noted during the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong. “This is not just for Sony devices.”
Hirai also mentioned that they are currently discussing running the Suite on non-Sony devices with other companies. This would open a lot of possibilities — not only for Sony, but also for the millions of gamers who wished that PS games were playable on their Android devices.
Announced earlier this year, the PlayStation Suite is a cross-platform software framework that aims to deliver the PlayStation gaming experience to devices that run on Android 2.3 and beyond. Things will get more interesting in the coming month with the release of a software development kit (SDK) enabling developers to build games for PS Certified devices that are deployable to Android devices. Basically, that means being able to play the same game on a console such as the PS3 and on mobile Android device such as the Tablet S.
Though we can look forward to a graphic experience worthy of the PlayStation brand, there is the question of speed and smoothness, as some SDK-developed games may run slower than those specifically created for Android devices due to console translation. Right now, all we can do is wait, as SDK-developed games will most probably be released next year.
There are no details yet regarding the PS Suite’s expansion to other non-Sony devices. According to Hirai, the company will announce developments when the time is right — so let the clock-watching begin.