In Japan today Sony held a special event to make a few announcements about it’s PlayStation brand. The first big announcement came not in the form of the all-but-officially-confirmed PlayStation Phone, but something very close. The announcement actually came in the form of the PlayStation Suite, a store for Android phones.
The PlayStation Suite will be available on Sony-approved “PlayStation Certified” Android phones, as well as Sony’s next portable console (currently codenamed NGP). The service will at first provide emulated PlayStation 1 games. For devices without buttons the controller layout will be placed on the screen, only slightly obscuring the game being played. Sony will also provide a way for developers to create their own games to add to the service.
The goal is to provide a “PlayStation quality” experience across all games and devices. Phones that are certified by Sony will carry special branding, or at least that’s the plan. It would be safe to assume that the PlayStation Phone, or Xperia Play as it may be called not, will be one of the first phones to carry that branding. There’s no firm launch date for PlayStation Suite, though it will be coming sometime in 2011. Perhaps we can expect more at Mobiel World Congress next month, or E3 this summer.