Earlier today, Sony has unveiled most of its plans in the mobile gaming sector for this year. While still not announcing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the famed PlayStation/PSP phone (which is looking quite certain of a MWC debut at this point), Sony has introduced the PlayStation Suite for Android and the next-generation PSP.
The PlayStation Suite will, at first, be an emulator for PSOne games. But it will also come with a development kit, and a store, so conceivably game developers can develop games specifically for the PS Suite and sell them through the integrated store. The PlayStation Suite will not be limited to the upcoming Xperia Play, nor to Sony Ericsson Android devices. Any manufacturer can theoretically have it on their devices, if they adhere to Sony’s strict hardware and software requirements. One of those is that the device must be running at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread. As of now, only one phone, the Google Nexus S, does. So this will not show up in a phone near you in the next few days, or even weeks. It remains to be seen how many other phone manufacturers will want to have anything to do with this.
Also interesting is that there won’t be a set hardware requirement for joystick/joypad and the famous PlayStation keys – if the hardware won’t be there, they’ll be rendered in software.
Sony has also unveiled its plans concerning the next-gen PSP, codenamed the NGP. This will be available towards the end of the year, and, interestingly, will have 3G connectivity on board. It’s unclear at this point if that will be usable for voice calls, or only for data.
Other than that, the NGP will be compatible with both PlayStation Suite games, and with legacy titles for the original PSP.
Hardware-wise, the new PSP will feature a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a dedicated GPU, a 5-inch, 960×544 OLED capacitive multitouch screen, a multi touch pad at the back, both a front and a rear camera, stereo speakers, built-in microphone, three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer, three-axis electronic compass, GPS, Wi-Fi n and Bluetooth 2.1. There will of course be plenty of gaming buttons here: a PS button, a power button, directional buttons, action buttons (the PlayStation keys), shoulder buttons (right/left), right stick, left stick, a start button and a select button, as well as volume buttons.
The NGP will have a new game medium, a small flash memory-based card.
Don’t get too excited yet, since you’ll have to wait until “this holiday season” to get your hands on one.
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