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Sony Unveils PlayStation Suite

New framework and licensing program to bring PlayStation content to Android devices.

Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai unveils PlayStation Suite at the PlayStation Meeting 2011 press conference yesterday.

Sony's plans for the portable market go beyond its high powered PSP successor, codenamed NGP. The company also announced plans yesterday for "PlayStation Suite" (PS Suite), a new initiative that will bring PlayStation content devices powered by Google's Android operating system.

PS Suite will offer both new and old content. Android users will be able to connect to a new PlayStation Store directly from their device to make purchases.

Content will kick off this year with games from the original PlayStation, running on emulation. Sony will be providing an actual title list in a future briefing. Pricing was not announced.

Sony currently offers PlayStation titles for download on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable as part of the "Game Archives" library. This sees five or six additions every week and has such big games as Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid. Most games cost 600 yen, but some top tier games go as high as 1500 yen.

To help developers create new PS Suite content, Sony will be offering a new hardware-neutral game development environment. The company will also be starting a "PlayStation Certified" licensing program. Through this, it will be working closely with developers on hardware development. Makers will be able to license the PlayStation logo and trademark button icons.

The newly announced NGP portable system will also be able to play PlayStation Suite games. At the PlayStation Meeting press conference yesterday where both NGP and PS Suite were announced, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai indicated that PS Suite could be used to provide more casual experiences to go along with the more robust gaming experiences exclusively available to NGP players.

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