Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play

Sony announced the PlayStation Suite which is an Android store full of PSOne games. Sony will also launch a quality assurance scheme called PlayStation Certified which is bound to attract the mobile game giants and more high quality games. *The service will be available for any device with Android 2.3 and above – the Nexus S is the only compatible device on sale now(~0.4% of Android devices).

This is great news for Android owners. The strategy is in direct competition with the XBox experience you get on Windows Phone 7. Sony has done what hackers have been doing for a while now – emulating PSOne games. They plan to go further with the move, possibly bringing PSP and then PS2 tittles into the mix.

The key to the success of this thing is pricing. People who use PSOne emulators have been enjoying PSOne games for free. If Sony places some ridiculous price tags given that fact, and given that games on the Android Market and iOS App Store are dirt cheap, they will fail. In fact, each game should cost US$0.99. There, I said it, bang! I really do hope this pans out; it will be one more reason to get an Android phone/tablet.

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