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Many people often complain that Android’s gaming experience is not quite up to scratch. Don’t fret though guys because Android could one day soon become the greatest mobile gaming platform around. You see, Google have a friend on-board: PlayStation creator, Sony.
Sony are working on many projects that will aim to redefine mobile gaming and could destroy competition from devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and from also those based on Apple’s iOS platform.
Sony are trying to redesign Android’s image as gaming platform and will support 3rd-party developers as well as releasing their own 1st-party games and some titles from their partner developers who already make games for their PlayStation consoles.
Games will be graphically in the range of PSX or PSP games, meaning true console-class 3D gaming could soon be available on your Android device. Titles currently being shown off seem to be focused around some older PSX games as well as some newer PSP offerings. God of War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and LittleBigPlanet are all possible candidates for support and there future plans for games which incorporate augmented reality features.
Additionally, with release of this new app, all Android devices should be able to use PSN (PlayStation Network) and integrate with PSP and PS3 systems on the same account. Upcoming features for this app are likely to include: Remote Play, two-way media streaming, PSN messaging and the ability to use the phone as a Bluetooth remote and game-pad.
Once it has been released it will possibly also offer the ability to win PSN trophies in Android games. As many of the games will be the same as the console titles, I do not believe it would also be too far-fetched to imagine that at some point the new Android games from Sony could allow cross-platform online multiplayer with users running the PSP counterparts of the games.
In terms of release date, it’s possible that this new game ecosystem could be introduced as early as October of this year, but I have yet to find a confirmed date.
What I can assure you though is that this is not just a random rumor or something I have made up. This is a real project being worked on right now. Sony and Google have had good relations lately and this is another example of that.
This particular project makes perfect sense for both parties right now. Google will get a much-needed boost into the gaming and entertainment market for Android, while Sony will be able to draw in more users into their PlayStation ecosystem which should increase usage of PSN and sales of PSP and PS3 consoles.
Also, through Sony’s partnership with Ericsson, they will now also be able to deliver the PlayStation phone that consumers have been waiting for, which they have recently announced as the Xperia Play.
I believe this could be a major win for all companies involved and of course us as consumers too so I hope to see it in action as soon as possible.
Update: Sony have released version 1.0 of their PSN app for Android and have officially announced the new Android gaming platform ‘PlayStation Suite’!