Sony Ericsson (SE) still plans to make the PlayStation Suite mobile games download service available to more Android phones, despite slow take-up from consumers.
When SE launched PlayStation Suite back in February it said it intended to bring the service to any Android phone running the 2.3 version of Google’s OS (aka Gingerbread) or above.
However, the best part of a year later it remains available solely for SE smartphones, such as the much-hyped Xperia Play, and select Sony tablets, prompting speculation that the original strategy may have been abandoned in the face of weak demand.
Not so. Or at least not if Sony’s 2-i-C Kazuo Hirai is to be believed.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hirai claimed that moves to expand the range of PlayStation Suite-compatible devices are ongoing and hinted that an announcement could be on the way sooner than we think.
He said: “This isn’t an ecosystem where we want to keep everything within the Sony family... This is not just for Sony devices.
“We’re in discussions with non-Sony companies to bring them on board. We’ll make those announcements when it’s time to go public with it. This is not just for Sony devices.”
SE’s PlayStation Suite strategy has so far rested largely on exclusivity deals for re-rubs of PSONE titles such as Syphon Filter and Crash Bandicoot, with the promised slew of PSP games yet to appear.