President and CEO of Sony Kaz Hirai (holy hell, that source code is a mess) dropped some interesting news amidst the NGP-centric chaos last night at the PlayStation Meeting 2011: the PlayStation Suite, a software framework essentially opens up mobile gaming to any Sony certified device. Well, what qualifies as a “certified device?” Currently, it looks like just about anything running Android 2.3 and up.
The implications of this are huge. As noted in the press release, offering “PlayStation content on an open operating system” in this sort of scale is a first for the company. Everything offered through the suite will ostensibly be available through a custom app and run independently of other hardware or software on the device so long as it meets certification requirements.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the PlayStation Phone (now officially known as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play), the new NGP (formerly known as the PSP2), or your Motorola Droid; if Sony says you’re good to go, you’ll be rocking PSOne classics in no time at all. At this point, though, it does seem to be largely limited to just the NGP and Android 2.3+ devices (since Android itself has hardware requirements that probably match up pretty well with PlayStation Suit certification, too).
Despite what Hirai said during the PS Suite segment, yes, the PS Suite will start out limited to the PSOne scope. That’s not to say that it can’t expand to PSP titles or even NGP games, but there’s nothing confirming that, either.
It should also be noted that quotation marks in press releases make it hard to not read things with the ironic “air quote” inflection.