According to Pocket-lint, Sony is planning to bestow PlayStation Certification onto upcoming HTC Android smartphones by the middle of the year. What does said certification entail?

Basically, the PlayStation Suite project (of which PlayStation Certified hardware is a part) currently consists of a dozen or so ported PSX titles from Sony's back catalog - like Crash Bandicoot, or Syphon Filter. They work on PS Certified Android phones as well as the PlayStation Vita.

Retro gaming has certainly experienced a second-wind on smartphones thanks to emulation, and Sony is trying to capitalize on that interest through more legitimate (and profitable) channels.

While the PlayStation Certified program has been slow to take off, it's not like those PSX games are going to lose a lot more of their value at this point, given that many are already approaching their 15th birthdays. Sony's flagship PlayStation Certified handset, the XPERIA Play, was generally considered a flop stateside, so the company needs all the partners it can at this point to try and get the platform off the ground.

It's possible HTC will be announcing this new feature on its handsets at MWC in Barcelona later this month, so we'll have to see how this rumor pans out over the next few weeks.


David Ruddock
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  • John

    Great news! It's too bad I hate Sony.

  • Edd

    Good because Sony's (smartphone) hardware has generally been crap.

    Indifferent because their store is over-priced to the point of financial rape, pathetically understocked, and apps like FPSECE and PSXdroid did it much better.

    And lastly, Sony should just bring out an Android compatible Bluetooth controller. Ignoring the sisaxis workaround.

  • calvin

    XPERIA Play was a complete flop? it was a rushed product just to say "ican" (that's not a typo) do this to.

    Sony if they wanted need to look for a better way to move Ps1/Ps2 games, i know that the PsV will auto do that for them, but looking at the XPERIA Play i want them to update it if it had these stats i don't think people would over look it this time.

    XPERIA Play 2 (or some better name like NGP, next generation phone comes to mind)
    2.Ghz dual core, or Tegra 3 processor
    4.0 ICS (with no over lay just a few small tweaks)
    32Gb build in memory + micro sd card slot
    1gig or 2 gig of ram
    Super Amoled HD (or the same used in the Vita)
    PsV card slot to play Vita games (come on that would sell it like hot cakes)
    Omit the vita back touch pad on the new phone because only like 4 game will ever use it and no game will force you to only use it.
    and last but not least.
    A APP (<-- mark this one all caps because is a biggie) that is the same menu and interface as the Psv home screen.

    if that happend i would say bye bye to My epic 4g touch and hello to a brave new world that is PlayStation viva la vita/NGP, next generation phone.

  • George C

    Great, Playstation Certification... I'd rather HTC update their fucking phones quicker. Than adding more shit I won't use to it first.

    • js

      It is like Sprint. Instead of building out Wimax or making faster progress on 3G improvements or LTE, they bring us exclusive NBA apps and Sprint Zone.