PlayStation Suite

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  1. NicolasGB

    NicolasGB New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Are any of you as excited as I am by Sony's announcement of the PlayStation Suite a few weeks ago ?

    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/32664/PlayStation_Suite_Addresses_Sonys_Smartphone_Gaming_Gap.php

    If Sony can pull it off, it will allow devs to sell "playstation quality certified" games to the millions of Android users out there through a dedicated (read: not crowded) store . I think it can be very interesting for developers making high budget titles while fearing to lack visibility on the Android market.

    Interested to get your thoughts on that...

    Nicolas
     
  2. Applewood

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    I think I should be excited, but tbh I find the whole thing utterly confusing.

    There have been so many rehashed playstation thingies that the next time I look into this market I've no confidence in finding out exactly what I should write or where and how I should sell it.
     
  3. NicolasGB

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    Sure, it remains to be seen how Sony will execute and promote the platform. But PlayStation is a big name to about anyone, surely it will attract users on the store
     
  4. Gossamer

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    Although it sounds very promising (especially because I feel Sony finally understands how to create a proper handheld gaming device with the NGP) I'm still somewhat reserved. It doesn't state anything yet about how to become a gamedev for the PS Suite program, so if you have to jump through a thousand hoops to be "certified" for that too it might not be worth it. I do hope this initiative will breach the 1-dollar-apps/games trend and that normal prices charged for quality software will once become a possibility.

    Some more copypasta of the full press release:

    Tokyo, January 27, 2011– Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled “PlayStation®Suite” (PS Suite), delivering the PlayStation® experience to Android™ based portable devices*1. Through this entirely new initiative, users will be able to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history. In the dramatically evolving and diversifying mobile market, the number of users who enjoy games casually on a variety of devices including mobile phones, smart-phones and tablet PCs, has been increasing significantly. By offering “PlayStation quality” content to this rapidly growing market, SCE will not only deliver the PlayStation experience to a wider base of users around the globe, but will also be able to offer game developers and publishers the potential to further expand their business opportunities to these devices.

    In providing the PlayStation experience on Android based portable devices, SCE will commence a “PlayStation®Certified” license program for hardware manufacturers. Through this program, SCE will offer necessary support, including development support as well as logo licensing, to ensure the delivery of PlayStation quality experience across various devices.

    On the software front, SCE plans to provide PS Suite content within this calendar year, starting with original PlayStation games*2 (PS one® classics) that will allow users to enjoy “PlayStation quality” gameplay on their Android based portable devices. SCE also plans to open PlayStation®Store where users will be able to download content in an easy to use environment, directly via the Android based portable devices. Moreover, SCE will provide a new game development environment in an effort to ensure new and compelling content is delivered on PS Suite, which will also offer opportunities for a wider base of developers and publishers to further expand their business on various portable devices.

    Newly developed content for PS Suite can also be enjoyed on the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which SCE announced today. Users who have never experienced PlayStation content can get a taste of the PlayStation experience through PS Suite and from there, they can enjoy the ultimate portable entertainment experience that is only possible on NGP.

    SCE will vigorously enhance the entertainment world delivering the PlayStation experience to a wider base of users.

    *1 Android™ 2.3 or beyond is required.
    *2 PS one game console software title. We will announce the tiles when ready.
     
  5. Julio Gorge

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    There's already some technical information regarding the Xperia Play, e.g.:
    http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/developerworld/2011/02/13/xperia-play-touch-pad/

    I hate the fact that in order to take advantage of the game-pad and other inputs you need to use Android 2.3's Native Activity, which is not available in earlier releases. Mind you, only one phone with Android 2.3 has been released so far (Nexus S), even those who bought the Nexus One direct from Google are still waiting for the 2.3 firmware since the announcement in December.
     
  6. Applewood

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    Can somone explain to me (who's not looked into this yet) just exactly what Sony are allegedly bringing to the table here?

    For example, can't you just make Android apps and sell them already?
     
  7. vjvj

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    I'm hearing lots of rumblings/hints of some interesting PS Suite and NGP announcements at GDC, so I'm hoping a lot will be clarified there. We set up a meeting with Sony to discuss some of this; we think we understand what they are trying to do here, but there are some tangibles that must be in place for any of it to happen IMHO.

    I think PS Suite requires Android 2.3 across the board anyway.

    I think the PlayStation Certified process is for hardware manufacturers only (re-read your copypasta; they specify hardware). The impression I get is that PS Suite is otherwise an open platform; build your game in Android 2.3 and make sure it runs fast enough on their min spec hardware (which I think is Xperia Play).

    Which raises another question: Do NGP and other PS Certified devices ONLY run PS Suite apps, or can they run anything written to any Android version?
     
  8. lennard

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    It's going to be dead in the water if it can't run everything any other Android device could, including javascript in a browser.
     
  9. andrew

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    If they are talking about having 2.4 ready in April, I'd bet they'll push to many devices (Evo, Droid, etc) in the next month or two...?

    - andrew
     
  10. NicolasGB

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    Sure, you can. But it's very difficult to market them as you get lost in an ocean of apps with very different levels of quality.

    The way I understand it, the PS Suite is essentially Sony bringing their QA certification process and their PlayStation Store onto Android.
    In theory, QA certification means a pain in the ass for us developers but ultimately higher quality games. The PS Store brings better visibility as it will only feature a small set of high quality games.

    Obviously that's all very theoretical, there have been loads of shovelware on PlayStation before so I can't see it being different this time. But hopefully it should help trim the fat off the humongous amount of Android games on the marketplace, by providing a special, dedicated marketplace for "PlayStation certified" games.

    Geez I'm beginning to sound like I work for Sony :eek:
     
  11. Applewood

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    Sounds good to me. I'm a big exponent of at least partially closed systems for the reasons you described.

    Just not sure what Android has got to do with Sony. Seems a bit like Google trying to sell phones. Er.... :)
     
  12. Scharlo

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    Not really. I mean, you can make the app and sell it through Android market but you won't sell much. In order to reach the bulk of the consumers with your Android app you need to sell it through carrier specific store - like in the old days of J2ME games. Nothing really changed. At least not for the better.
     

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