PSP games look set for Xperia Play

PlayStation Store on Android imminent.

PlayStation Portable games look set for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone.

Sony is preparing to make a number of announcements regarding PlayStation Suite, designed to bring PlayStation games to Android based portable devices.

Announced early this year, PlayStation Suite is yet to launch. Currently, PS one classics are brought to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play through PlayStation Pocket. There are currently around 10 of these games, including Crash Bandicoot.

Announcements regarding the PlayStation Suite and PlayStation Store becoming directly available to Android devices are imminent.

"Shortly we'll hear a lot more from PlayStation about the evolution of that strategy and how that's going to play out for Xperia Play," Dominic Neil-Dwyer, head of market development at Sony Ericsson, told Eurogamer.

"That's very much for PlayStation to take forward, the announcement, but they made clear back in March they were going to launch PlayStation Store. We're coming towards the end of the year. PlayStation always delivers on its promises. So, you can be sure that's what's going to come.

"What that means, people are going to have to wait and see. But it's going to be about really good quality content."

Sony will hold a press conference at the Tokyo Game Show in a couple of weeks.

Spectral Souls, by HyperDevbox, is an Android port of the 2006 PSP RPG. But many gamers are hopeful that Sony will launch a concerted effort to bring classic PSP games to Xperia Play.

"Put it this way, all formats," Neil-Dwyer teased when asked if this was planned. "We're talking to people from all formats. It's an Android device, which means it's an open eco-system. Minecraft, a PC game, you can bring that in. HyperDevbox was a PSP port brought in. That's maybe what might be confusing for people. It's platform agnostic. We're just collecting great games and great experiences.

"I would definitely say, rest assured, there will be some really great games coming."

Before Xperia Play was released, videos emerged showing PSP games LittleBigPlanet and God of War running on the device. Will these games appear on Xperia Play?

"All I can say around the PlayStation stuff is, PlayStation want to bring great experiences to Xperia Play," Neil-Dwyer said.

"They've got a great catalogue they're working on. They will let people know when."

Hands on with Xperia Play

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