PlayStation 1 Games Coming To Android Devices

By Ishaan . January 27, 2011 . 12:01am


Sony are set to launch a service this year, titled “PlayStation Suite,” which allows PlayStation 1 games to be played across a variety of Android-based portable devices — even non-Sony ones.


Sony cite mobile phones, smart-phones and tablet PCs as examples of the kind of devices that will have access to the PlayStation Suite service. The service will also include the PlayStation Certified program for hardware developers, to whom Sony will offer development support and licensing.


PlayStation Suite is set to launch this year. Sony say that they will be “starting with original PlayStation games,” and that these titles will be made available via an easy-to-use PlayStation Store on Android devices. Naturally, Sony’s own upcoming NGP device will have access to the service as well.

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  • malek86

    I don’t really want to play them with a virtual pad…

    • Then don’t?

      Anyway, this is totally awesome. especially since I am an android phone user. I loved a lot of the PS1 era games so this is great news for me.

    • Kris

      Well, there is that “Xperia Play” Playstation phone thing…

      • Tokyo Guy

        Ironically, by announcing this entertainment suite, Sony has all but invalidated the Xperia Play. Yes, it still has relevancy given it’s control scheme, but now there is absolutely no need to buy the product in general because you can play the games on “any” phone.

        • malek86

          Uhm, they probably wanted to put out a new smartphone anyway (it’s Sony Ericsson after all). At least, this way, it will be a bit different from the ten thousands Android devices out there. besides, if they want the Suite platform to be successful, it’s better for them to try and put it on as many devices as possible (and maybe the Xperia Play will end up benefitting from its success, although it might take until a new model).

          I don’t think the games would be playable on my measly G1 anyway. Still doesn’t mean I’m interested in upgrading: it works just fine, except for sometimes lagging when coming out of programs. I really should have gone for a model with more RAM :P

          • Tokyo Guy

            But that’s the problem- they have a new smartphone called the Xperia Arc. It has a larger screen and is 2-3X thinner. There is absolutely no reason to own the Xperia Play now save for those who want to play games. But then again the problem is that with the PSP2 coming out later this year, it seems pointless to spend the money on a phone that won’t run the new games.

            Again I’m not saying the Xperia Play is going to flop, but I am saying the timing and strategy here leaves a lot to be desired. I mean, Sony hasn’t even officially announced the smartphone yet for crying out loud…

          • Xperia /= dedicated gaming platform, the announcement is coming next month.

  • PersonaBull

    Finally, some love for my Droid2 <3 I always get sad at the mountains of things out for the iPhone/iPad but never anything android's way.
    I'd definitely only play turn-based kinds of games on it, though. The virtual pad is pretty terrible.

  • Tokyo Guy

    Now this concept sounds great, though I have a strong feeling there are going to be a LOT of bugs/complaints involved. For starters, Sony mentioned that people will be able to play these games using touch screens only. Considering that none of these games are made for touch screens, there will need to be some form of virtual controller. Precision never seems to be spot-on with this type of thing (perhaps because of hardware limitations; the Dual-Core smartphones might solve this entirely).

    I dare say that this isn’t all that surprising either, though. Sony had been quietly pushing its gaming online content on the PC for the past year or so. Anyone who uses Media Go will instantly notice the PSN access feature. And while you couldn’t ever play the games and such on the PC (though I believe you can play movies and music), it was still a kind of “branching out” type thing. I see this as a more aggressive leap forward.

    On a final note, I can see Apple collectively wincing in pain upon learning of this news, and then immediately issuing a PR statement or comment to the effect of “We have X thousand apps and X thousand games on the most successful App Store on Earth” without making any direct references to Sony/Android/Google, but doing their best to try and make gaming-centered iPhone users stay put.

    • Somehow, I don’t think Apple will be too concerned… They might be classics in our eyes, but PS1 games are certainly not as appealing as the simpler stuff you see on the App Store to the average consumer, imo.

    • As long as games like Angry Birds, Infinite Blade and Cut the Rope do monster sales as well as other Apps doing well, I think Apple will look at it, go “meh” and carry on as usual.

      I could see Apple issue a PR statement, but more as a dirty business tactic in decreasing interest then as a “Oh crap! Have you seen what they’ve done?” reaction.

  • Code

    rar, I don’t like this, I don’t like this one bit omo;

  • tubers

    IMHO, the Xperia Play Phone will be the “pseudo” successor of the PSP 3000 and Go. If, the analogue pads deliver.

    Xperia Play = Android and PSN Games and PS Suite
    NPG (PSP2) = PSN Games, PS Suite and PSP2 Games

  • Sounds pretty good. Although games that require some sort of precssion may suffer a bit at least RPG’s fans will beenfit from this service.

  • My favorite part about the Article? The CC Picture <3

  • Kai2591

    Glad I have an Android phone.

  • PrinceHeir

    i would rather play them on a PSP, but it’s all good :P

  • Yeah I doubt it’ll be Chrono Cross up there.


  • AdamBoy64

    Just sell me the Xperia Play already…
    I have desires and needs that have to be met. So hurry up, Sony / Ericsson.

  • Zero_Destiny

    My dream of Chrono Cross on the go heheheh!!!! Yes announce that and I’ll have to buy a PSP2 or whatever you want to call it. That being said with this service it better not mean I can’t transfer my PS1 games from my PS3/PSP to the PSP2. I’m not buying all these games other again. Likewise if the service isn’t offering the same amount of games (or it does have the same amount but there just different PS1 games) and it doesn’t offer anything good than I’ll be so PO’d with the PSP2, unless it still let’s you transfer PSN/PS1 classic titles then I couldn’t care less.

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