Well, well, the rumor from February about Sony offering PlayStation certified games on one particular third party smartphone manufacturer turned out to be true. During their E3 2012 keynote, Sony revealed that they will collaborate with HTC to offer the newly re-branded PlayStation Mobile gaming software, formerly called PlayStation Suite, on a larger selection of handsets around the world. So far, the HTC One series of smartphones, which include the One X, One S, and One V, are listed as PlayStation certified. We imagine Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE will join later on.
“It’s our goal to make sure that wherever you are and wherever you go, PlayStation’s quality content is always available for you to enjoy. Tonight we announced that HTC will be our first non-Sony group partner to have its smartphones PlayStation-certified, which will help expand the PlayStation experience to even more devices and entirely new audiences.” – Jack Tretton, President & CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America
“HTC is focused on delivering innovative mobile experiences for people everywhere and SCE’s immersive world of gaming will bring compelling entertainment to HTC One customers across the globe.” – Kouji Kodera, Chief Product Officer, HTC Corporation
It seems Sony realizes they may need some help to popularize PlayStation Mobile in order to make it a global success. We’ve mentioned this before, but we think the strategy shift will benefit all parties involved. Sony will be able to capitalize on their outdated titles through a wider variety of devices and HTC is enhancing their portfolio to appeal to gamers. Details are sparse at the moment, and it’s unclear at this point if Sony will look to partner with Samsung, LG, Motorola or any other manufacturers further down the line.
Sony E3 2012 Press Conference:
Source: PlayStation Blog, Sony