Report: Sony grants PlayStation Suite certification to HTC smartphones

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Sony Corporation is awarding PlayStation Suite certification to HTC, enabling gamers to play classic PlayStation titles like Crash Bandicoot and Gran Turismo across the manufacturer's Android smartphones and tablets.

Sources have confirmed to Pocket-lint that HTC has secured PlayStation Suite certification, with an official announcement expected as soon as this month's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. HTC said it would not "comment on rumors or speculation."

Sony first announced the PlayStation Suite program last year in a move to extend the venerable gaming brand across the mobile ecosystem. "It expands the PlayStation experience beyond the PSP border," then-Sony Computer Entertainment CEO/future Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai said at the time. "It is the first cross-platform endeavor."

Sony recently indicated it is mulling whether to port its PlayStation Vita mobile operating system to smartphones and tablets. "If you're asking if we've made it in a way that's expandable, so that it's possible to apply to smartphones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices--it is possible," Sony Computer Entertainment senior vice president Yoshio Matsumoto told Japanese publication AV Watch. "That doesn't mean that we're applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time, but it's been designed with expandability in mind."

Sony plans to release the PlayStation Vita to U.S. consumers on Feb. 22. A Wi-Fi-only version of the portable gaming device is priced at $249, with a 3G/Wi-Fi edition priced at $299. AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is Sony's exclusive mobile broadband connectivity provider in the U.S.

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