PlayStation Suite heading to iPhone?

When it launched, it was widely expected that the PlayStation Suite would be an Android-only venture for some time yet. Not so, says Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai. At least, in theory.

To be fair, it was said to be 'hardware neutral' at launch, but we didn't expect it to be heading anywhere near the iPhone. Why? well, only yesterday Apple blocked the Sony Reader iOS app on the grounds that it doesn't allow purchases of content that don't go through the Apple infrastructure. Which is what the PlayStation Suite will do with its dedicated gaming store.

However, according to Crave, in a roundtable session with Japanese journalists, Sony boss Hirai emphasised its 'completely open stance with carriers and handset makers', with 'PlayStation Certified' licences being offered to other mobile makers. He continued: 'There are a variety of OSes, but we're focusing first on Android. There's also Windows, iOS and so forth, but we don't have the resources to make it compatible with everything from the start.' So not yet, but the iPhone and iPad are on the agenda, Apple permitting.

But right now, it's unlikely that Apple will let Sony in with its current set-up, while Microsoft might have issues with the PlayStation on Windows phones. After all, Xbox Live is a big selling point for its Windows Phone 7 handsets. Much will depend on the PlayStation launch for Android. If that's big business and Apple wants a piece of the gaming action, a deal might yet be done. Expect this one to run and run.

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