When big companies collaborate – especially within tech circles – the initial hype generated seldom equates to good products, and two companies which appear to be perfect partners "on paper" often cannot unite in discovering the magic formula required to push successful products.
That said, Nokia’s abandonment of its dead-horse Symbian OS in favor of a jump on the Windows Phone bandwagon looks increasingly likely to pay dividends in the long run, and with the Redmond company’s ecosystem having surpassed Apple to become the number one mobile software in China, the Nokia-Microsoft partnership could already be regarded as a success story.
So where do HTC, who, it has just been revealed, will officially manufacture PlayStation handsets, fit into the tech industry’s version of speed dating? The "quietly brilliant" Taiwanese company is known to deliver the goods in the hardware department, and its flagship One X device certainly gives the much-lauded Samsung Galaxy S III a run for its money in terms of specs. Thus, one suspects, Sony’s opening of PlayStation Suite – which has just been renamed to PlayStation Mobile – to third-party Android manufacturers (HTC being the first confirmed), is a match made in heaven.
It’s certainly refreshing to see Sony cave in and liberate its closed-off services in line with today’s market. When the PS Vita was announced, many presumed Sony would simply push an improved PSP and be done with it, but with cross-platform technology and now a PlayStation Mobile device on the horizon, the future certainly looks brighter for Sony Entertainment.
“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
I do hope HTC doesn’t include a physical control pad with any of its future PlayStation certified units. I firmly believe the whole idea is to offer slick, impressive gaming capabilities while also keeping the device looking like a smartphone – as opposed to a games console with a cellular chip.
Given HTC’s previous, I have every faith the company will deliver the good. I’m also pretty stoked about the prospect of more Droid vendors sinking their teeth into the PlayStation software.