It's not been the best of times for HTC lately, and there's no question that it's dropped off the pace being set by fellow Android devotee Samsung.
But it's not for lack of trying, what with an endless line of new phones coming out, that Beats Audio business, and now this – a green light to give its handsets a gaming boost thanks to Sony PlayStation certification.
It was a few months ago that Sony Computer Entertainment boss (and soon to be boss of all of Sony) Kaz Hirai said the company didn't intend for the PlayStation Suite to be a Sony-only platform, and promised discussions were underway to bring other device makers on board.
Well it seems the short distance of travelling between Japan and Taiwan has worked in HTC's favour, as it has managed to get the details hammered out quicker than any of its rivals and will be the driving force behind the first non-Sony PlayStation-certified devices.
So says Pocket-lint, though it's not clear when we'll get an official announcement. Reading between the lines we'd say it's an outside chance that either HTC or Sony will have something official to say on the record at MWC later this month. In terms of actual products, the second half of the year seems to be the sensible guess.
The news comes on the back of HTC's acquisition of Beats Audio towards the end of last year to beef up its smartphone range with some sonic goodness. Whether this is simply HTC taking any chance it can get to inject some much-needed differentiation into its portfolio, or part of a deliberate move to reposition itself as an “entertainment phone” specialist remains to be seen.
But we'll certainly be willing to give its PlayStation-certified phones a go, even if we are in for a bit of a weight.