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Sony's New Development Strategy For the PSP 86

An anonymous reader writes "Sony is finally responding to the threat posed by the iPhone, and has started aggressively courting developers around the world to work on digitally distributed games for PSP in a bid to grow the amount of software offered on its handheld. And, Develop has revealed, the firm is planning to introduce a streamlined content pipeline for the platform — which includes abolishing concept approval — plus cheaper devkits, shorter quality assurance processes, and very low price points for new games. It hasn't totally abolished the barriers around the platform for homebrew and indie devs, but it's a start."
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Sony's New Development Strategy For the PSP

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  • by Reason58 ( 775044 ) on Tuesday July 14, 2009 @11:48AM (#28691909)
    Make games that are fun.
  • How about... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cptnapalm ( 120276 ) on Tuesday July 14, 2009 @12:01PM (#28692079)

    Focus on improving the PSP's abilities rather than spend all their time trying to cripple the functionality other people have given to it?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 14, 2009 @12:31PM (#28692519)


    Did you just actually try to imply Sony and the PS3 have a 'lack of games'? Are you actually that unbelievably clueless?

    Sony created the largest and most diverse console lineup in history for the PS2 by expanding their first party developer studios from the PS1 to PS2 days.

    Sony has now expanded their first party studios beyond what they had in the PS2 days.

    Sony now has 20 first party developer studios.

    Nintendo has 10 first party studios

    Microsoft has 3 or 4

    Let me do the math for you...

    Sony has more than DOUBLE the first party studios putting out games than both other console companies COMBINED.

    The PS3 library of games is going to easily outdo the legendary PS2 library.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 14, 2009 @12:50PM (#28692797)


    There can't be a real person as pathetic as you just came off as.

    "It's not the games that need developing,"

    Of course, since the PSP release list for this year is absolutely staggering in size.

    "it's the PSP itself"

    At well over 50 million PSPs sold worldwide it's obviously you with the issues.

    "An optical drive that you can't write your own discs"

    Joke? Did you honestly just write that? Going all the way back to the first handhelds and reading gaming discussion boards ever since I've never heard of someone complain about something as inane as that.

    "a proprietary memory standard"

    Golly! What is that non-Sony memory doing in my and millions of other's PSPs?

    "build quality"

    Huh? PSP 'build quality'? Now you're just throwing crap out to try to pad out your idiotic little rant.

    "Well, not quite, it has "SONY" written on it, THAT'S the deal breaker."

    Ah yes, there it is. Who didn't see that coming...

    Get a life guy.

  • Re:Dear Sony (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Duradin ( 1261418 ) on Tuesday July 14, 2009 @01:18PM (#28693219)

    I was going to pick up Patapon 2, on an impulse buy, one of the last times I was at a GameStop. Then, I decided I should check the used games, hmm, no copies of it, so then I checked the box. Download only. If anyone hadn't guessed, I still don't have Patapon 2.

    I'd have to buy a new stick of (non-standard) memory to fit it on as well as the game and then there'd be no loaning or trading of it. I'd put up with those restrictions for a under $10 game. For example, I have Zenonia for my iPod. I won't be buying Patapon 2 for $20 plus the cost of a new memory stick.

    My collection of UMD games (why yes, I'm one of those oddballs that actually buys games) also makes the new PSP pointless for me. For me, Sony is basically saying that since I've been a paying customer that has bought into their system they don't want me as a customer anymore because of pirates who don't buy things anyways.

  • Re:Dear Sony (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Jim Hall ( 2985 ) on Tuesday July 14, 2009 @01:39PM (#28693559) Homepage

    I already buy few PSP games. Are you trying to make me completely stop? Digital distribution is a guaranteed way to do it.

    Actually, I prefer digital distribution. But maybe that's because I also have a PS3, so I buy PSP games from PlayStation Network, then push them to my PSP to play there. With the PS3, I don't really care how long it takes to download the game. I hear you can do the same with your PC.

    But yeah, for digital distribution direct to the PSP over wireless ... I can see why this would be a pain.

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