PSP App store in the works - Report

Sony tells Develop it will lower development barriers, will open new section of the PlayStation Store for smaller and cheaper titles--not all of which will be traditional gaming.

Since the release of God of War: Chains of Olympus in March 2008, not a single PSP game has cracked the monthly top 10 list of US best-sellers from the NPD Group. In April, competition in the portable space heated up with the release of Nintendo's DSi, which offers low-cost, direct-download games like WarioWare: Snapped. Now, Sony appears to be trying to reverse its fortunes through a new development model that promotes affordable, easily downloadable titles.

The UMD-less PSP Go will have access to the new games via the upcoming section of the PlayStation Store.

Speaking with British magazine Develop, Sony revealed that it hopes to spark a flurry of new games for its portable platform through several new measures. The platform-holder will allow for lower-cost games by releasing cheaper PSP development kits and streamlining the development process. (Previously, Sony announced it would cut the price of its development kit by 80 percent.) Sony also raised the possibility of non-gaming applications coming to the handheld.

"We're introducing new initiatives for the PSP which take it beyond traditional gaming, but still include elements from gaming, and also includes new developers," said the head of developer relations for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Zeno Colaco, to Develop. Sony claims that more than 50 developers are currently working on new creations for the PSP, with a new, specially branded section of the PlayStation Store to market the new games. Many of the developers are from developing countries, like India's Gameshastra, according to Develop.

With the new move, the PlayStation Store may look a bit more like the iPhone App Store, which allows developers to create all manner of gaming and non-gaming applications--some 65,000 to date. However, Sony also mentioned that it wouldn't make its software development kit public like the iPhone's.

"It is still a professional environment, you still need a development kit and you still need to have investment and a team. But it can be a small team," Colaco said.

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64 comments
brick_player
brick_player

who cares if it doesnt take pics its a gaming system used for gameing not photography

brotherreese
brotherreese

I had wanted one, but it doesn't take pics. Rumor has it the the up comming I-pod touch will have a camera feature just for taking pics and video.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@Bodboy466, Yeah, I thought that was kind of annoying what GS was trying to do too. It seems as though they're so hung up on this PSPGo that they forget that this thing is merely a standalone unit that compliments the--still perfectly functional--regular line of PSPs (including the original 1000 models, which I still have). As for a apps store, I'd be definitely interested to see what they come up with as long as what they offer is of reasonable pricing and good quality.

cjasko94
cjasko94

I love the Idea. People need to stop. Its only handhelds. God..

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

all phones, cameras, portable gaming devices, and mp3 players are all going to be exactly the same now besides each device focusing as one peripheral quality. its ridiculous. i dont need a camera on my mp3 player and i dont need to listen to Owl City on my DS.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I'm hoping this turns out more like XBLA. It will have professionally developed games (to minimize the bs apps) and games that make real use of the hardware, but with small files. A lot of XBLA and small PSN games are around 256-512MB and there is ton's of content in these games. I'd like to see this concept roll over onto portables where DLG's make more sense.

nerd_assassin
nerd_assassin

Yeah! If they would sell the SDK as cheap as the iPhone SDK, I'll definitely get one... I really am hoping to become successful in the game dev scene, but for now I'll resume gaming.

Bodboy466
Bodboy466

OF COURSE the new section's going to be available to all PSP models! There is no difference in specs between any of the later three models and I truly doubt such small applications are even going to push the boundaries of the 1000 model. In fact, the entire discrepancy seems to be centered around Gamespot's picture and caption rather than anything Sony said.

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

Eh it's a nice idea, but I think when I rebuy a psp it will be the 3000. Most app like games are worthless anyway. Plus this tiny handheld is too costly, lol, it better come with a phone plan :P

Mikean007
Mikean007

I think psp will have better quality apps than Apple. But Apple is better at selling hardwares. p.s. I HATE touch controls. Especially when your fingers sweat and it won't slide. People, play games with buttons.

snooker8th
snooker8th

The psp Go will be my first psp console I think ;) And i look forward to this app store. Good move Sony!

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

id love to have the dev kit made public

FinalDuo1886
FinalDuo1886

I'm pretty happy with my PSP 3000, so no thanks :D. I just hope this app is for all PSP models and not just the Go. If it is a exclusive, then someone creditability of there products is going to be at stake.

Icehearted
Icehearted

When I read that"not all of which will be traditional gaming" I suddenly remembered that ridiculous fireplace thing they released for xbox live. This is what casual gaming has led us to; pointless doodads on game consoles. Why buy a $250 PSP (they were about that when i got mine... for free 8)) for latest and greatest games when you can get someone that makes it look like you've got a fireplace n your pocket?! My friends, the end is nigh!

kmnov21
kmnov21

@lamprey263 I don't think that will be the case. People like me who have the PSP-2000 and are happy with the current PSP model will still buy regular games. $249 dollars is still about $50 more that you have to kick out. Like me, $50 can buy some games and accessories. The only question is will these apps be compatible with the other PSP models?

AyuSora
AyuSora

That is interesting... As long as the apps are released for all PSP's I will be happy. It better not be a Go exclusive.

lamprey263
lamprey263

the PSP Go is going to kill the ability to sell the PSP at retail, regular game stores will have absolutely no incentive to sell a portable system that they can't sell games for, and gamers are not going to buy a portable game system if they can't go to the store, look on the shelves, and see a library of titles to pick from; I'm a little more worried about this than I am whether this whole apps-thingy is going to work out I myself though would have no problem logging onto PSN from my PSP and use my credit card to download games, but not too many others are able and willing to go to such lengths

CVM_123
CVM_123

ehh cool i guess...?

JOrdanFX
JOrdanFX

I had a PSP once and got rid of it but the PSP Go is really starting to make me consider trying it out again.

metalkid9
metalkid9

dont care. can we get more gow for psp please?!

Loucetios
Loucetios

NuKkU no, it just starting out when the psp go comes out, since its the same Playstation store the old psp uses

Jordan Bisasky
Jordan Bisasky

I think the PSP Go is really cool and I'm really tempted to upgrade my PSP 2000. But my big concern is that the iPhone/iPod has such a monopoly in the handheld market with apps and downloads that the PSP won't be as noticed as it should.

NuKkU
NuKkU

sounds awesome is it only for the PSP Go!???

lbptoady
lbptoady

sweet can't wait to play some apps and real games.

Poppy425
Poppy425

hmmm.. a little late in game.. and will we see any of this stateside? Take a look at what can be had in the Japanese Online store.. We are so the bastard stepchildren here in the US.

grove12345
grove12345

Downloadable games and Apps would of kept hackers away from the PSP, no point in hacking a PSP if Sony offered PS1 games and apps in the first place. So basically, hackers helped gaming evolve by pressuring Sony to offer something new. thankyou hackers. Too bad the PSP Go is still a PSP 1. So nothing better. WIsh PSP 2 comes out so it can have sharper textures, and higher res.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Apps? Oh, the possibilities, especially with the PSP, although something as simple as live sports scores would be cool!

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

In other words Sony wants to be less like Sony and More like Nintendo.

kram590
kram590

I would definatly buy one of these if it came with a FM radio..... Otherwise perfect entertainment unit

Francision69
Francision69

Looks like every company is trying to get into the App making business. Sony is no different. (~_~)

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

it would be good an app of something like an ebook reader

TalonComics
TalonComics

I recently picked up a PSP 3000 and I must say it has improved quite a bit since my 1000. I see no need to get the Go as there are tons of bargain priced UMDs still available. Personally, I think the new PSP Go is just another attempt by Sony to capture market from Apple and Nintendo in that order.

Genexi2
Genexi2

All depends on if they're 'Apps' or 'Games'. Personally, I'd grab a PSP Go if it had the capabilities of running multiple applications at once with a task manager, would make the system properly equipped for multi-tasking applications, something the iPhone lacks.

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

Loucetios dev kit at $1500 plus $1000 for qa tools, total so far is $2500. still expensive when you compare it to developing for apple ipod/itouch platform.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Everybody is trying to get into the app game nowadays...

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

An app store definitely sounds cool, and the lowering of barriers to development are definitely welcome.

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

I still find it weird.. why did Sony made the PSP3k if they announced the PSP Go shortly after? Anyway, an App Store sounds nice, can't wait to see what it has to offer.

pablo091377
pablo091377

@larryb007 - put the crack pipe down... @ZeeKing09 - Sony is considering a good-will program in which you can mail back your UMDs for download versions of the same game.

larryb007
larryb007

Why is sony always late to the party

anti-viper
anti-viper

Meh... I dislike Handheld gaming in general besides RPGs (mainly Golden Sun), and Pokemon (which is kinda a RPG

Geostrike
Geostrike

Another reason I'm glad I own a PSP.