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Sony to Officially Open PS3 and PSP to Third-Party Applications?


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264w ago - Last week's Media/Investor Conference indicated that starting in 2010 Sony may officially open its PS3 and PSP platforms to third-party applications.

Sony also recently launched a Digital Comics Reader application for the PSP and PSPgo consoles.

Today Gamerzines.com (linked above) expands on that notion as follows, to quote:

"Sony has always had an unusual relationship with third party software (we're not talking games). The PS2 explicitly allowed the running of Linux on it.

The PS3 came with Linux support, which ended up with some institutions buying PS3s in bulk in order to run them in parallel as a cheap sort of super-computer (there's no cheaper way to get the Cell chip, apparently). Then Sony removed the Linux option from the PS3 Slim.

Sony has constantly battled with homebrew on the PSP. It has always been in the name of piracy, but the end result has been that it has been impossible to run third-party applications on the PSP, and the ability to do so on the PS3 has effectively been removed.

It was therefore a little surprising to see just how the Digital Comics feature has been implemented on the PSP. Although you need the latest firmware installed, the comic reader isn't part of the firmware. Instead, you have to manually download the software to a folder you create on the PSP called "APP".

The look and feel of the comics app isn't all that in keeping with the PSP itself, and it launches as a "game". It looks like a third-party developed application, though the support and distribution are official. However, appearing in the "Extras" menu, it has us wondering what other "Extra" apps we might get."



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#16 - ctjewett - 263w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Poopsqueege View Post
not stealing games that can be rented from blockbuster for 2 dollars.

When was the last time you rented a game from Blockbuster for $2.00? I haven't since the 80s. The Blockbuster down the street from me has a poor selection of games, and charges $7.99/7 days. I did GameFly for a while, which was decent, however.

These days, I just buy used games and re-sell them when I'm done with them, as it's actually cheaper in the long run, given the (in-)frequency in which I pick up new titles. Half.com is my friend. A few really good ones (LBP for instance), I keep in my library for the long haul.

Quote Originally Posted by thulsa18 View Post
I think some people confuse what homebrew is..

Homebrew is not limited to backup launchers and such things. Sony will probably do it similar to the iphone appstore from apple.

I agree. It would make a lot of sense for Sony to flirt with the homebrew community. Apple has certainly benefited from the ubiquity of the iPhone. Sony already has the tools for a decent home brew market on the PS3, and they've been STRONGLY courting developers for the PSP GO (which is a joke of a system in my opinion.) It seems to me, Sony has been losing money and market share, and is pretty desperate to regain dominance. In the mobile market, Nintendo and Sony have been strongly hurt by iPhone. If Sony can make compelling hardware (PS3 is that already), and encourage the developer community with strong incentives (open development platform, rich developer tools, low-margin file hosting, etc), Sony could actually have a rich App Store on it's hands. I doubt Sony would ever allow completely open development, for things like Emulators and the like, but I can definitely see opportunity for them, if they play their cards right. I just wonder if it's too little, too late. The PS3 is definitely better hardware (than the XB360), and seem to be gaining momentum, but it's taken them 3 years to get here. I just hope Sony can come back strong, but after several years of bad (anti-consumer) decisions, I have my doubts.

#15 - Aeonin - 263w ago
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I'm personally hoping that Sony continues what they've been up with their Xperia line of smartphones - which are Android enabled. If Sony can introduce an Android marketplace onto a home console - I think the implications could be groundbreaking.

Right now I'm looking into possibly creating an Android application for PSN integration. There is one out now already - so I'm glad that it is possible.

I'm personally hoping that Sony continues what they've been up with their Xperia line of smartphones - which are Android enabled. If Sony can introduce an Android marketplace onto a home console - I think the implications could be groundbreaking.

Right now I'm looking into possibly creating an Android application for PSN integration. There is one out now already - so I'm glad that it is possible.

#14 - LiquidXed - 264w ago
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I think this will unlock a lot of hacking for the PS3 like Datel. Look at the FMCB for the PS2. I can't wait!

#13 - jul644 - 264w ago
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Well just to note, the old information bored is just flash:

sk8terfu
Since FW 2.0 till FW 3.0 there was the so called Informationboard. This is a simple .swf file on the HDD and can be replaced with knightsolidus' HDD decryption methode. As the informationboard.swf does not run in a sandbox there's a lot possible but sadly it was removed in the actual FW 3.0.

#12 - ProSkillz21 - 264w ago
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Again, I'm not sure how Microsoft does it so I'm just speculating, but I believe XNA works in a way that you pay a special subscription fee if you want to sell your games, and then you can sell them for whatever you want as long as you are subscribed.

However I believe you can upload the games to your own xbox for free.

 

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