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


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247w 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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ZigZag001's Avatar
#11 - ZigZag001 - 247w ago
Homebrew doesnt equals backups/iso loaders. The sdk realesed to the public would not be the same as the game studios use minus the devkit hardware. Homebrew sells hardware/consoles. Sony can control what apps to publish with an appstore (PSN) and the community develops cool software at almost no cost for sony.

I would love to write code for my ps3. In sweden where I live we got a couple of different movie/music streaming services that are legal (subscription and/or ad based). Would sony develop clients for these services? Probably not but the community can. If they allow third party apps/homebrew then the removal of the otheros on the slims makes so much more sense.

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#10 - semitope - 247w ago
Do you people really not see the big picture?

Sony couldn't care less about HomeBrew as far as running your own applications. The main thing they are concerned over is the use of unlocked systems to play pirated games.

Consider the fact that Sony would not make any money by letting your average person make apps for the PSP. Sony is a business. If they can't make any money, they probably won't do it.

Contradicting yourself there? Or are you just saying they wont put the effort into making it possible as opposed to trying to stop it since homebrew could cut into profits?

SwordOfWar's Avatar
#9 - SwordOfWar - 247w ago
Do you people really not see the big picture?

Sony couldn't care less about HomeBrew as far as running your own applications. The main thing they are concerned over is the use of unlocked systems to play pirated games.

If they released an SDK to develop our own applications, it would probably make the system more vulnerable, allowing other methods to pirate software.

I seriously doubt they will open the PSP to allow anyone to develop applications for it. Only approved APPS through Sony are going to get released. It is the only way to secure the system and control it from being used to pirate more software.

Consider the fact that Sony would not make any money by letting your average person make apps for the PSP. Sony is a business. If they can't make any money, they probably won't do it.

Lets face it, the PSP was never designed to run third party applications to begin with (other than games, which is still limited to developers, and must pass through Sony).

If you really want APPS, get the new Motorolla DROID (or you could get an iphone on the horrible ATT network, which makes it kinda useless...)...

thulsa18's Avatar
#8 - thulsa18 - 247w ago
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.

ZigZag001's Avatar
#7 - ZigZag001 - 247w ago
come on sony, just release a SDK and a way to distribute our apps.

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