195w ago - It's been both rumored and in development for quite some time, and now Develop-Online.net has confirmed that Sony's PS3 and PSP are indeed getting a 'skinny' PSN applications store.
Dubbed skinny, the SDK tool is a simple yet effective means for content holders to put their intellectual property on the PlayStation platforms without software development.
Skinny consists of an authoring tool and a native client runtime for PS3 and PSP developers.
To quote: "Skinny is "ideal" for "strategy guides, game maps, cheats, training manuals, episodic videos, eBooks and eMagazines" and consists of a web-based editor/authouring tool and a software client for both the PS3 and PSP.
The user creations still require submission to Sony for approval, but this will quickly pave the way for lots of mini-apps on the PlayStation Store."
230w ago - SCEE's head of developer relations, Zeno Colaço, has confirmed rumors that a new section of the PS Store that focuses on "snackable" games and applications for the PSP in on the way, to tackle the threat posed by Apple's fast-growing App Store.
To quote: "We're introducing new initiatives for the PSP which take it beyond traditional gaming, but still includes elements from gaming, and also includes new developers," said Colaço, confirming Sony has over 50 studios already working on games and apps for the new initiative.
These are to be sold via a new, "specially branded" area of the PS Store for the PSP and PSP Go, according to Develop.
"It is still a professional environment, you still need a development kit and you still need to have investment and a team," he told the site." But it can be a small team. We don't see any of the restrictions on the disc-based space being in this space."
Users can expect "snackable" games as small as 20MBs in size, he teases.