Sony targets Apple Apps with PSP Go!

June 26, 2009

http://www.gadgetlite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/psp_go_video_nytimes.jpgSony unveiled the super compact PSP Go! during E3 earlier this month. The new PSP Go! will rely completely on downloads, which is actually fairly progressive when compared to what Sony has traditionally done and what’s out on the market. It seems like one of the reasons why Sony went this route was to target the Apple iTunes App Store with the PSP Go!

According to CNET (via Kotaku), Sony’s Al De Leon indicated that even though most of the apps available from the PSN Store will be games, there will be some non-gaming applications available. He also pointed out Sony announced a whopping 80 percent price drop of the development tools to spur this kind of interest.

I am hoping for the development community to start cranking out bite-sized games and applications for the PSN Store like the Apple iTunes App Store. Despite lacking a touchscreen, the PSP Go! has one advantage over the iPhone, its built for games. Developers should have a much easier time taking advantage of the PSP Go! for game development than the iPhone.

Another huge advantage the PSP Store will have over the iTunes store is the video store. Sony announced plans to expand the video store on to the PSP Store so gamers can now download movies from one of the largest digital movie distribution stores onto their PSP anywhere there is a Wi-Fi hotspot.

As Kotaku pointed out, Sony has released some non-gaming apps for the PSP in the past such as a translator and a street guide. There is even a GPS app out in Japan, but unfortunately it never made its way overseas. Focusing more on building up the PSP Store just might be what Sony needs to propel the PSP Go! to the next level.

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40 Responses to “Sony targets Apple Apps with PSP Go!”

  1. Andrew_DS:

    I really hate to say this but I actually like the pspiss go. This is what it should have been like in the first place. The original was too bit and was destined to be an Atari Lynx. If the original pspiss had been like this maybe it wouldn’t be the failure it is*

    (* Disclaimer, failure compared to the DS)

  2. Zoar:

    Andrew_DS: How old are you? No, really, how old are you?

  3. Knighthawk:

    I say about 14! Meh, maybe that’s giving him too much credit!

  4. harry sachz:

    hahaha Andrew. I remember the Lynx, vaguely. Seems like you ruffled some feathers in the process, nice work!

  5. Andrew_DS:

    Arrggghhhha ha ha ha ha.

    On another note. Why do people think that if something is colored white, its to compete with Apple? Do Hotpoint make white washing machines to compete with Apple? Is notepad paper white to compete with Apple. Are my semi white/semi brown underpants designed to semi compete with Apple?

  6. Andrew_DS:

    I know Harry. Jeez. Everybody here makes some derogatory comments about each of the consoles. But take it to a new low and make it a bit more childish and all the sony fan girls start to Boo. Ha ha.

  7. Andrew_DS:

    I don’t believe I am defending sony again but to say that sony are being “progressive” by only allowing downloads is a bit much. Come on Mike. They are the pioneers of format forcing (UMD, minidisc & Blu ray).

    I know they have a bashing about blu ray (mainly from 360 and Wii owners) but they are forward thing like that and sometimes they win and sometimes the lose. And like you point out, they are not exactly going out on a limb as other products work in the same way (you mentioned iPod).

    Not sure if the pspiss Go will rely on download or if there will be a way of getting UMD games onto memory card or not, so maybe it is pioneering in the fact you may HAVE to have an internet connection to buy games!

  8. CAD:

    So Michael Jackson has died. This is so sad. I grew up listening to this dude. We would sing the songs and try to do the dance moves. I even enjoyed the Michael Jackson Thriller Video Game. I use to love making the zombies dance. All Nintendo has to do know is re-release the game on Wii-ware and it’s over for Microsoft and Sony.

  9. Roca.:

    Andrew: “so maybe it is pioneering in the fact you may HAVE to have an internet connection to buy games!”

    This kid is the biggest idiot on earth. seriously.

    not too long again u were saying that Bluray is a Failure and the M$ is going to go for Digital Distribution? and making it seen like DD was the next big thing for M$…right ?

    NOW DO YOU EXPECTO TO DOWNLOAD YOUR GAMES WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS? or even WITHOUT PAY $50/year to M$?

    Can you elaborate on how the PSP is a Failure?

  10. Andrew_DS:

    I havn’t come accross well there Roca. I am actually trying (not very well it seems) to defend sony and them dropping UMD against Mike here. I think it is a good move.

    What I was trying to refer to was Mike saying it was progressive for sony, as opposed to what they traditionally do. I think they are actually progressive in the the format they choose. Like I said. I know blu ray has come in for some stick but hats off to sony for trying blu ray and not sticking with DVD. And like wise with DVD and ps2.

  11. Akaro:

    I have always prefered to have the game physically otherwise I would fear losing my content. In my opinion, it could have used memory cards for the games but perhaps I´m being a bit archaic.

    On the good side Sony has hardware reliability.

    Andrew: Are you OK?

    Did you… defend… Sony…?

    If you excuse me I´m gonna check if Gianna Michaels is at my door, cause now everything seems possible.

  12. Andrew_DS:

    Akora. I can be balanced on occasion. Only if I have had my breakfast cereal though.

    I agree. I prefer to actually hold the product in my hand. Be it a CD a movie or a game. The tide is turning though and media days may (may) be numbered.

    The older generation (60+) will find it the hardest. Also it will make Xmas pressies a bit naff getting a bit of paper saying you have had a download paid for instead of opening a game or what ever.

    And if Gianna Michaels is at the door can I join you both for a BBQ. The weather is fine and I fancy a spit roast.

  13. Akaro:

    CAD:

    I am shocked too. Nowadays, few (and I mean FEW) people have the same musical talent he had if ever.

    The saddest thing to me is that he couldn´t make that last World Tour.

  14. Barnabe Jones:

    OK, so I started doing some quests in Monster Hunter…. holy molly that game is freakin’ hard. I’m struggling with the one star quests. I can’t imagine what the 2G quests are like. Still it’s a pretty cool game.

  15. Andrew_DS:

    It is a shame that sony didn’t put a touch screen, 5mp camera AND a phone in the new pspiss Go. That would have been a good bit of kit.

    Which Monster Hunter are you playing?

  16. CAD:

    Akaro

    Yes this is very true. To honour the dude I turned my Avtar into Michael Jackson and mad it say “Who’s Badd”.

  17. Barnabe Jones:

    Freedom Unite.

    Also given how popular games are on PSN, XBL, and Wiiware, I don’t see a difference between buying a game online and playing it on your console vs a handheld. It’s exactly the same thing.

  18. Barnabe Jones:

    CAD – I’m concerned for his kids. Weather you think he is innocent or guilty, there is no way those kids have had a healthy, normal upbringing.

  19. CAD:

    Well I can’t speak on that issue. I don’t even know if it is an issue. But if your going to think like that about Michael Jacksons Kids then you might as well extend that to the rest of Hollywoods celebrities. But really how cool would it really have been to live at the Netherland Ranch. He had children there all the time. I’m sure that these kids are not as bad off as you think.

  20. Arvis:

    “Netherland Ranch?”

    I’m picturing something out of Oblivion…

    -Arvis

  21. Akaro:

    Andrew:
    She wasn´t… I guess I have to wish harder.

    Wish.

    Harder.

    CAD:
    XD Nice.
    I´ve got an anthology album of MJ. Time to remember him for what he did best.

  22. CON:

    I heard earlier in the news that Michael Jackson died of a heart attack but now it’s been revealed that he was actually found in the childrens ward having a stoke!

  23. CON:

    I also heard that mcdonalds are bringing out a new burger in his honour with 50 year old meat placed between 10 year old buns………….oh that’s bad…..you know it!

  24. CON:

    *stroke*

  25. lock_down:

    Having a stoke is worse…

  26. CarlB:

    Moonwalker on Genesis was pretty fun… man that was a long time ago… here’s a link to take everybody’s mind off of their “pain” and “cheer” everybody up:

    “Grudge Match: 360 v. PS3 Roleplaying Games
    Has Microsoft unseated Sony as king of the RPG?”
    xbox360.ign.com/articles/998/998401p1.html

    Even stating the obvious they will still catch a lot of grief from PS3 fans… I can imagine them saying things like… “but just look at all the (3) PS1 RPG games from 12 years ago you can play on it!!!” or… “but we’re getting Vs and IV and White Knight!!!”(sometime in the future, which could be anytime considering Sony, and (for Vs and IV) on multiple consoles considering Square).

  27. SW:

    CAD – That sounds alot like moon walker, ill have to look it up!

    As for MJ, was I shocked, yes and no (did anyone here REALLY expect him to die an old man?), but really, last month over 200 people died on an airliner, a week ago a US missle strike killed over 30 people(I would presume they were ‘bad’ but who knows), today an untold number of people have died from who knows what. He was just a man.

  28. CarlB:

    Thriller video free on XBL… weird seeing it again after all these years… still fun though.

  29. Spideydog:

    “I really hate to say this but I actually like the pspiss go. This is what it should have been like in the first place. The original was too bit and was destined to be an Atari Lynx. If the original pspiss had been like this maybe it wouldn’t be the failure it is*

    (* Disclaimer, failure compared to the DS)”

    I see nothing wrong with Andrew_ds comment ?? Actually, I would almost agree with him !!

  30. CarlB:

    With a price point like that it’s still destined to be an Atari Lynx. Hopefully GameStop or somebody can give us a similar deal on it like they did the DS, only I might be a little hesitant to trade in my PSP 2000 for one that doesn’t play the UMD’s I have…

  31. CAD:

    Oh Sorry I meant to say Moonwalker. It was on the Genises? I could have sworn it was on Nintendo.

  32. harry sachz:

    @ Spidey,

    “I see nothing wrong with Andrew_ds comment ?? Actually, I would almost agree with him !!”

    It’s because he’s been shitlisted by a few people here because he made them cry, i.e roca_psp, oldschool etc.

  33. Andrew_DS:

    Ha ha ha. Nice one Harry.

    I thought I would throw that one in the mix to make the sony bum club think I actually have the occasional balanced un-biased opinion. Fools

  34. Roca.:

    haha…it had potential but Failed to impress

    Mayb next time bro.

  35. Barnabe Jones:

    (* Disclaimer, failure compared to the DS) – is the qualifying statement. The PSP’s install base is larger than the 360s, so it is a pretty stupid comment nonetheless.

  36. Spideydog:

    LOL

  37. Spideydog:

    @Harry
    The olde Sh%^T stirring spoon reigns again.

  38. Roca.:

    ^^^ (* Disclaimer, failure compared to the DS) – is the qualifying statement. The PSP’s install base is larger than the 360s, so it is a pretty stupid comment nonetheless.

    the infamous All-Star team of CAD, Harry, Happy, Kev and Andrew usually say stuff that make them look stupid once ppl find out the real info.

  39. lock_down:

    Come on, you can’t compare the PSP to the 360.

    Both have solid games, but they’re incomparable as platforms, not least from a sales point.

  40. Roca.:

    Come on, you can’t compare the PSP to the 360.

    Both have solid games, but they’re incomparable as platforms, not least from a sales point.

    as it is the case of the Wii vs PS3/360.

    the Wii has its audience, a different playstyle, and its targeting different ppl.

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