Sony has revealed that it is backing a ten-year plan for its PSP console – with networking playing a key role in its futute.
The firm believes that it needs to ‘revitalise' the development community to get behind creating games for PSP in order to make it fulfil its potential.
Zeno Colaco, VP of publisher and developer relations for Sony Europe told Pocket Gamer:
We definitely have the ambition for it to feature very strongly in the future, both on its own and also complimentary to PlayStation Network environment and the PS3. But we'll have to wait a while before we can fully reveal the direction we're going in. Ten years is certainly the long-term plan though.”
We need to revitalise the developer community to get behind PSP.
For example, it's easy to make a DS-type game for a PSP game in terms of cost and speed of development and we will be looking to do encourage that as we continue to develop the PSP. I'm not just talking about the hardware but the services and the business models and the support, too.
Our sales for PSP is over 37 million units, which is huge, particularly when you take into account the level of third-party sales there are for PSP compared to DS.
So from my perspective, what's important is we continue to tell publishers and developers that there's an opportunity to make money on PSP, which is something that will become apparent over the next two years as the network services are developed.”
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