PSP Minis Documents Leaked: Sony Learning From Apple's Mistakes

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Pocket Gamer have got their hands on some developer documents for Sony's PSP Minis program, which reveal that - in one key area at least - lessons have been learned from the way Apple have done business on the iPhone.

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While Apple's App Store has been lauded for its variety and scope, it's often criticised for the way in which applications are approved for sale, a process which is neither transparent or consistent.

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This means some content that violates other people's IP can make it onto the App Store while others do not. Or some games that contain offensive material are cleared while others, seemingly more innocent, are refused.

Sony's PSP Minis program will differ from this in that it will remove the "requirement for content approval", meaning games only need to be tested to see if they work, not if they're somehow suitable.

Which is how it should be! It's the developer's place to decide what's suitable (and face the music if its not), and it's the market's place to decide whether they want to buy it or not. The platform holder, well, they should just be allowed to get on and provide the hardware.

Sony's PSP Minis confidential approval document leaks onto web [Pocket Gamer]

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I wonder if they'll implement a content rating system, though. Even if they allow all content, it would be nice to be able to see what is rated for which kind of audience.

Despite the self-regulating nature of this system, some form of a standard rating would be a good idea.

That said, at least Sony's moving in the right direction with this service. It should be great for indies looking to release their games easily. So long as they don't mind the €1200 price of the dev kit, that is.