Sony is determined to distinguish the games available through its PlayStation Mobile platform from the somewhat variable quality often found on mobile app stores – and now it’s outlined just how it plans to do that.
The Google Play store might have a huge amount of games on it nowadays, but even the most ardent Android fan would have to admit that the quality isn’t always that great. One you set aside the top-notch titles like GTA 3 and Angry Birds, it isn’t long before you run into derivative clones and crapware. Sony is determined that the same won’t be true when its PlayStation Mobile suite finally hits Android and the PlayStation Vita and has decided to do something about it.
Sony’s Jim Ryan said that the company is taking steps to ensure that, “anything that is offered on this platform is of proper PlayStation quality and that people feel comfortable and safe that they are not going to inadvertently stumble upon any of the junk that exists in that wider marketplace.” This sounds like a tall order, but Sony is able to restrict the developers who are allowed on the PlayStation Mobile store, which is currently in an open beta for developers to try out.
Rather than get heavy right away though, Sony is hoping a more softly softly approach will work. “The dev kit is available to anyone who is interested in looking at it but we are actively evangelising in all sorts of ways to get the sort of content we want there for the launch,” said Ryan.
It seems like a good idea, but we do hope that Sony’s desire to ensure quality doesn’t lead it into accidentally squashing innovation. Some of the best ideas might seem a little out there at first glance and take time to bed in.