Sony: In-Home Game Launching The Developer's Responsibility
Sometimes, it helps to get your information correct. For those who wish to blame Sony for the lack of games that support in-Home launching, bear in mind that it's up to the developers.
Ever since PlayStation Home launched in December of last year, one of its most appealing attributes was the ability to launch multiplayer games from directly within the application. Full capability didn't actually arrive until a few months ago, but since then, everyone has been asking when more games will start supporting this nifty feature. Well, according to the North American Home Manager, known as Locust_Star to the PlayStation Community, this is entirely in a developer's hands. As he said on the PlayStation Blog:
"We’ve built the game launching feature in on our end. It is up to the developers of these titles to implement on their end. If you want to encourage a developer to patch their title to support game launching in Home, we fully encourage you to email them, leave a message on their forums/blogs, etc."
In other words, the responsibility kinda falls to the gamer and the game designer; Sony has provided us with the opportunity, and we need to take advantage. Sony certainly can't force developers to allow in-Home launching for every game they make, so if we want it, we gotta ask for it. The more popular it becomes, the more developers will opt to utilize the feature and then this won't be an issue any longer. But like we said at the start, just be sure who you're accusing...
7/22/2009 John Shepard