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Sony Stresses Continued Focus On PSP

Sony always keeps a close eye on their platforms, but according to GamesIndustry.biz, they have admitted they need to focus more on their sleek little portable machine. It's not really about the third-party devs - many of the game's top pieces of software have come from third-party teams - but it's more about Sony stepping up in two areas: 1. fix the PSP in the company's cross-hairs more often, and 2. actively pursue third-party developers on a more frequent basis.

Here's what SCEE vice-president Zeno Colaco had to say on the matter:

"We need to revitalize the developer community to get behind the PSP. One of the issues when you rely on a business model that relies 25% on games from Sony and 75% from other publishers is that if they start to refocus, you cant recover that space because you dont have the internal capacity, so weve probably suffered from that."

Let's not forget that one of the handheld's top developers, Ready at Dawn (God of War: Chains of Olympus, Daxter), has already left the PSP and moved on, leaving quite a big void. Colaco says developers should try to make "quicker, cheaper games" for the PSP, and that in the future, more developers will flock to the handheld after more PS3/PSN connectivity has been established. It's a great option for any developer, and more features should be added in the next few years. In the meantime, it does seem as if the PSP is selling much better in all major regions, and Sony simply needs to pay attention and keep the momentum going.

6/24/2008 Ben Dutka

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Jed
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 @ 11:42:13 PM
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"Quicker, cheaper games" are not exactly what gamers hope for.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 12:55:34 AM

Maybe not avid gamers, but most will say the casual gaming crowd outnumbers the hardcore by at least a 4:1 ratio.

...hence, quicker and cheaper games sell. And software that sells, regardless of what it is, helps.

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AscientDire
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 7:27:46 AM
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I have yet to pick up a PSP, but I will say that due to some quality games that have come out recently and the increased connectivity to the PS3 it is definitely on my "to buy" list for the summer.

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Mystearica
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 8:30:54 AM
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Well cheaper and quicker games kinda sounds bleh to me... but if it's cheap enough (given they are "quick" games) then I may consider this.

However, Ben makes a great point with the casual vs hardcore gamer (Just think of the Wii... mainly supported by the casual gamer - not saying there aren't hardcore gamers playing the Wii).

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Deleted User
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 8:42:12 AM
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Why do they even make 3d party games on PSP? Why would you buy a Spiderman 3 game for PSP when it's out for PS2 and PS3? Think about it. The PSP needs to focus on exclusives. Chains of Olympus can only last for so long (READ: 5 hours).

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 9:49:54 AM
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PSP needs more software!

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rjmacready
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @ 5:21:23 PM
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PSP needs a Resident Evil! :)

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Daedusian
Thursday, June 26, 2008 @ 1:29:20 AM
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Well, they need to decide what they are going to do. If it's going to be "quicker, cheaper games" then I'm just going to have to trade my PSP and all my games in. I'm not a casual gamer at all (I don't particularly find the Wii all that appealing or the DS... I don't like to cook on a regularly basis nor do I want to experience that in a game) but if casual gamers do outnumber hardcore gamers that much, then so be it. However I am looking forward to the PSP GPS and once in a great while we get some great exclusives! So there's hope!

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