Warning to future PSP developers: you’re days are numbered. It seems that Sony is no longer going to be supplying PSP dev kits for anyone seeking them after a certain date. So, if you’re a new developer hoping to make your big break by creating the next great game on Sony’s handheld, work fast because you will only be able to get your hands on development tools for about a month.
Could this be a hint towards the future of the console? Could this be Sony working towards getting the PSP2 into developer’s hands?
It might not be the nail in the PSP’s coffin but it certainly shows signs of Sony trying to urge development for the PSP2. Older dev kits and loaners will still be available to new developers but those that were currently being shipped out will no longer be available after November 15th. Touting the discontinuation as a result of an expired certificate, this could simply be Sony avoiding placing any money in a console they no longer see a future with. As most expect a PSP2 to compete with the 3DS, Sony could simply not want to put forth effort or money into keeping an aging console’s development going. There are a myriad of reasons as to why Sony has decided to make this move.
Going forward, one can only hope that the PSP2 is in Sony’s future. With the 3DS looming overhead it seems only appropriate that Sony make moves to compete. While they don’t want to reveal their hand so soon after Nintendo has leapt into the limelight, keeping secrets from the fans has never proven well. Sony may be able to keep certain things under wraps but when it comes to the fans they will always find a way. Hopefully soon, Sony will come clean and reveal the powerful PSP2 to the world.
What do you think Sony is doing by discontinuing PSP dev kits? Is it them saving money or are they trying to push for PSP2 development? And most importantly, can it compete with Nintendo's 3DS?