How To Destroy A Useful Platform: Fight With The Developers Who Make It Useful
from the bad,-bad-ideas dept
A few months ago we wrote about Sony’s damaging decision to try to block out developers from hacking the PSP in order to add more useful features to it. How hard is it, honestly, for a company like Sony to look back at any recent computing history and realize that becoming “the platform” is a guaranteed way to be a huge success. These independent developers/hackers are making their platform much more valuable. With that in mind, the absolute worst thing that Sony should want to hear are people pointing out that Sony is fighting against developers in a constant back and forth over the hackability of the PSP. What that suggests is that Sony is actively trying to make their platform less useful. And we thought Sony had learned its lesson from years of similar mistakes. Sure, the PSP has been selling well (though, perhaps not as well as they’d like you to believe) but there’s still plenty of competition on the way. Letting developers and hackers add more value to the platform should be encouraged. It’s free labor making their product more enticing. Yet, it seems they positively hate that idea.