While it’s become somewhat chic, if not strategic, to bitch and moan about Apple’s app store policies, it might be a good idea to take a step back and see how Sony is planning to do things with its upcoming PSP Go device. All PSP games submitted for Sony’s upcoming portable gaming device will be required to pass Sony’s “formal console-centric” Technical Requirement Check (TRC). And at the very least each app must also undergo a two week “quality assurance testing period.”
But wait, there’s more!
Sony will reportedly also “actively control the release schedule for games.”
And you know what, call me crazy, but I don’t think that Sony is so far off base here, even though it does put Apple’s actions in a more favorable light – even more so when you consider the sheer volume of app submissions Apple has to deal with on a daily basis.
But in any event, what’s so wrong with making sure that apps function as necessary on your own hardware? Since when did taking time to do quality assurance testing become a bad thing? Since when did a 3 week wait to get onto an online app store signify that the apocalypse was upon us? Regarding Apple, it’s obviously made some missteps along the way, and its acceptance/rejection policies sometimes seem completely random and contradictory, but with a pool over well over 73,000 apps, I’d say that it’s doing a relatively decent job. And besides, just imagine if Sony was receiving that volume of app submissions, then you’d really have something to complain about.