Wishlist: Public PSN Web Service APIs
I’d like Sony to make public web service APIs available:
- Play time data broken down by game, date, and geographic region. In other words, people should be able to write applications that could query the number of hours played for game X, in month Y, in US (or Japan or Europe).
- PSN Demo Download and Purchase Stats broken down by game, date, and geographic region.
- Secure access to user stats: playtime by game, trophy data, etc. This should require authentication so that people can query their own data but not data on other people.
- Game Specific data: Specifically, I’d love to be able to query data about LittleBigPlanet levels. It looks like this data is already available via screen scraping on LittleBigWorkshop, but it would be nice if there was a cleaner and more comrehensive API to access this data.
Not only would these features be really cool for users and techie programmer types, but this would benefit Sony by building the PSN community. Numerous user maintained and user promoted web sites would spring up around this and that would certainly drive interest in PSN overall.
Why wouldn’t Sony do this? Would data-sensitivity issues prevent Sony from doing something like this? Does Sony just not “get” this kind of thing? Or maybe this just isn’t as great an idea as I think it would be?