Does PS3 need it’s own “App Store”?
Apple iPhone’s application store is notorious. Every other smart phone vendor either has an app store or has public plans to launch such a store.
The core idea is simple: a centralized hub for a diverse selection of third-party developed applications for all kinds of niche uses.
Obviously, the PS3 has a store, but it’s only for games and video content and only features Sony sanctioned content.
Imagine all kinds of custom apps that could be offered.
- Integration with non-Sony music stores such as iTunes and Amazon.
- Integration with non-Sony video stores such as Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix.
- Media hub enhancements. DVD ripping, better codec support
- Native IM and telephony clients.
- Custom web browser based on Firefox or WebKit
- Native clients to access Zoho or Google Docs, so it’s more practical to do cloud word processing or spreadsheet work with a USB keyboard + mouse.
- Photo editor, high quality text editor, and other staple PC apps that could make the PS3 a more capable web PC.
So what do you think? Great idea? Would Sony ever do this or would this jeopardize Sony control over the platform?