Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the expansion of the “Official License Program” to peripheral manufacturers in Japan, Asia, North America and Europe/ PAL territories to further enhance the PlayStation peripheral and accessory line-ups and offer richer entertainment experience on the PlayStation platform.
The OLP logo
By entering into a license agreement with SCE through this program, peripheral and accessory manufacturers will gain access to technical documentations necessary for designing and creating variety of licensed products for PlayStation platforms including PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Furthermore, SCE will provide “Official Licensed Product logo” to be used on product packages, proving that the peripherals and accessories have been designed for each respective PlayStation platform, qualifying SCE standards and requirements. Further details on the “Official License Program” are available on the official site (http://www.scei.co.jp/olp/index_e.html).
So you are all looking at us like what does this mean to me right? This is actually a very important deal because it now shifts the responsibility for creating accessories and such from Sony to third party vendors. This should now cause a surge in the amount of available third party accessories such as controllers and headsets to name a few. This could allow for cheaper controllers, but you wouldn’t have to worry about if it will work properly because it will have that Sony Official Licensed Product logo approval behind it. Companies like MadCatz should have a head start in the area of controllers, basically just adjustingtheir current specs to the Sony ones and that should let them see a big boost in sales of their products.
The bottom line is that this should be good for gamers, more manufacturers means more products which means lower prices for us. Whether that happens will we have to see but we can keep our fingers crossed.