This week Sony Network Entertainment team introduced a new indie game area to the PlayStation Store called Indie Games. This is an exciting space where indie content can receive additional exposure. It’s an opportunity to showcase the best of these great games for PS3 and PS Vita – and for this to be constantly refreshed with the latest releases and promotions. It’s the first and best place to go for indie content (though of course content can still be found through the normal channels too).
So, check out the new Indie Game area on the store – where you can download everything from the very best of indie developers. To celebrate the launch, you can pick up a copy of one of our favourite independent games, Retro City Rampage by the talented Brian Provinciano of VBlank Entertainment Inc. at a 50% discount.
Last month, Retro City Rampage well exceeded the 100K units SOLD mark. Now it's time for a sale! It's 50% OFF on PC/Steam and PS3/PS Vita (both SCEA and SCEE) from May 7th to May 21st, worldwide. In case you missed it, we got a chance on reviewing Retro City Rampage and you can find it by clicking here.
The PSN Indie Games section doesn't remove indie games from the rest of the store. They're still listed alongside AAA games, still promoted on other tabs including the main "Games" one. It's simply an additional category which gives players more of a chance to notice them. This is not at all like Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
XBLIG games are created in Microsoft XNA Game Studio and can only run on Microsoft platforms. They cannot be written in C++, the language that 99% of commercial games use and cannot have direct access to the hardware or its capabilities. They cannot achieve the performance which native games can. They do not go through certification, nor pass through any kind of approval other than that of some fellow XNA developers. Indie Games on PSN are full commercial releases which have been rated by the ESRB/PEGI, gone through certification and are released via incorporated/LLC companies.
Source: Playstation Blog