Dennis “Thresh” Fong the CEO of Raptr has spoken out about the differences between the mentality of Sony and Microsoft when it comes to sharing information, something Raptr relies on to provide it’s 18 million members with a one stop location for their PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Steam Trophies and Achievements.
Microsoft as a whole tends to be more open, likely as a result of its history in the PC platform. Microsoft also provides Raptr with direct feeds of data to help them streamline the integration of Xbox Live information into the service.
“PlayStation on the other hand, has been very, very closed, almost to the point of ignorance, in terms of trying to control every little thing that goes through PlayStation and what their users see,” Fong said. “So getting them to release any kind of data, user profile data and such, has been a lot like pulling teeth.”
Fong in part put this difference down to a different Internet culture that Japan has compared to the rest of the world, describing it as being “less open, more controlling.”