PSP homebrew scene loses lead firmware developer

sony_psp.jpg It looks like Dark_AleX is quitting the homebrew scene and 3.50 OE firmware will be his last release. He cites that the time it takes is pretty hefty and he seems to be concerned that there will be consequences to pay if he continues on due to Sony’s lash out at PS3 hackers.
This is unfortunate that Sony doesn’t welcome homebrew with open arms. As we’ve seen, this is one thing that both Microsoft and Nintendo are actively pursuing in limited fashion. Microsoft with the XBA development and Nintendo with the WiiWare. When will Sony see that they have a more mature environment to tap into before their competitors take over those niche markets?