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Ask Sony's Phil Harrison About PS3 and Games

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the everybody-be-cool dept.

PlayStation (Games) 472

During GDC Sony made an effort to answer questions directly from the gaming community, taking steps to put aside the problems of the past several months. Today, we have a chance to take another step in the right direction with the company. Phil Harrison, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, has been the face of the PlayStation 3 here in the United States since before the machine launched. He's agreed to answer questions from the Slashdot community about the PlayStation 3, the console since launch, and their recent announcements about LittleBigPlanet and Home. I've linked a trio of other interviews he's done recently below, to give you an idea of topics that he's already covered. I'm sure there are plenty of questions we might ask that have yet to be put forward in a public forum. So - feel free to ask away. One question per comment, please, and keep in mind that Mr. Harrison is here to answer questions about the PS3 and games only; any other Sony-related questions are outside the scope of this interview. The highest-rated comments will be passed on, and we'll post his answers as soon as we get them.

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Poll Troll Toll (1)

PollTroll (764214) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404005)

I just have to ask the question, and I think I speak for the entire slashdot community as well.

What's better...

PS3 []
Sex with a mare []

Sales (2, Interesting)

wframe9109 (899486) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404007)

The NPD numbers for the PS3 have not been terribly impressive. Do you have any plans for improving these numbers, apart from staying the course?

In relation, price (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404075)

I'll be more specific -- is Sony willing to lower the price as an incentive to increase the number of units sold?

One simple question... (3, Insightful)

heauxmeaux (869966) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404009)

Would you eat the moon if it was made of BBQ Spareribs?

Retaining PS3 Exclusives (5, Interesting)

Sciros (986030) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404061)

With a number of previously-PS3-exclusive titles having gone multiplatform, are there any efforts to prevent this from occurring further, or is it of little concern to SCE? That is, should we expect to see more PS3-exclusives go multiplatform?

Re:Retaining PS3 Exclusives (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404447)

That is hilarious!

These 'numerous' games are...

Oh fanboys...

Re:Retaining PS3 Exclusives (0, Troll)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404565)

You say "prevent this from occuring further" as if it's a bad thing. Bad to who?

-users of other consoles, who get to enjoy the game?
-the developers, who see their creation go to a wider audience?
-the distributor, who attains higher profit?

It is the highest degree of fanboy asshatism to want to deny other gamers something that "belongs" to "your system" because they committed the sin of not supporting it.

Reasons to Adopt: (0, Redundant)

wframe9109 (899486) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404065)

If I were interested in picking up a new console, for the sole purpose of gaming, and was deciding between the PS3, Wii, and XBox360, what incentives would I have to invest in the PS3?

Spare me the PR answer (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404507)

Here's their standard sales pitch:

1. Cell processor, capable of incredible graphics and physics simulations
2. Blu-Ray, so you can watch movies at 1080p and listen to their excellent surround
3. Backwards compatibility.

While none of these claims are false, they all come with some limitations:

1. The Cell processor is difficult to program for, so don't expect games to use it fully for at least a couple of years, if ever.
2. You need a 1080p tv and a mid-to-high-end surround receiver to get the full experience of Blu-Ray
3. BackComp - It's limited, but it's there.

Frankly, your question was rather soft and almost looks like an astroturf. You might as well have asked "Please praise your system and tell us how good it is." I have no idea how you're getting moderated up.

Are Sony and MSFT relevant? (4, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404071)

The wii's sales have been meteoric, despite the "superior technology" of the PS3 and XBox 360. My question is, have Sony and MSFT completely underestimated the penetration, and demand for, HDTV, and are you both feeling that now?

On a standard set Wii titles look better than the last gen, and offer an new, innovative, and most importantly fun experience. On a standard set, a PS3 is a $600 PS2, and a 360 is a $400 Xbox.

Also, wrt Live, Home, etc: do you really think gamers are so eager to install stores under our TVs?

Do you have any vision for the online experience, other than as a way to get my credit card number?

Under? (1)

Wooky_linuxer (685371) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404443)

Underestimated or Overestimated?

did you mean overestimated? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404463)

The 360 and the PS3 both support HDTV resolutions, the Wii does not.

Also, a random tidbit: the Wii does not support programmable pixel shaders... it's a fixed-function pipeline! Now I like my Wii very much, but PS3 and 360 both have vastly superior graphics technology.

Re:Are Sony and MSFT relevant? (1)

Troed (102527) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404491)

I was eagerly awaiting Tiger Woods 2007 for my Wii. My first thought when I started it was "oh shit that's ugly". Yes I love the controls (even though they're actually not that good!) - but the graphics are putting me off.

Yes, I have a huge screen. Yes, I have an Xbox 360 already (PS3 this Friday, being european). I still believe not including HDTV in the Wii will hurt it later on.

Re:Are Sony and MSFT relevant? (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404533)

Then it sounds like a shitty game. Graphics on the Wii don't *have* to look bad, and you admit yourself that the controls suck... so maybe they just did a bad job.

Re:Are Sony and MSFT relevant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404527)

Wii games for the most part look worse than GameCube games...

"Do you have any vision for the online experience, other than as a way to get my credit card number?"

You mean like how Sony provides free online gaming with dedicated servers?

You mean like how Sony provides demos and other things for free from their online store for PS3 owners?

Or how Sony is releasing a giant virtual world with Home that is free for all PS3 users?

Here's a free tip. If you want to get your questions answered don't come off as a clueless prick.

Re:Are Sony and MSFT relevant? (2, Informative)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404603)

If you dont have HDTV, XBox 360 games look just like XBox games, and PS3 games look just like PS2 games.

Nintendo came in at the (IMO) right price point of 250, with an innovative controller, and the promise of new and fun titles to play.

Sony and MSFT came along with.... support for a TV I don't own, and have no near-term plans to buy, and as-of-yet, nothing that piques my interest play-wise to the tune of 3/4 grand investment.

Re:Are Sony and MSFT relevant? (4, Insightful)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404593)

On a standard set, a PS3 is a $600 PS2, and a 360 is a $400 Xbox.
So only Nintendo games look better than their last-gen counterparts?

Also, wrt Live, Home, etc: do you really think gamers are so eager to install stores under our TVs?
After having downloaded a fully-featured Worms game for $8, and a fully-featured Tekken game for $20, I can say 100% that they at least should be.

I find it curious that you neglected to mention that Nintendo operates a service that does the exact same thing, though. In fact, Nintendo's online service is almost EXCLUSIVELY for buying things - at least Sony and Microsoft have online gaming.

Seriously? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404087)

Are you completely mental?

Cha-ching (5, Funny)

the_nightwulf (1003306) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404095)

Where do I sign up to get the $1200 per system sitting on the shelf in January that Jack Tretton promised?

mod parent up please (4, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404259)

It's high time we started holding companies accountable for the wild ramblings of their representatives.

Anyone who believes in fairness and honesty has a moral obligation not to purchase anything from Sony until many helpings of $1200 are released to many people out there. Which of course we know will never happen...

Re:Cha-ching (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404459)

Where do I sign up to get the $1200 per system sitting on the shelf in January that Jack Tretton promised?

Go to 1313 Mockingbird Lane and ask for grandpa, he'll help you out. Jack did not enter into any contract, oral or otherwise, you nimrods. Does TO owe you money because the Cowboys didn't make it to the Superbowl? There's still no PS3's on the shelves in my part of town, so the problem doesn't seem to be demand but rathe rpoor logistics. Sony/Best Buy/Walmart/whomever's not getting them where the real deman is, who cares if there's not enough demand in your backwater town and they've already sold to the 3 people earning more than $30k a year...

So just shut up about it already, the rest of Slashdot doesn't want to hear your whining...

mod up (5, Insightful)

Unit3 (10444) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404555)

I second the request to mod this up. I'd like a straight, non marketting response to the ridiculous showboating Sony's been doing lately. This remark especially emphasizes the idea that Sony thinks consumers are a bunch of morons.

Re:Cha-ching (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404627)

I agree! Let's hear a straightforward answer to that question. I would love to hear the BS that Phil comes up with to try and counter the BS that's already been laid out before us consumers.

What are sony's thoughts in regard to... (1, Offtopic)

bagboy (630125) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404105)

a total home multi-tainment center from the PS3? I'd like to see VOIP capability (with the ability to subscribe to any VOIP provider), Video-Conference capability (the same), possibly use external drive as DVR (with some sort of USB capture device), etc... I know the PS3 has the power to process the above, but will Sony support development of applications for the XMB to any tune of the above? There are just too many boxes in an entertainment center now. Certainly both Sony and the home user could benefit from the merge of the technologies.

Controllers (1)

Kelz (611260) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404111)

Are there any plans to start shipping PS3s with longer "charging" cables? That seems to be my biggest annoyance. And yes I realize I can go and get a longer USB cable ($30 for a 12' at the local best buy), but I kind of expected little things like that to not be such an annoyance for my $600.

Re:Controllers (5, Interesting)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404171)

Now there is a question I have. Why is it that it's the year 2007, the PS3 is a "High Definition" system, and costs $500-$600... yet still only includes the same composite video cables people have been using since the NES 22 years ago?

Re:Controllers (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404383)

Now there is a question I have. Why is it that it's the year 2007, the PS3 is a "High Definition" system, and costs $500-$600... yet still only includes the same composite video cables people have been using since the NES 22 years ago?

Because, well, they're on crack over there at Sony.

Here's what I think the deal is: Sony thinks that stamping the Sony name on a turd will make it sell, and what's more, make it sell more for the turd with the competitor's name on it. For the most part they're right, because people typically go with what they know. Regardless, this made Sony believe that since the PS1 and PS2 were the most popular consoles of their respective generations, that people would just automatically go out and buy a PS3.

Sony felt that people would do this more or less regardless of income. I personally think that the line of reasoning had something to do with the idea that since people go out and buy their kids this shit on credit to shut them up, that it didn't matter that it cost literally twice as much as the prior generation of console. Furthermore, they believed that they would do it regardless of whether they owned an HDTV.

This of course has not really been the case. PS3s are sitting on shelves while you can't find a Wii anywhere, in spite of the fact that the PS3 is probably several times as powerful as the Wii. And of course, the Xbox 360 is also outselling the PS3, in spite of the fact that it was out months ahead of Sony's offering.

The composite video cable is the modern lowest common denominator. It was formerly RF, so everything came with an RF switchbox. The NES has component video output, but it didn't come with a component video cable. It came with an RF switchbox, because they knew that people would have that connection available. A component video cable is cheaper, and everyone has that input on their TVs now (actually my TV doesn't, but it was free; any TV I would buy would have at least S-Video input, and these days I'd probably be looking for component) so they ship with that cable.

What I don't know is what percentage of PS3 owners have HDTVs. I suspect that it is higher than any other console, even the Xbox 360. But I haven't been able to find any stats yet.

Blu-Ray and availability (5, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404115)

The PS3 has three major problems as I see it; lack of software, price, and lack of availability. The latter two of these three issues have been blamed on the fact that the PS3's Blu-Ray drive requires an expensive and scarce blue laser.

Given the problems that seem to have come with Blu-Ray, does it still look like including the drive in the system was worth it? And if so, was it worth it for the PS3, for the Blu-Ray format, or for both? What steps are being taken to remedy the problems in price and availability?

Re:Blu-Ray and availability (2, Interesting)

Firefly1 (251590) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404567)

The PS3 has three major problems as I see it; lack of software, price, and lack of availability. The latter two of these three issues have been blamed on the fact that the PS3's Blu-Ray drive requires an expensive and scarce blue laser.
With respect to the first problem cited above: it is my understanding that a major disadvantage for the PS3 is the simple fact of its 'killer apps' - for example, MGS4 - not being available until this summer. Which brings me to my question:
Between this, and the manufacturing issues which were almost certainly known of well before launch, was there any consideration given to going for a 'Summer 2007' date?
This, I believe, would have had the following benefits:
  • there would have been time to hash out the manufacturing issues;
  • the aforesaid 'killer apps' would be available from the word go to help move the system; and
  • the launch might well have coincided with summer vacation - lots of students with plenty of time on their hands, and all that

Re:Blu-Ray and availability (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404577)

Availability doesn't seem like an issue now; it's still impossible to find a Wii here, but most stores are overstocked with PS3s.

Competing with XBox Live (5, Insightful)

MBCook (132727) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404121)

Do you really think you can compete with XBox Live?

Last generation, XBox Live really blew people away and has set the standard for console connectivity. It will be 6 years old this November. Microsoft seems to have learned from it and has enhanced it for the 360 (like achievement points), and will be introducing it for Windows. Nintendo, sadly, doesn't seem to have learned and will be using "friend codes" again on the Wii, with reports that each game will use different codes.

How well do you think your offering will be able to compete with XBox Live? While there is a price associated with XBL, making a service free doesn't make up for what may be lost. From what I know the PS3 doesn't seem to have the same focus and commitment that Microsoft has. And while some of your ideas are quite interesting (like the Home concept), I have to wonder if it will be seen as being as well developed and integrated as XBL is at this point.

Do you think you can beat XBL this generation, or do you think you might be relegated to playing catchup?

Re:Competing with XBox Live (1)

nuzak (959558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404193)

> Do you really think you can compete with XBox Live?

They bought XFire, and XFire does a VERY good job being the de-facto XBL for the PC game front. Assuming Sony doesn't fuck it up (resume -->here<-- once you've finished laughing), then yes, they have a good chance.

I predict Home will be a dud though.

Re:Competing with XBox Live (2, Informative)

sangreal66 (740295) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404241)

Sony did not buy XFire. XFire was purchased some time ago by Viacom/MTV

You are probably thinking of the rumor going around pre-PS3 launch that the PS3 was going to be using XFire for its online system. It turned out that it was just one game (Untold Legends) using it

Re:Competing with XBox Live (1)

nuzak (959558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404331)

Ah, I was duped by the rumor mill, sorry. That would explain the lack of any Sony branding on Xfire's site. Well, if Home is their offering, then well, it's going to be a problem. XBL is infrastructure. Home is an application.

Re:Competing with XBox Live (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404361)

Nintendo, sadly, doesn't seem to have learned and will be using "friend codes" again on the Wii, with reports that each game will use different codes.
They will be using friend codes, but Each Wii has a unique code (IIRC you can find it on the notice board), AFAIK it's not game by game as with the DS. You can already use it to let your Mii's "mingle" on other Wiis.

Re:Competing with XBox Live (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404405)

Tell us you were joking...right?

Microsoft, even being generous with their PR numbers, had less than 8 percent of the Xbox installed base willing to pay for online gaming. There were more people playing just one PS2 game, SOCOM, than all of Xbox online games combined last gen.

And now with the Xbox 360 Microsoft won't even give out actual paying customers for their online service. Now why might that be?

Microsoft is rapidly falling behind in the online gaming market.

1. Forcing gamers to pay for the privelege to play games online

2. No dedicated servers for games - p2p networking for games which is why Xbox online games are plagued with people complaining about lag

Until Microsoft can get those two basic elements that all gamers want they are going to remain an irrelevant niche. Every single PS3 owner with a network connection will be playing lagfree online games with dedicated servers for free this gen.

Forget about trying to come up with an answer to Sony's Home, that will take many years of development, Microsoft needs to wake up and get the basics right or they risk continuing to be a target of ridicule. Even diehard Xbox fans are asking themselves:

"What exactly are we paying 50 dollars a month for, which adds up to around 250 dollars added to the price of the Xbox 360 over five years, when we can't even get dedicated servers like Sony has for free?"

Gears of War - 8 players max - no dedicated servers - massive lag and server disconnect problems
Halo 3 - 16 players max - no dedicated servers

The Xbox 360 is selling at just below the original Xbox worldwide installed base numbers right now. Microsoft will never get out of that existing Xbox demographic market niche until they wake up and start trying to match Sony's free dedicated servers. And then move on to the big stuff like Home.

Re:Competing with XBox Live (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404643)

* There were more people playing SOCOM online on the PS2 last gen than all games across the entire Xbox online service - google if you don't believe it - TRUE

* Microsoft does charge 50 dollars a year - TRUE

* Xbox 360 games are all p2p with no dedicated servers - TRUE

* Xbox 360 owners complain about lag problems and server disconnects - just google for all the problems people have with games like Gears of War - TRUE

* Sony provides free online gaming - TRUE

* Sony provides dedicated servers - TRUE

* Gamers and reviews all talk about how there is no lag with PS3 games - TRUE

* The 360 is selling worse worldwide than the first Xbox - TRUE

* Gears of War does only have 8 players max with no dedicated servers - TRUE

* Halo 3 will only have 16 players max with no dedicated servers - TRUE

Sure doesn't sound like 360 owners have much to be bragging about.

20gB PS3. (3, Interesting)

!ramirez (106823) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404123)

Why is Best Buy discontinuing sales of the 20gB PS3?

Good enough for $600? (5, Interesting)

madsheep (984404) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404127)

Why should I shell out over $500.00 USD to purchase the PS3 when I can purchase an XBOX 360 and/or Nintendo Wii for the same price? Perhaps even buying the two of them and still paying the price of just the PS3. This is not meant to be a jab, just a legitimate questions.

Re:Good enough for $600? (1)

freshman_a (136603) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404437)

I see your point, but I don't know if you can compare the PS3 to the Wii. I own a Wii and it's hands-down one of my favorite systems ever, but I don't think the PS3 and Wii are aimed at the same types of people. With that steep PS3 price tag, you get a game system that is backwards compatible with almost all previous Sony titles (I know there are some issues, but for the most part you can play a very good majority of PS1 and PS2 titles on a PS3), DVD and Blu-Ray playback, HDTV capability, etc. The Wii is backwards compatible with one Nintendo system, the GameCube (you can download older games via the Virtual Console, but still have to pay for them even if you already own the carts), has no special disc player (as it stands right now, I can't even watch DVDs on it), no HDTV capability, etc. The Wii is a great gaming system, but I think Sony is wanting the PS3 to be more than just a gaming system. However, I paid just over $300 for the Wii, a game, and extra controller. I paid less and got few features. But I also wasn't looking for a lot of those features the PS3 offers.

I think the comparison you made between the XBox360 and PS3 stands as a valid point though.

When are we going to see a price drop? (5, Interesting)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404129)

I understand the strategy of never announcing price drops until they're imminent, but the PS3 is not even on many people's radar at the moment, because of the staggering price. The Neo Geo consumer hardware followed a similar price model. Are you even considering price drops on the PS3 hardware?

Ryan Fenton

Re:When are we going to see a price drop? (2, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404231)

This question has been answered time and again by Sony (answer: no) and by people here on slashdot to whom you should pay attention to. The answer is that if they are considering a price drop, or even if they aren't, the stupidest thing they could do would be to announce it. It will stop people from buying a PS3 until there is a price drop, whether they were planning one or not. In other words, if he says yes here, then they will be forced to drop the price in the VERY near future or sales will slow to a crawl, and you can ALREADY find a PS3 on the shelf all over the place. There's little or no motivation to announce a price drop until you make one, or until one of your competitors announces one - but even then you only announce it if you think it will hurt their sales more than yours.

Re:When are we going to see a price drop? (1)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404295)

Yes, and I noted that in my post. However, like a reporter asking an old question at a press conference - there is importance to forcing the question on something so important to the decisions of so many. The price is staggeringly high - he should hear that, and take that message, at least, back to his colleagues once again. I expect the canned response all the same.

Ryan Fenton

Re:When are we going to see a price drop? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404445)

But just like a reporter asking an old question at a press conference, Sony is going to ignore it, because they are so amazingly arrogant. I think that our ten questions would be better spent asking questions that might have new answers, or at least in asking the old questions in new ways that might provoke thought.

Re:When are we going to see a price drop? (1)

Itchyeyes (908311) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404561)

It seems to me like a lot of questions here pretty much boil down to "why should I buy a PS3" or "why aren't you doing this to make me buy a PS3". I agree with you and I wish that people would ask some deeper questions when given an opportunity like this.

Sprite based 2D games (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404155)

@Mr Phil Harrison

There is this old conviction amongst some that Sony's tried to kill sprite based 2D games and is reluctant to let them be published on Playstation consoles.

Is there any truth to this?

Does Sony have a "stance" against on sprite based 2D games on the PS3? Can a game like Odin Sphere be published on the PS3?

Linux PS3 3D games dev (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404165)

Is there a chance that the policy of restricting access to PS3 graphics hardware (via the hypervisor) could be revised to encourage us homebrew developers?

Re:Linux PS3 3D games dev (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404613)

Homebrew!!! This is Sony, the people who change the PSP firmware with every disk sold just to stop people doing useful things with homebrew onit.

Pricing (1)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404167)

The PS3 has come under a lot of fire for its price tag, especially in the UK where it is £425. Do you think that the price is fair considering the features that the PS3 offers (such as Blu-Ray) or do you think that the machine is, even only slightly, overpriced?

Re:Pricing (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404461)

in the UK where it is £425.
Just to be clear, that's ~$825. £60\week in rent isn't a bad price where I live, is a PS3 really worth almost 2 months rent?

I have to ask (5, Funny)

stim (732091) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404169)

When does the ps4 come out?

RSX and Cell development (5, Interesting)

maynard (3337) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404203)


Will Sony be offering up kernel patches and an RSX optimized OpenGL library for PS3/Linux?

role playing.. other than square (1)

GodInHell (258915) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404209)

Is Sony doing anything to promote the development of RPG games by companies other than Square - Enix?


Why is Sony treating europe like shit (1)

MemoryDragon (544441) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404229)

First, we are the last to get the region, secondly we are the ones who have to pay mist third, we do not even get the full hardware because the emulation is moved into software, and to the worse it isnt working to well according to first tests in the net. How do you think can Sony be able to keep its customer base here. And no we do not want to get second jobs...

Success of Bluray (2, Interesting)

Itchyeyes (908311) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404245)

While the PS3 has struggled against the Xbox 360 and the Wii in the gaming arena, its success with Bluray becomes more apparent every day. Sales of Bluray have quickly surged past those of HD-DVD with the PS3 receiving most of the credit. How will the PS3's success with Bluray impact those who want a system purely for games, specifically in terms of cost of ownership?

Re:Success of Bluray (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404537)

I got a follow-up to that. Was the lack of games on PS3 systems planned and aimed at increasing blue-ray sales? By the way I've bought a lot more blue-ray movies then I would have if some of the big games coming out in a few months had been out already.

Cost and Compability of European PS3 (1)

AnXa (936517) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404249)

I understand that if European PS3 had PS2 hardware backwards compability replaced with cheaper software emulation but I cannot understand that PS3 will cost _a lot more_ in Europe than what it costs in USA or Japan after that change. So why do we get actually less powerful console with bigger price tag? And please don't get started with that software emulation will do as good job we all know that it won't do as good job even after a two years of upgrades to the PS3 software.

Re:Cost and Compability of European PS3 (1)

challlen (642784) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404411)

I personally think Sony has the best record for emulators.
The prime example being the PS1 games on the PSP.

Homebrew (5, Insightful)

flitty (981864) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404277)

If someone manages to get homebrew games running on the PS3, will there be firmware updates to stop this kind of development, to protect your software developers, or is homebrew something you are planning on and even encouraging? How does this strategy differ from your strategy with PSP homebrew?

Re:Homebrew (3, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404549)

You can run homebrew games under linux on the PS3 today. You don't have full access to the hardware, but that doesn't change the fact.

No HDTV, Why Should I Get a PS3 (5, Interesting)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404283)

I was going to go with something snarky about the price of the PS3, but I've decided to instead make a more direct point.

I don't have an HDTV. As I understand it, the major selling point of the PS3 is its new HD graphics. I currently have no plans on getting an HDTV. So, sell me on why I should get a PS3 given that I have a 13" CRT TV. Would it still be worth it? Will I still be able to play all the same games that HDTV players can? Or will I have to suffer unreadable text or HUD elements that are too small to understand?

Or, can I hook up the PS3 output to my computer monitor using DVI? Right now I'm more willing to upgrade my computer monitor than my TV, so that might work for me, especially given that my TV is smaller than my computer monitor.

Honestly, the lack of an HDTV is the largest reason I'm uninterested in the PS3 right now. There are other reasons, of course, but I'm sure that they'll be brought up plenty of times by other trolls. Uh, I mean, other posters. :)

Re:No HDTV, Why Should I Get a PS3 (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404337)

At least get a small HD set. The wider screen aspect is great for things like Oblivion and other first person stuff.

Re:No HDTV, Why Should I Get a PS3 (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404385)

Even a small HD set seems really overpriced. You can get a 27 or 32 inch CRT for the price of most 15 inch high definition televisions. I find it hard to drop so much money on such a small screen. I don't care how good it looks. I've been looking for a nice small flat panel for my bedroom, and can't find anything to compete with the $100 15 inch CRT you can get. A similarly sized flat panel costs upwards of $400. You can get monitors for cheaper, but they don't have speakers or TV Tuners.

Re:No HDTV, Why Should I Get a PS3 (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404499)

You can get monitors for cheaper, but they don't have speakers or TV Tuners.

You can get a 15" flat panel monitor for $100, but not only does it lack a TV tuner (might or might not have some crap little speakers) but it also only goes up to 1024x768 resolution and will require a TV to VGA converter box to hook up an ordinary video source.

The highest resolution 15" panel I've ever seen is 1600x1200. There's one in my Thinkpad A21p. It's 133ppi, which is finer than you need for FMV. It's also not full-HD resolution...

Re:No HDTV, Why Should I Get a PS3 (1)

ucblockhead (63650) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404481)

Not great advice for people who have perfectly good LCD monitors already.

I have a 23" monitor that does 1920x1200. Not only does it seem like a waste to get a small HDTV, but I've got no place to put it.


SuperKendall (25149) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404529)

You can get HDMI to DVI converters, that will let the PS3 work with your LCD that you own.

Re:No HDTV, Why Should I Get a PS3 (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404651)

"Is there any reason to buy a PS3 if I don't also buy an HD tv set?"

"Buy an HD tv set, even a small one."

Which, to answer the first question directly, means "no".

Long Term (2, Interesting)

MeanderingMind (884641) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404287)

It has been stated many times that the PS3 is meant to last a full 10 years before being replaced with a new iteration of the Playstation brand. With the rate at which technology advances, how realistic is this plan?

While the adoption of HDTVs is on the rise, the current market penetration is still a small fraction. Many aren't inclined or perhaps capable of acquiring an HDTV, which is required for the full PS3 experience. What reason is there to choose the PS3 for an SDTV when the visual difference from the competition is negligible?

The PS3 is expensive, and at the same time is purportedly sold for less than it costs to make. Beyond the frequent debates over price drops and the formidable barrier $500-$600 presents to many gamers is a concern that the PS3 is ultimately doing more harm to Sony, specifically their bank accounts, than good. Is Sony prepared for the possibility that at the end of the console's lifetime, the PS3 will constitute a net loss?

All three systems are currently in a drought when it comes to top-class titles. Whoever pulls out of it first might gain significant momentum. Does Sony plan to try to capitalize on the situation, or do they feel it is better to let the games come out "when they're done"?

Many are concerned that while an interesting idea, Home will ultimately obfuscate the streamlined processes seen in other online services. How is Home addressing this concern?

Killzone made another appearance at the GDC, after having been mysteriously absent from E3 2006. Why is news for this title so rare, especially after having been so crucial to the presentation at E3 2005?

Those are my questions.

Re:Long Term (1)

MeanderingMind (884641) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404333)

Bah, leave it to me to completely miss the "One Question per Comment Please".

Blu-Ray (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404307)

Was there ever a point when you or anyone at Sony releasing a DVD based PS3 *and* a Blu-Ray based DVD instead of ones with different hard drives and other features?

Must have -exclusive- games, Where are they? (1)

Ethercircuit (1057996) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404323)

Where's Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider, Jet Moto, FF VII, Gran Turismo, aka the games that made me want to run out and buy a PSX?

Rumble (5, Interesting)

SuperCharlie (1068072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404329)

How long till there is a first party controller with "last-gen" rumble?

How do you plan to leverage Bluray? (1)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404343)

I want to know how you intend to get developers to leverage the storage space that Bluray provides. A lot of games today really suck up the space on a single DVD. For example, Gears of War is beautiful, but short because of that. Will Sony work toward getting developers to create games that really take advantage of all of that storage space to create say, a game as long as Final Fantasy 7, but that is as beautiful as Gears of War?

Oblig: Rootkit (5, Funny)

Qfour20 (181633) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404369)

How can I be certain that putting a PS3 on my home network won't cause a rootkit to be installed on the other devices?


Open Source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404375)

Out of the three "current-gen" consoles, it seems Sony is most friendly with the Open Source community, namely by allowing Linux to run on the PS3 and releasing open source drivers for the cell processor, Sony is encouraging OSS developers to embrace the Cell / Playstation platform and use it for a variety of purposes. Though it is mainly geared towards allowing researchers and such to use the system for scientific, mathematical, and other processor intensive purposes; it is not far fetched to expand its use for other purposes. Even though Sony makes money selling SDKs for gaming and other means which developers can use to access all of the hardware which the platform includes, Sony is losing much more money than it is making (high price, not enough demand, etc.) Is Sony considering opening up some of the 3D acceleration hardware and such to allow independent developers to fully use the platform to make games, media applications, and such? It is my personal opinion that doing so would not only allow Sony to reaquisition some of the "street cred" it lost in this whole experience, but we would also see some very innovative and unique games for the PS3, possibly reclaiming the title of "most innovative platform" from the Wii. Regardless, just interested in seeing if this was currently being considered by Sony.

Thank you and have a good day.

The PS3 in 2007 (1)

Itchyeyes (908311) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404389)

Much has been made of the potential impact of Home and Little Big Planet on the public perception of the PS3. However, both titles are far from ready for public release. Likewise, few expect the PS3's most high profile titles, Final Fantasy XIII and Metal Gear Solid 4, to make it to US shores by the end of the year. Meanwhile, both Microsoft and Nintendo have some very high profile titles slated for release throughout 2007. What does Sony plan on focusing on as the PS3's main strength in the face of such strong competition through the end of 2007?

Markets (1)

dj_tla (1048764) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404421)

Xbox360 is the console of choice for online multiplayer gamers, and there is something undeniably fun about playing the Wii with your friends in person. Is the PS3 aiming to be the console of choice for immersive single-player games?

Full GPU access for homebrew (4, Interesting)

Tikiman (468059) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404423)

Is there any possibility of letting an 'OtherOS' have full access to the GPU, allowing accelerated and 3D graphics for homebrew developers?

I don't think this has been asked yet... (5, Interesting)

Gothic_Walrus (692125) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404425)

People on the internet and in the tech media in general have been raking the PS3 and Sony over the coals for probably a good year now, with a noticeable backlash directed towards Sony's PR department. You've taken a lot of fire as one of the main figures in Sony's PR campaign, and I can't count how many times I've seen your name brought up here or on Digg in a negative light. The consensus seems to be that Sony's got a lot of work to do to win over the gaming public.

How, then, is Sony going to go about changing this mindset? There's still plenty of time to go from being viewed as the last place console to being a legitimate contender, if not the forerunner, but there's lots of ground to cover to do that. Are there any plans for this you'd be able to share with us, and any ideas on how long it might take before we see the PS3 in a stronger position than it is now?

On another note entirely, God of War 2 seems to be getting a more favorable reaction than any of the PS3 titles released thus far. Any thoughts on why that might be?

Bring the Price Down (0)

RAMGarden (306790) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404449)

How soon can you guys get the price down to near what the Nintendo Wii is selling for?

Re:Bring the Price Down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404623)

We just have to wait until the PS3's crashing and burning. Remember back when the 3DO, CDi, and Sega Saturn's prices dropped below the price of an N64?

Thoughts about your competition (2, Interesting)

ZeroSerenity (923363) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404471)

In paticular, the Wii and the Xbox 360. As we all know sales of these two consoles have been above the PS3 in terms of numbers. As a gamer yourself (I hope) have you played either of these consoles and if so, what do you think about them? Anything they're doing right that Sony should adopt? Thoughts on where they're going in relation to your own console?

Philosophy of gaming... (4, Interesting)

7Prime (871679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404483)

What is your personal philosophy regarding the future of videogames as a genre? For example, where do you see games, in terms of social and cultural identification, 20 years from now, and how do you think the nature of the PS3 plays into the culmination of this overall vision?

How long will SCE support PS2 developers? (1)

challlen (642784) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404489)

How long will SCE support PS2 3rd party developers?

Are there anymore first party PS2 games being created?

What inspired Sony to alienate Europe? (5, Interesting)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404497)

Why does Sony consider it a good business move to alienate Europe with a half-year delay and neutered hardware, and why do you still charge more for this inferior product than the US or Japanese consoles?

Mistakes (5, Insightful)

mothlos (832302) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404503)

Now that you have a few months with PS3s in the hands of consumers and plenty of reviews to pour over, what mistakes did Sony make in the design of the system?

Who is the PS3's target? (2, Interesting)

kinglink (195330) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404505)

The PS3 has been identified by many in the industry as not being overly friendly to the developers. For instance the Ps3 takes up approximately 50 more megs than the Xbox 360, while containing weaker tools. The cell processor with it's independent memory has only stymied developers instead of made their life easier. At the same time this causes the consumers to have less games or weaker games available. The consumers are being asked to pay more for a similar system with more games available on it and the same as another system with their HD video attachment.

Who exactly are you aiming the PS3 for? The Developers are having a hard time with it, the consumers are asked to pay a higher price for a machine that has been proven to be on the same level as the 360?

In addition was there any consideration for developer buy-in before shipping the system?

Finally will there be any work made to bridging the gap between what the consumer ultimately wants and are getting? The buyer of a PS3 wants backwards compatibility which is being removed from the European release and possibly future American release. The buyer wants unique games, they don't exactly demand PS Home, they don't need Blu-ray movies, why is the PS3's target goals so different than the PS3's target consumer's goals.

Official Linux Support (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404517)

There were a number of rumors that the PS3 would have "official" Linux support. Is / was this true? If so - is there a dedicated development team that is working to develop and distribute OpenGL video drivers to allow for proper Linux development?

Where's the Innovation and Fun? (3, Interesting)

molrak (541582) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404535)

I spent $170 to play Katamari Damacy on the PS2. One of the strongest points of the Playstation platform has been some of the quirky and innovative games available on the PS1 and PS2. Some of the games I still play on PS1 and PS2 are those that focused on gameplay over story or random shooting (Bust a Groove, Hot Shots Golf, Katamari, Guitar Hero, Okami). Where are the unique, fun, creative games on the new Playstation platforms, and why don't companies take risks by creating low-budget, creative, and fun titles at a new system's launch?

What did you do to upset the young men at (1)

vorlich (972710) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404547) [] so much that they have declared war on Sony?

Broadening target audience? (1)

jojoba_oil (1071932) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404551)

Recently I've been noticing a trend among console and hand-held gaming companies involving attempts at getting their hooks set in older generations and other consumers not normally categorized as gamers. With Nintendo products I've seen an increase in "targeted" games such as Brain Age; however, Sony seems to be following the idea that game devices should be movie/music/etc capable as well. For example, one of the seemingly major sales pitches of the base-model PS3 was its "low-cost" Blu-Ray player.

Can you comment on how well Sony's strategies has been working, and what other ideas are being pursued? Also, if my interpretations of Sony's strategies have been incorrect, then please feel free to correct me.

Price drop song and dance (1)

CPE1704TKS (995414) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404569)

I understand why Sony won't talk about price drops, since it is bad for business since people will put off buying the PS3 while waiting for the price drop, and it will piss off the loyalists who paid extra money for it at the beginning.

But saying that there is no consideration for price drops is fooling no one. End users are far too saavy now, and the blanket statements that were made 10 years ago won't fly in this day-and-age. It is clear as daylight that the price point of the PS3 is too high, and the fact that there isn't a critical mass of users will drastically affect how game developers will release games for PS3, make exclusives for PS3, etc. This becomes a self-feeding disaster.

So, being realistic and knowing that you are talking about to an informed audience, when will we see a price drop such that a higher adoption rate can be achieved?

Gaming System (4, Interesting)

sqlrob (173498) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404595)

What are you doing to support the people that want a gaming system, not a home hub, something never to be plugged into a network?

8 processors, limited functionality (4, Interesting)

iplayfast (166447) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404605)

I was pleasently surprised at all the different things a PS3 can do. It can play music, show videos, show pictures, play games.

Why is it with 8 processors, it can only do these things one at a time.

I'd like to start it playing music and display a series of pictures and/or videos. It would be useful at parties.
I'd like to start it playing background music, turn off the music in a game and play a game, without listening to "call to battle" or whatever the track is, over and over and over.

Auld Sod (1)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404615)

Is it true that yours is a name that a shame never has been connected with?
Oh. Harrison, not Harrigan!

Oi'll be goin' now.

Development price (1)

jefu (53450) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404619)

I recently heard that the price of a development system was on the order of $25,000. Is this correct? Why would you price the development system so high unless you're actively trying to discourage game developers?

"Alternative" gameplay controls (5, Interesting)

RyoShin (610051) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404633)

One of the big things Sony touted with the SIXAXIS controller is the motion sensing technology (though I haven't seen it mentioned much in commercials). The debate over whether that was reactionary to Nintendo's Wiimote is a long debate, but it makes me curious- what other kinds of alternative gameplay mechanics have Sony toyed with for the PS3 controllers?

Look at me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18404639)

I am an slashdoter and I am declaring Jihad on the PS3! Die ! Die! I want my WII! DON'T BUY PS3 !!!!11111111 .

Could you all PLEASE make good questions for once instead of your full of shit bias? I am tired of it

FACE IT: All the consoles are expensive, don't blame the PS3 on being expensive since the WII is totally overprized for an 1.6 ghz processor and an stick that is so cool the first 2 months then limits your gameplay.

As an early adopter (1)

Stevecrox (962208) | more than 7 years ago | (#18404645)

I live in te UK and consider myself an early adopter, when the PSP was announced in the uk I was first in line and still consider it a bargin (even if the whole UMD film side is a joke) but I have seen the Wii's sales, as well as played a Xbox360 while paitently waiting for a PS3.

Why is the PS3 worth twice the price of a Wii?

With many of the PS exclusive games going to Xbox what are Sony doing, atm three of my five favorite series will be available on Xbox and PS3 so what is my incentive to spend almost twice the price on a PS3?

Has Sony learned something from the Wii console?

Why is the PS3 so much more expensive in europe than in the USA and Japan?

Do you think this is turning away prospective buyers like myself? (hint it is why do I have to pay twice the price?)

Are sony aware of the price people are willing to pay for a games console? (from my limited research about £325 seems to be what my mates and I are waiting for)

Is all I have got, if you could make sure that he gets the idea that people in Europe are very annoyed at the pricing difference then I don't really care whats asked, cause at the moment i want a PS3 but am going to simply wait until the price drops to the £200/£300 mark, I think most people think that as well. I really don't care about the 'media centre' aspect of it, if it wants to do that give me a tv card and maybe I'll factor it in.
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