Harrison on PS3 and Sony’s future plans

Phil Harrison - Image 1Sony‘s Phil Harrison had a lot of interesting things to say about the direction the Playstation 3 and the industry in general are going when he was interviewed by gaming site 1UP. More than anything else, the official reminded everyone that Sony’s new system isn’t just a simple videogame console:

I think PlayStation 3 needs to stand for gaming and digital entertainment in the living room pushing the envelope of high definition, pushing the envelope of broadband, and of course that includes more than just games. We don’t have the announcements that you’re probably looking for today, but it is digital data.

As you know, Phil Harrison is the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCEWW, the unification of all of the SCE-whatever regional development studios). So he’s the boss when it comes to Sony’s development studios all over the world.

He wouldn’t go into specifics of his GDC plans – but he clarified that Sony is here not because of its competitors: Sony has its own strategy and plans are not dependent on what Nintendo and Microsoft have up their sleeves.

We have some interesting announcements to make. I think it’s no secret that we’re going to make a couple of exclusive announcements there. We’re not going to slate our lineup just because of competitive activity. We’ll continue to plow our own furrow.

Lastly, Harrison talked about the disc format in contrast with digital distribution. According to him, the ability to deliver content through broadband network is the current reality now. But the cheapest and most efficient way is still via the Blu-Ray disc and selling it in retail stores:

This is not to replace Blu-ray disc. This is to operate beside Blu-ray disc and the games that you buy on Blu-ray disc may actually end up being a key that takes you into a dynamic content-lead experience where you meet other people, you see other people’s content.

Phil Harrison - Image 1Sony‘s Phil Harrison had a lot of interesting things to say about the direction the Playstation 3 and the industry in general are going when he was interviewed by gaming site 1UP. More than anything else, the official reminded everyone that Sony’s new system isn’t just a simple videogame console:

I think PlayStation 3 needs to stand for gaming and digital entertainment in the living room pushing the envelope of high definition, pushing the envelope of broadband, and of course that includes more than just games. We don’t have the announcements that you’re probably looking for today, but it is digital data.

As you know, Phil Harrison is the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCEWW, the unification of all of the SCE-whatever regional development studios). So he’s the boss when it comes to Sony’s development studios all over the world.

He wouldn’t go into specifics of his GDC plans – but he clarified that Sony is here not because of its competitors: Sony has its own strategy and plans are not dependent on what Nintendo and Microsoft have up their sleeves.

We have some interesting announcements to make. I think it’s no secret that we’re going to make a couple of exclusive announcements there. We’re not going to slate our lineup just because of competitive activity. We’ll continue to plow our own furrow.

Lastly, Harrison talked about the disc format in contrast with digital distribution. According to him, the ability to deliver content through broadband network is the current reality now. But the cheapest and most efficient way is still via the Blu-Ray disc and selling it in retail stores:

This is not to replace Blu-ray disc. This is to operate beside Blu-ray disc and the games that you buy on Blu-ray disc may actually end up being a key that takes you into a dynamic content-lead experience where you meet other people, you see other people’s content.

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