Sony leaks some real information about PS3.
After absorbing a lot of information from a high positioned Sony employee who worked on the development of PS3, a university professor in Japan spilled everything he knew to the press through the Weekly Takarajima magazine. What Kouichi Okao knew was much more than Sony wanted us to know. A month earlier he revealed some information in the magazine as a anonymous person and the magazine got into legal problems with Sony. Apparently Weekly Takarajima is not scared of the big bad bully, and the professor comes out again and writes an article revealing more insider information on Sony.
Reportedly Sony and Sony Computer Entertainment had conflicting ideas about the Playstation 2. SCE wanted a system that is simple as the original Playstation was but of course with today's technology. Sony on the other hand wanted a system that would take over the world with features and functionalities of a gaming system, computer, and all-in-one home entertainment system. Looking at Playstation 2, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to tell that Sony got their way of doing things on PS2. So what did Kouichi Okao reveal about the PS3? You are about to find out.
It seems like year 2005 is the estimated time the PS3 will be released in Japan. Sony and SCE will both satisfy their egos because the plans are to release two versions of the console. One is the fully featured system with all of the capabilities. The other version is going to be a stripped down machine that will basically act only as a console system. Think of the second version as PS3: Value, because that is the idea behind it, to satisfy the people who can't shell out over $400 for the system and a game.
The PS3 development team is reportedly looking forward to using a built in TV tuner of some sort to allow the future system to record TV shows on hard disk. Similar stand alone system are already out on the consumer market that do the same. Some of the products that I can think of from the top of my head are ReplayTV and TiVo. The brilliant engineering allows these machines to use the hard disk to save video image using MPEG encoding and allow the users to pause live TV, record shows for later viewing and a few other functionalities. So evidently, the idea of recording TV on a hard drive is not new.
Well, Kouichi Okao gave us some real good information on what to look for in the future. Sony is definitely taking large steps get into the consumer entertainment market and be everything to everyone. Will it work? We'll have to wait for a few years to see the impact that the PS2 and PS3 will make. For now, we can be assured that they won't be forgetting about what Playstation was originally all about; video gaming.