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Sony Excited About 2008: Year Of The PlayStation 3

Knuckle up, Microsoft. Sony is very much in this fight; they've worked their way off the ropes and as of now, they're landing some pretty damaging blows.

At this time last year, there was nothing but doom and gloom in the news for Sony and the PS3. We all remember those dark days - we at PSXE distinctly recall writing one horrible update after another - but now, those days are no more. In a recent interview with GameDaily, Steinberg spoke about the company's excitement for 2008, and that includes the great software, PlayStation Home, the benefits of the Blu-Ray victory, and more.

"The software lineup is here," said Steinberg. "I think we're at the point to say we're ecstatic about what we have in 2008. It's finally to the point where there are no standards uncertainties, so consumers now can evaluate us on the skills and attributes of our lineup, and we've got an incredibly diverse lineup."

That's one statement - "the software lineup is here" - that many early PS3 owners wish they had heard a year ago, but nevertheless, better late than never. Besides, every console goes through an early drought of software (we dare you to find one that didn't, for at least its first 6-8 months of existence). And as far as the Network goes, Steinberg is plenty excited about that, too, and reiterated that the public beta is on the way.

"On the network side, we've stated that we're in a closed beta now for Home, we'll be rolling out functionality later this year, both for the Network and making Home public to others."

Last but not least, Steinberg addressed Blu-Ray's recent victory over HD-DVD in the high-definition format war. Not surprisingly, he figures this gives Sony a nice boost- "I think it's a huge win and it gives us a lot of momentum and also gives us momentum to stop talking about standards and start talking about games." Basically, given its current position, and with just about every industry analyst on earth noticing this major turnaround, the PS3 is surging. This fight is just getting started, of course, but suddenly, the Xbox 360 doesn't appear to have the upper hand, anymore...

4/5/2008 Ben Dutka

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Warukyure [Power User]
Saturday, April 05, 2008 @ 11:11:35 AM

Let Sony never forget those days. They can't expect the ride on the backs of those faith to them. On that note, the PS3 must've alienated a lot of old PS2 fans. Maybe they should concentrate on winning back their old PS2 fanbase before trying to capture the Xbox 360's and the Wii's.

As for us loyal PS3 owners, those were some sad and troubling times back then... I don't think anyone didn't have a thought of "the next day could very well be PS3's last"... I know I sure did when ever I looked at the new releases list.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008 @ 12:09:47 PM

I was never worried about Sony not making it this gen.I bought every system that was released all the way back when Intellivision,colecovision and yes even Vectrex hit the market.Like stated above all systems have those droughts.For every system you really dont know the limits of the system till like 3-4 years into the system.The PS3 is a very advance system most developers this gen were scared of it.Things are changing thx to Sony and IBM's involvement to educate the programers.This year is just the start for things to come.Makes you wonder though,would Sega still be in the console biz if they put more effort into programming for the saturn? Well for the Dreamcast I blame EA for that one.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008 @ 12:11:54 PM

sony still have to make this up tho the new store is the start for me but then what,they better try to impress this year or it will be for nothing.GTA is one of the major let down this year sony could have done more(my not just talking DLC)microsoft will really sell GTA as if it is an exclusive,sony must cut the crap.
they could advertise GTA like ass creed or cod4
with only a ps3 logo at the end.
none the less i am a PS3-08 believer,it is time for a turn around.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008 @ 2:05:46 PM

With what he said about home, does this mean the beta isn't "very soon" ? Or was he talking about the full release when he said "later this year"

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Saturday, April 05, 2008 @ 5:12:32 PM

"...we've stated that we're in a closed beta now for Home, we'll be rolling out functionality later this year..."

i think that its self explanitory

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Sunday, April 06, 2008 @ 7:13:12 PM

I always thought that the PS3 will do well but a year ago at the back of my mind I did think of the what if.

Yes Sony needs to put out GTA IV ads with only the PS3 logo, I think it will make so many PS2 owners jump out of their chairs knowing that a new GTA game has come out and the ad states PS3, they must get a PS3 will hopefully be the response.

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