PlayStation Network To Get Overhaul, Movie Service in 2008
GameDaily recently had a chance to speak to Sony's Vice President of Product Marketing about Sony in 2008, and his responses offered some very interesting things to note. For one, we may see a downloadable movie and TV show service as part of the PlayStation Network/PS Store before 2008 ends. Moreover, in addition to the PSN facelift we'll see next week, an entire overhaul is also in the works. We've selected some choice quotes, but you can read the entire interview by clicking here.
On the subject of Toshiba's withdrawal from the format war and the emergence of Blu-ray , Steinberg states:
"It just winds up escalating the installed base growth. Even if we look at PS2 owners who were on the fence or sidelines waiting, 'Do I upgrade? What's with all this Blu-Ray? I don't want to buy a dead format' it gives them every reason to jump into marketplace. So 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.
More importantly, looking ahead, GameDaily asked Steinberg what can PS3 owners look forward out of PSN, an "overhaul" that features friends lists and downloadable media (TV shows, movies, etc.):
2008. I think it's not a shock to think of 2008 as important for two
reasons. One, the software line-up, the standards discussion is past us. The
software line-up is here. 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 line-up, and we've got an incredibly diverse line-up."
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. So 2008 is going to be the year where both on the service side as well as on a Blu-Ray side, you're going to see everything that we've got."
"And what's interesting to me is that the Blu-Ray side represents such big blockbuster type games and the Network has the potential for start-up products, entrepreneurial games that are smaller, more affordable and I think represent a different kind of creativity than the Uncharteds or Resistance 2s or the LittleBigPlanets.
Read the rest of the interview by hitting the link above.
4/8/2008 Arnold Katayev