Hirai Addresses Reality Of Exclusives
As everyone knows by now, platform exclusive games are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. However, even though Sony's stance on the issue remains solid (they just don't pay for exclusive rights), Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai says it may be a possibility in the future. Even so, the fact that third-party publishers simply make more money with multiplatform releases is an undisputed fact.
Hirai spoke up on the semi-official PlayStation blog ThreeSpeech, and offered up his current position on the matter. SPOnG regular Steve Boxer asked him if SCEI might change Phil Harrison's policy on not paying for exclusives, and Hirai responded- "Thats something that we can re-evaluate, but its also something that the publishers need to make a business decision on." But like we just said, you gotta go to where the cash flow is, and that centers on multiplatform releases. "But generally speaking, because of the investments that publishers need to make in this round of hardware, its going to be more difficult for publishers to make that decision," said Hirai.
Lastly, he makes one final comment that may be misinterpreted, depending on how you view the situation. Some say Ken Kutaragi had the PS3 pegged as more of a super computer with multimedia facilities than a games machine, but Hirai may have helped to re-fix the focus. Hirai said: "It hasnt been a year yet since Kutaragi-san left, but I think things are heading in the right direction..." Oooh...well, we doubt this is a direct insult, but literally speaking, he's right.
6/2/2008 Ben Dutka