Harrison: Sony "Brilliantly Realized" Their Home Ambitions
You might think that, depending on the condition of their separation, Phil Harrison may hold a small grudge against Sony. The former executive is now president of Atari, and some guys are reluctant to talk about their former employer.
But according to a recent Eurogamer interview, Harrison says Sony is definitely on the right track with PlayStation Home; he believes the company has "brilliantly realized their ambitions." Of course, this project was initially conceived when Harrison was still running things at SCEE, so perhaps this revelation isn't exactly surprising, but it's still good news. He clearly likes how things are shaping up, and has said he's part of the Home beta. In turn, he think Sony "will have a very successful platform," and re-confirmed Sony's earlier statements that insisted on an open beta launch before 2008 is over. At the same time, Harrison had some kind words for the recently updated Microsoft Xbox 360 dashboard, even though he says they're still only "scratching the surface" of what the industry and gamers have come to expect in the realm of customization and socialization. Everyone seems more expectant and demanding than ever this generation!
The more we hear people talk about it, the more convinced we are that Home will be a smash success. But everything takes time, and although we agree that the foundation is solid, Sony needs to focus on the building aspects from here on out. But hey, we've always liked Harrison, and we have to agree with that "brilliantly realized" comment.
12/5/2008 Ben Dutka