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Sony On 2008: Big Games, The Economy, Acquired Momentum

2008 is drawing to a close, and everyone is taking stock of the year. This includes big corporations, of course, and GamePro recently chatted with Sony's John Kohler to ask him about the current status of the PlayStation 3 and PSP, plus a variety of other topics.

First up, they wanted to know what Sony is "most proud of" regarding the PS3 in 2008, and Kohler's answer was simple and straightforward: "Game development." He goes on to talk about coming from behind and dealing with Microsoft's one-year lead, the fact that developers found the PS3 difficult to work with, and the price of the system. But these days, especially from a first-party point of view, things have changed considerably, and titles like Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet have really helped to solidify the increasing PS3 library. Of course, Kohler also mentioned the success of certain third-party titles on the PS3 - like Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - and the Blu-Ray victory over HD-DVD. Next, they tackled the subject that's on everyone's mind lately: the economy. Kohler's response:

"It's definitely different in terms of the economy. I've been [at Sony] for 10 years now, so I saw the last recession in 1999 or 2000. We were just coming into the PlayStation 2's lifecycle at that time. We're seeing similar things this time, but we're very bullish on PS3 sales. We've seen a very strong run-up in the last few weeks on the PS3 and PSP hardware. Games are selling very well...we're forecasting big things this holiday. We're very aware of the economic situation, and we monitor that hourly to make sure our sales analysis is on point. But everything we're seeing points to a really good holiday season for Sony. I think we're going to have a good run of it [this holiday]."

GamePro further touched on the possibility of bringing PS2 games to the PS3 as downloadable content on the Store, and Kohler said they're "still sorting through that." Obviously, there are some "technical hurdles" involved in this sort of process and while he says nothing is "imminent," Sony is definitely pursuing the possibility, so we consider that good news. Remember, backwards compatibility for PS2 software has disappeared from the recent PS3 models. Lastly, Kohler mentions the PSP, and where he expects it to go in 2009:

"And for the PSP, next year will be fantastic. The number and quality of games that are coming under franchise umbrellas, including some that are very well know...you've seen the first already, with Resistance: Retribution, but there's a lot of other fantastic games coming for PSP. The tie between the PSP and the PS3 will be more firmly established, too. And the PS2 is still going strong in its ninth year. Our CEO, Jack Tretton, likes to say that "the only way to kill the PS2 is to stop supporting it." So the PS2 will be fully supported; we had 130 PS2 games in 2008, and we're looking at 100+ for 2009. The PS2 is still a very strong console. But the momentum behind the PS3 and PSP is going to be very strong, and we'll probably be talking to you next year with big smiles on our faces."

If you want to read the entire interview, feel free; they also talk about Home, the sales of Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet, and the Xbox 360 obtaining Netflix support. Good stuff.

12/9/2008 Ben Dutka

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 10:56:45 AM
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good news to hear over at the Sony camp.

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Joe_III
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 11:03:00 AM
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It was a pretty good year. R2 came out. Can't really remember the first half of 08 anymore to comment on it. Too bad they're having to end with a big job cut announcement...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 11:13:40 AM

It's not something we're going to report on as they say the cuts are unlikely to affect their games division.

As for the first half of the year, it wasn't so much about exclusives, but Burnout Paradise and Devil May Cry 4 stand out in my mind.

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Joe_III
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 11:25:25 AM

That's not what I had heard on the news this morning. They had said the 8K jobs were coming out of electronics, and that PS was most likely going to be effected.

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Shatterday
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 3:34:17 PM

I've read a couple of articles around Google about the Sony layoffs and you can do a ctrl + f for Playstation and won't find anything.

The news was probably just speculation because most people would probably see PS as not a major source of income for Sony, not us though.

I'm dumb though, Joe could be right.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 11:29:19 AM
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i spoke to a customer rep at netflix and she said instant watching on the ps3 is possible,though they havent seen interest from their members about it. I think netflix is making a huge mistake by not supporting the ps3.

Overall the ps3 is still going on despite resistance from many companies.

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 11:36:04 AM
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2009 is going to just as great for Sony as 2008 was. KZ2, GOWIII, Infamous, Heavy Rain, madness!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 1:04:15 PM
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So the cat (reeeeeer) is out of the bag. Backwards compatibility was killed so that people gotta re-buy games once the PS2 titles hit PSN. Actually I don't mind, I've got the software BC and it works with all but one of my games, and that is a pretty solid business model.

I'm not a netflix guy, I still like to go to Blockbuster while brick and mortar stores exist (Dark Knight today), but it was a bit of a coup for M$ to buy up their loyalty. Of course, I have yet to see an '09 lineup for 360, maybe that's where the budget went. I saw a preview for Halo wars and it looks gay, plus they are shutting down the studio immediately after it's complete so you can't expect them to be too happy while finishing out that game. Thinking '09 will be just as pimp for PS3 as '08 was, if not more.

As far as the PS2 goes, I don't think you could kill it with a stake through the heart :)

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 9:13:51 PM

Not reeeeally. They've got the free software Ps2 emulator for free download on the PSN. Im sure the digital copy of Ps2 games would require it too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 9:38:58 PM

They have the software emulator for non-bc systems now?

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FLYING_APE
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 1:24:59 PM
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I wonder if all these game like god of war 3 will come out 2009 or get pushed to late 2009 or 2010. I hated how lbp socom and r2 came out so close to each other.

i think ive gone totally off subject

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King James
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 2:35:05 PM
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That backward compatibility thing is gonna really inconvenience me when my PS3 goes out (hopefully a whole lot later than sooner). I'll have to buy a non-BC PS3 and a PS2 again. *Sighs* Why, Sony?

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superjew
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 3:22:30 PM
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This whole lack of BC thing really scares me long term. In the future if we don't have working older PS3s and what will be the already ancient PS2's how are we going to play these games? Hope the people who are making PC emulators are hard at work to preserve old games, because I have a feeling it's going to be an issue 10 or 20 years from now. NES and SNES games and the like are going to be well preserved but the rest of it seems yet to be decided when it comes to games with discs.

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 4:57:54 PM
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B/C doesn't bother me. My Ps2 has been with me for about 7 years now... And My Ps1 still works just fine (Never use either Ps2 or Ps1) but I will be buying another PS3 soon around the beginning of 2009. (Probably without B/C Compatibility) It's all good though.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 6:06:20 PM
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@Joe
where do you get your news from? honestly, i'd like to know

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Frenchy17
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 6:20:35 PM
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Has anyone seen the article on Ign's PS3 homepage. Its called who will save the PS3? They offer up their ideas on what companies can save the PS3, did you guys know that the PS3 needed saving?? Wow I thought they usually tried to hide their bias for the most part, but not anymore!

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Aftab
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 9:14:44 PM

Yeah, I know. The article would've been better named, "What will save the 360", with all those ps3 titles listed.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 10:37:42 PM

That article is trash, not even because it tries to bash PS3, but because all the guy does is say "here's a few impossible ideas on how they can get back on top, but it probably won't happen and there's really no way to do it"

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karneli lll
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 @ 9:37:27 PM
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to make things worse they put square enix and EA as ps3 saviours! Im surprised they didnt add valve,that article is a dud.

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Crono
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:38:54 AM
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Not that the article was well-written, but the title of 'saving the PS3' wasn't so out of hand imo. At the end of it all the PS3 WON'T make a significant profit, if they make any at all; Sony would probably take a break-even at this point. Their competitors (and the Wii is a competitor in a business sense) have maintained strongly, and the PS3 would have needed a miracle to come out on top after Sony Corp. forced a Blu-Ray player in there. Kutaragi is way smarter than most people give him credit for, and I for one don't think that was in his plans at all; it would have been more powerful and much cheaper if he planned what I expected.

Then again, all said and done the PS3 is imo better for the consumer with the Blu-Ray player in. Sony loses, and the consumer wins; it's not ideal but it works for me.

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karneli lll
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 1:58:25 PM
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@Crono
in a nutshell: no blu ray drive on the ps3 = no progress/ no mgs4/ Xbox ports....
Sony keeps us moving foward,even the wii has made strides; not in the same direction but progressive nontheless

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 @ 11:34:37 PM
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PS2 for the world! Win lolz

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