Sony: Blu-Ray, Free Network Are PlayStation 3 Mainstays
With everyone hoping for a PlayStation 3 price cut, we've seen many different rumors crop up around the Internet. One of the most recent was when Janco's Mike Hickey predicted Sony would issue a Blu-Ray-less PS3 that would be cheaper than the current model.
Of course, this made little sense to many people (including us) who simply replied, "...wait, aren't all the games on Blu-Ray?" Yes, yes they are, and according to what Sony marketing manager Kim Nguyen told Silicon Alley Insider, Blu-Ray isn't going anywhere. "That would pretty much destroy the PS3's backbone," he said, and then added: "Our games were built on Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray will always be part of the PS3." So that's that; we call it logic. Then there has been the question of the free PlayStation Network, as many journalists have postulated that with the increase in content and functionality, Sony will decide to start charging a fee, like Microsoft does with Xbox Live. But that isn't happening, either. Said Sony's Susan Panico: "Online gaming is like a First Amendment right." That's what we like to hear, and we all continue to enjoy the fact that it costs us nothing to leap into an online multiplayer match or download the latest and greatest demo. Free is good.
Therefore, anything you may have heard in the recent past concerning a PS3 without Blu-Ray, or the idea that Sony will start charging for the Network...you can ignore it all. We still want that price cut, of course, but that will come in due time; we're still anticipating a drop some time later this year.
3/12/2009 Ben Dutka