Sony Finally Focusing On PS3 Software
Let me explain the headline: what I mean is, it seems that Sony is focusing on PlayStation 3 software in contrast to...well, everything else that's related to the machine.
We all know that Sony wanted to make the PS3 a multimedia console that can be used for different entertainment purposes, but at the same time, they wanted to emphasize that it's still a gaming system. Well, it was difficult to agree with that last part in the first few years of the console's existence. Look, we had PSP/PS3 connectivity, the growing of the Network including PlayStation Home, downloadable movies and TV shows, the Sixaxis morphing into the Dual Shock 3 due to widespread fan request, the revamping of the Cross Media Bar and other tweaks to the structure, firmware updates, Folding@Home, Trophies, etc, etc, etc. But now, either they've finally reached a point where they don't wish to make any significant additions to the hardware, or they're at a sweet spot where the software has become the prime focus. We know that Sony will say the software has "always" been most important to them, but after handling all news related to the machine thus far, I'm not really buying that.
But now that we're pretty much done talking about all that other stuff, we see more and more game-related press releases and announcements. Take GDC 09, for example. Sure, we really only saw the unveiling of Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time, but at least it was a game and not another nifty little feature for the PS3 that you may or may not use, like PlayStation Life. Now, I'm not saying anything I've mentioned here is bad, per se; I just like the idea that games appear to be tops on Sony's list right now. They like to talk about Killzone 2 as having a positive impact, and they've recently begun to tout their exclusive lineup, which is indeed impressive. There's no denying that Sony needed to add things like Trophies - this is a competition, after all - but for me and for most others out there, the PS3 is still a video game console...and Sony now appears to be embracing that philosophy. They still need to drop the price, but beyond that, let's just talk about that software.
Options and extras are always cool. But let's not forget that that's exactly what they are: options and extras.
3/30/2009 Ben Dutka