Sony Clarifies: PlayStation Home Remains A Top Priority
Sometimes, people get misquoted. It has been known to happen and when it does, we journalists really need to issue an appropriate correction.
Recently, Edge reported on a speech Sony's PlayStation Home director Pete Edwards gave at the London Games Conference, and the quote in question was- "It's been a long road. We've proved there is a market out there and we've got a lot of people that spend a lot of time in [Home]. It's not a priority right now but there is a business model there." Obviously, it's that last sentence that caught everyone's eye and ear, which quickly translated to articles talking about how Sony doesn't consider their ambitious virtual social service to be a "priority," anymore. But a Sony representative has clarified the situation in the official PlayStation forums:
"Allow me to put your minds at ease about this recent press. The coverage of what Pete Edwards said at the London Games Conference was not only a misquote, it was a misreprentation of what he actually said. Edwards was saying that monetizing Home was not as big a priority as building a great platform, with a compelling environment and a strong community.
Home is still a top priority for Sony and will continue to release quality content and provide a positive experience to our users. And yes, we will continue working on fixing bugs, login problems, and other user issues."
So let's not get all carried away with the idea that Sony doesn't consider Home to be important; the next step on that ladder of misinformation is to assume they're just abandoning the service (we were probably days away from those reactionary articles). So yeah, it's good that we have this clarification.
10/30/2009 9:03:26 PM John Shepard