Sony: "Firm Believers In Listening To The PlayStation Fanbase"
Sony and the PlayStation 3 continue to adopt new ideas every year, but don't think all these ideas are internal.
During a recent interview with Examiner.com, SCEA Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller spoke about the current state of the PS3, the new services that have already arrived, the future of the Network, and the need to have enough content on the PSP Go to "keep everyone happy." We've also watched the storage space grow continually over the past few years, and many believe this was simply due to the digital distribution boom. But it also has a lot to do with the ever-increasing functionality of the PS3 and Sony's long-term goals. Said Koller:
"From the start, PS3 was designed to be more than just a video game system and as such we knew that different people were going to use it in different ways. And we are firm believers in listening to the PlayStation fanbase. As a device with a ten-year lifecycle, we knew that new features would be constantly added every year through firmware updates or new services like Netflix. We also have always said PS3 is proficient as a multimedia hub out of the box. As the amount and depth of digital content available through the PlayStation Network (PSN) continues to increase, we wanted to provide those who go beyond just saving games and DLC on their HDD with options to accommodate their growing digital content library. Digital content will undoubtedly continue to be on the rise and a larger hard drive fits our view of the future. Our goal is to provide options to users so that whatever their entertainment choices are next year or the year after, they’ll have the storage space to accommodate the way they want to use their system."
In regards to the PSP Go, Koller says they've "met the challenge" of having enough content for new owners; there are currently over 300 downloadable games available, in addition to thousands of movies and TV episodes. As for the Network, that will continue to grow; we'll see more content, more Home expansion (Koller mentions the new pseudo-MMO within Home, Sodium One), and of course, more attention paid to the consumer. In short, if you have suggestions, don't be afraid to speak up 'cuz someone just might be listening...
1/20/2010 8:59:23 PM John Shepard