PS3 News: CES 2007: Hirai Talks PS3, Blu-Ray - PS3 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

CES 2007: Hirai Talks PS3, Blu-Ray

Sony president Kaz Hirai was a popular guy at CES today, and he spoke a great deal about the future of the PS3 and Blu-Ray. Perhaps most newsworthy of all, he vehemently defended the power of Sony's next-gen console against those who say early titles aren't representative of said power.

"I have heard many people say our competitors' systems are just as powerful as the PS3. That simply is not true," said Hirai. "No other next generation entertainment system pushes the envelope on advanced technology like PS3.

Based on the company's history with consoles, we'd have to say that their systems grow exponentially with time. The PS2 grew further, in terms of visuals, than either the Xbox or GameCube (perhaps due to the fact it released a full year earlier, but nevertheless), and we foresee the same thing happening with the PS3. Therefore, if the PS3 follows the same path as the PS1 and PS2, and the games look like they do right now, the PS3 should have the edge in the end.

Hirai also talked Blu-Ray-

"I have heard people say that a high-capacity game delivery vehicle like Blu-ray isn't necessary in a next generation computer entertainment system," he said. "You just can't expect that 9GBs of storage capacity found on today's DVDs are going to have enough space to hold tomorrow's games."

Of course, the Blu-Ray production issues led to the difficult delays of the PS3, and Hirai did admit this was a definite problem. However, he reiterated a strong position on the format.

"I don't think anyone could have foreseen the difficulties we encountered in the production of the blue laser diode for the PlayStation 3, which ultimately delayed the launch of PlayStation 3. We were asking our teams to develop millions of components for the PlayStation 3, like the Blu-ray Disc player and cell broadband engine, that had previously only been produced in the thousands."

Hirai went a step further in regards to the system's power, actually suggesting Sony would've had a smoother launch had they pulled a Nintendo; issuing a marginally more powerful console that developers would immediately understand. It would be far cheaper and far less problematic initially, but it's not what they wanted for the long run.

"A worldwide launch for any console is quite ambitious. In fact, it has never been done before. I suppose if we had simply done a mild upgrade to the PS2 and not pushed the envelope so hard, it would have been easier on ourselves. However, if we did that every time, we wouldn't be Sony."

Well, that's certainly true.

1/8/2007 Ben Dutka

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

Comments (0 posts)

There are no comments to display.

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

2014 PSXE Reader's Choice GotY: Vote Now!
Watch Dogs
Dark Souls II
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Velocity 2X
inFamous: Second Son
Far Cry 4
Dragon Age: Inqusition
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Assassin's Creed Unity
Child of Light

Previous Poll Results