Hirai talks Blu-ray, PSN download service and more
- Posted October 5th, 2007 at 03:55 EDT by
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In a recent interview, Kazuo Hirai, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, discussed his feelings on the PlayStation 3’s current situation of using Blu-ray and the future of the PlayStation Network download service.
"In our eyes, we wanted to provide developers with the absolute biggest canvas on which to create their games. We could have gone with the 9 GBs of DVD or the 30 GBs of data on an HD DVD, but why would we, when we had 50 GBs of data on the Blu-ray Disc?” stated Hirai.
“I think its success as a delivery vehicle for games has already been proven. As for movies, I think it (is) really hard for any studio or retailer to ignore the fact that there are already millions of Blu-ray players in the world in the form of PS3. That is the kind of installed base DVD only dreamed of when it launched and before we debuted PlayStation 2.”
When asked about movie downloading options and how they plan to take on the Xbox 360, Hirai responded;
"Increasingly, consumers are looking for new ways to access and enjoy entertainment. Downloading content from the comfort of your living room is now a true, viable option. PS3 already offers downloadable games and gaming content. We are now reviewing options for other content to be delivered through PlayStation Network, including music, movies, and TV, all of which can be found in the Sony family of companies."
Apparently Sony is still feeling good about their choice to include Blu-ray in the PlayStation 3. Also with a new cheaper 40GB PS3 model and improved PSN service on the way, the PS3 is looking more appetizing by the moment.
Stay tuned to PSU for more updates.
- 11:06pm EDT - October 4th, 2007
You should probably state that the 40GB PS3 is still a rumor.
- 12:31am EDT - October 5th, 2007
a rumor confirmed by multiple sources world wide, the only place its not been confirmed is by Sony themself. I would say that the 40gb model is real enough
- 1:14am EDT - October 5th, 2007
So, how long until Sony officially announces the 40gb SKU model? Maybe a week before Ratchet & Clank is released??
- 1:42am EDT - October 5th, 2007
Stop talking Sony, start doing. And please try and integrate the PS Store into the XMB. This browser style Store isn't working.
- 3:32am EDT - October 5th, 2007
psn id: gingo.... this is one of the reasons i bought a ps3- i liked what i saw in the future. sure i could have went out and bought an xbox 360 because it has the most games and the best online service but i love what i see in the future for ps3
- 3:51am EDT - October 5th, 2007
Sony is the only place that counts in confirming the rumor. They have said nothing therefor it does not exist and frankly it shouldnt.
- 3:58am EDT - October 5th, 2007
I would be feeling good about the PS3 too.
- 4:22am EDT - October 5th, 2007
What are the specs of the 40gb anyway, is that officially coming out?
- 6:32am EDT - October 5th, 2007
I think sony haves everything batched up and batching it up more.. and then they will release all the content as once. Like when they release home they will follow it up with the movie,tv, all that type of content but they wanna get the gaming out of the way first. Which seems to be smart since how it seems its sorta slow right now but its a nice early start how far sony has gotten with the ps3.
- 9:16am EDT - October 5th, 2007
The 40gb isnt a rumour its out on oct. 10 in the UK. I agree with everything in this interview, im very happy with bluray and the choice to implement it in the ps3.
- 9:51am EDT - October 5th, 2007
I'd like to see just what exactly the improved PSN service will be. I hope they don't think of trying to charge for it.
- 1:26pm EDT - October 5th, 2007
Same, are they going to add a plethora of movies, avatars, demo's etc? I want to see a more robust PSN then what we have seen. Hopefully they can improve in adding more demo's to at least buildup some form of hype a month or two before its released.
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