Q&A: Peter Dille lays out the PS3 game plan

Sony Computer Entertainment America's SVP of marketing talks about his company's gelling scheme for its looming next-gen console launch.

Last week, Sony held a Gamers' Day in San Francisco to show off the PlayStation 3. As part of the proceedings, executives for the company showed off the next-generation console and its various bells and whistles. Foremost among these were the console's Sixaxis controller, which will translate players' physical motions into in-game actions for various titles. For example, turning the controller like a steering wheel will actually steer in-game cars in MotorStorm, the off-roading game from Sony-owned Evolution Studios.

Another key aspect of the PlayStation 3 launch is the PlayStation Network Platform. The service will launch alongside the PS3 and is tailor-made to counter the online components of the console's competitors--Xbox Live and WiiConect24--with a variety of features, such as game downloads. Another major cornerstone of the service is its price--or, more correctly, the fact it doesn't have one. Unlike Xbox Live Gold, the PlayStation Network Platform will support free online gameplay out of the box and will (presumably) continue to do so ad infinitum.

However, the PS3's November 17 launch in the US has been plagued by problems. Foremost among them is day-one supply of the console, which Sony drastically reduced last month from 2 million units to just 400,000. How is the electronics giant, whose PlayStation 2 is the undisputed leader in the console game, coping with consumers' doubts about its next-generation plans? GameSpot recently sat down with Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America, to find out how the US PS3 launch is shaping up.

GS: Let's talk a little bit about what people are going to be getting in the box with the PS3.

PD: What you're getting in the box from our perspective is the best gaming system on the planet. I mean, there's technology in the PlayStation 3 that's leaps and bounds ahead of what's on the market today and what our competitors are offering. Sony's perspective when we launch a new platform is that we're really thinking about the next 10 years. We're not heading back to consumers and saying, "OK, now if you want a hard drive, you got to shell out another couple of hundred bucks. Or if you want to get an HD player, we're going to ask you to do that as peripheral." Everything is included in the PlayStation 3. You've got a Blu-ray player. You've got a hard disk drive in both units. You've got Cell technology. This is a machine that you're going to have in your living room for the next 10 years.

But in addition to that, you're getting a revolutionary new wireless controller, the Sixaxis motion controller, which really changes the way you play the game, and it puts you one step closer to being in the game. You're getting HDMI output in both units. When you see what PlayStation 3 games look like in high definition, it blows you away. We started to see that at the Tokyo Game Show when people walked through the booth and saw all these games running in high def. When you see it, it's just jaw dropping. I think we're going to sell a lot of high-def televisions just by people seeing what these PlayStation 3s look like at retail and saying, "I got to get one of those in my home."

GS: How about the PS3 online plans?

PD: Well, it'll all be ready day one. So on November 17, if you're one of the lucky guys who goes out and gets a PlayStation 3, when you plug it in, you're ready to play online against your friends and that's all free. We've got a little bit of a different perspective on how that should work. From a commerce perspective, there are several different types of content that we're offering via the PlayStation Network. And some of these are what you might expect. So if you get a game like Resistance: Fall of Man, games like that will have microtransactions. You'll be able to buy weapons and maps, levels, racing games--it's another, another great way to offer additional content. So those are the things that I kind of put in one bucket called microtransactions. And those will be from 50 cents up to a couple of bucks. We're leaving it up to the publishers and developers. We'll have our pricing models for the Sony first-party games, but we're not dictating what the third party should be charging. That's really up to them on a game-by-game basis.

The next bucket of digital content that we're making available are fully downloadable games. These are games that were developed by our Worldwide Studios organization specifically for the PlayStation 3 to show off its technology. The neat thing about some of these games is that some of them are designed to be in 1080p while others are not quite so high of a spec. But they're all designed for the PlayStation 3. They're not merely retreads of other games that we kind of cobbled together and threw them up on the Internet. They're really designed to show off the power of the PS3. These types of games are out there and satisfy a completely different experience.

Now another type of downloadable game that we're really excited about are original PlayStation games, and we're really looking forward to leveraging our back catalog. The PlayStation 3 is backward compatible from day one, with PlayStation or PlayStation 2 games. But over time, we'll be adding to the online experience by making great PlayStation games available via the PlayStation Network. You can then play them on your PSP, which we talked about, which is a really cool feature. But in addition, in the future you'll be able to play these on your PlayStation 3 as well. So I think it's a great advantage for us leveraging that great library of games that people, many of whom grew up with and giving them a taste of those again on PlayStation 3.

GS: What's the release schedule like for old PS2 and original PlayStation games to be rolled out on the PlayStation Network Platform?

PD: We want to have a lineup of games available day one so that we can give people a taste. But we also know that the beauty of the online environment is that you can add to it as you go. Whatever we have on day one, we're focused on making that a very compelling experience. But we're not going to just say, "OK, that's it. Knock yourselves out." I mean, we're going to add to it--every day and every week there'll be new content going out. So with respect to things like PlayStation games, we've got a back catalog of thousands of games and many of them are first-party games. But we're also going to be working closely with the third parties to evangelize them, making them available in the store, and those will be added on a regular basis as we go forward.

Very similarly, some of these other games will be fully downloadable games--we'll have a steady stream of those available, as well. Also, we'll be looking to do some episodic content so that there are planned releases throughout the year to keep people involved in the storylines that are going on.

GS: So, Sony's got a ton of games already because of their legacy, but do you foresee maybe classic arcade games winding up on the PlayStation Network Platform, too?

PD: Well, we think we've got some very classic games of our own. And classic arcade games, many times they're really from a PC heritage, and there's an audience for that. But we think console gamers are going to be more excited about playing some great classic console games. So I'll throw out some names, and we haven't nailed down that'll be available day one. But these are all games that you will find coming soon to a PlayStation Network near you. Games like Jumping Flash, which had a great core gamer appeal. Many of these games didn't really find a huge commercial audience, but were some of the best critically acclaimed games. Another game I'm excited about is the original Warhawk. We're coming out with the new version of Warhawk, as you know, and what better way than to take you back to the roots of what Warhawk was all about and give people a taste as well as introducing people who never had that experience to say, "What is this Warhawk thing I've heard about?" Here's the first one.

The other thing that this allows us to do is broaden the portfolio of the platform from day one. So, we'll obviously have games like Resistance: Fall of Man, a great core-gamer game, and if you bring that back into the house that you've got a little brother who maybe isn't ready to be playing a Mature-rated game like Resistance. Now you can go up on the Network and pull down some great, classic games. So really, there's something for everybody.

GS: So, you're talking about the Sony catalog and bringing a bunch of old games online. Does this also present the opportunity for releasing games that became cult favorites but never came out in the US?

PD: The beautiful thing about the PlayStation Network is that we have no limitation on shelf space. Oftentimes the commercial decisions come about because of what US retailers going to get left behind. Can they sell enough of a game that maybe has a real kind of niche appeal but just isn't mass market enough to make sense on the shelf? We could find room for that on a PlayStation Network environment and offer people games like that all day long. So that's something that we're very excited about, and again leveraging that back catalog, which is something that our competitors just can't do.

GS: Can you give us an insight into how you're securing content? Obviously, there's a PlayStation back catalog. Do you guys have strong emphasis on original games from outside third-party developers?

PD: So the downloadable games that we have from day one--some of them were created by established teams within our Worldwide Studios organization. [God of War designer] Dave Jaffe is the brains behind Criminal Crackdown and is spending time on these other types of games, and he's very excited about them. So you've got the leading pedigree of game designers out there thinking about that type of thing.

But the other avenue is that it opens up ways to get smaller developers involved and much smaller teams. There's a lot been written about gaming for next-generation platforms, and how it is going to require hundreds of people and the programming power is going to require armies of programmers, armies of artists. There's some truth to that in terms of where the industry is going. But I think many of these games were developed by two-, four-, and six-man teams and they're just a lot of fun to play. So it does give people a chance to get involved and not just make games for their own sake but to make them for the commercial outfit in the back end.

GS: Are you guys going to have enough controllers out there in case somebody wants to buy like four controllers for their unit?

PD: We know there'll be a lot of demand for the controllers, so we're making sure that we have as many of those as we can. If you go into a particular retailer, it's possible that they might not have it on day one or day two. We know that those types of things happen as you're beginning to fill a channel, but we'll catch up very quickly. We're very focused on having a steady stream of supply, not just on the hardware, so that we're not running dry on the peripherals, as well.

GS: And then how are you working with the retailers?

PD: With PlayStation 3, we're going to have demand that just well outstrips supply, and that's really what happens with any launch. We've been through this a number of times. We know how it works. Let's face it, there's 40 million PlayStation 2s used in the US, and there's a lot of fans who can't wait to upgrade to the PlayStation 3. It just can't all happen on day one. So we've discouraged retailers from generating waiting lists that might take months and months to work themselves through and instead are focused on providing them with a steady flow of hardware. So that what you see on November 17 will be followed up, week by week, with hardware that can help fill the channel. And again, it's going to be a mad dash to make sure we have enough, and I'm sure everyone will want one and not everyone is going to get one initially, but that's just really the nature of the beast.

Our focus has always been not so much on day one. Launches are important, and we're going to celebrate the launch, and it's a very important thing to us. But really, we talk a lot about being in it for the long term, so we want to make sure that from January to March, we've got hardware.

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alexman234
alexman234

i havent had to replace my ps2 i only got the slim 1 when it came out and works fine

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

"'m one of the "40 million" people that bought a ps2. and i wonder how many out of those 40 million actually still work...probably like half.. there are not 40 million people that own a ps2... admit it, who here hasn't had to replace their ps2 at least once?" you're making a big deal outta it me and all my friends ps2's work flawlessly none of us have had to replace

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Im the most sane one here obviously. The playstation 1 and 2 was successful because of franchises and guess what, most of them are back. Games like Final Fantasy 13, Tekken 6, and Metal Gear Solid 4 sale systems. People can whine about the blue-ray but THAT IS what the PS3 is about. Sony makes the system as they see fit. People who want to jump to HD quality movies now can at a cheaper price. I will take advantage of it. Especially when there is more studio support for Blue Ray than there is for HD-DVD. I have a 360 and its great. I have a pre-ordered Wii. I can't wait to get it but damn. The PS3 is going to be a good system based on games by Square Enix, Naughty Dog, Level 5, and many of Sony's own studios. This system will sale big but not PS2 big but will have the same gradual surges as did the PS2. Whining about it gets nowhere. In fact wishing for the PS3's death or whatever immature hopes gives less of a challenge for rivals to come up with something better and innovative. Cheering them all on gives YOU better games! You wont be naive anymore.

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

If I win the lottery Ill get one.LOL

maco_cuz
maco_cuz

lol lose race....its gonna be along race it hasn't even started yet give them all a few years

Drizzle
Drizzle

I'm really starting to think that maybe Sony could actually lose the race. With only 9 days to launch, charts are not looking good for Sony right now. That's not to say it's not a great system. Heck I'm hella looking forward to it! But what we really need to see is how well Sony can gain ground over the next year. I really feel for Sony share holders right now. The gaming industry is now a major part of the company and so much is riding on the success of the PS3.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

"But in addition to that, you're getting a revolutionary new wireless controller, the Sixaxis motion controller, which really changes the way you play the game, and it puts you one step closer to being in the game. " lol. they're so ridiculous. yeah sony, you're very innovative. and i also like that part when he said the ps3 is going to sell a lot of high def. tv's...that just goes to show what sony has on its mind. and it's not the gamer. and about that whole having the ps3 in your living room for the next 10 years...no...only to play games maybe. by that time, blu-ray will be cheap and affordable and will be much better quality than it is now. just like every other format does...that is, if blu-ray even succeeds. "there's 40 million PlayStation 2s used in the US, and there's a lot of fans who can't wait to upgrade to the PlayStation 3" ha...trying to sound confident eh? i'm one of the "40 million" people that bought a ps2. and i wonder how many out of those 40 million actually still work...probably like half.. there are not 40 million people that own a ps2... admit it, who here hasn't had to replace their ps2 at least once? my first one broke but i didn't buy a new one. i bought it used. i'm never going to take a gamble with sony's crap anymore. i'm not going to deal with them.

zaokamura
zaokamura

Whats the point of buying this thing at launch again?

Masoud03
Masoud03

im sick of this freakin CONSOLE WARS . i just wanna a PS3 and i dont give a damn about anthing else !

everythingj
everythingj

It's all about how a year ago, there was debate if sony would come out on top in the next-gen war with microsoft and nintendo. Now, there is talk about how the PS3 may not even survive, "It would not surprise me if a year from now they’ll (sony) be struggling to sell 1 million units. [Factoring in the PS3’s price], I think in the U.S. the number of early adopters (of the PS3) you have is actually around 300,000." -Nolan Bushnell talking to red herring i've been saying this for some time now about the console wars. people who want something new and innovative, will eventually buy the wii people who like next gen at a manageble cost (with the games and graphics to match the ps3 at a lower cost), buy the xbox 360 people who absolutely HAVE to play the ps3 exclusive games, (bad enough to throw down 600$) buy the ps3.

gramatonnags
gramatonnags

@newtech12 Too bad that 8.4 million fans will not get it at launch. @Kooleman8 That was the best comment ever. The subtle humor was frakking awesome. I personally think that the ps3 will be a good piece of hardware. I hope they don't have a massive recal shortly after being released. I am not too interested in having a ps3 though. The ps3 will have some good exclusive games but to me it still does not make it worthed buying it to me. Some say that the extra shortage of units at launch is part of marketing and others say it's just what it is, shortage. To me either reasons suck. If it's due to the the first reason, then it sucks even more. I don't know what kind of marketing it would be when there are supposedly "8.9 million" fans interested in purchasing a console on day one and less than 5% of units for the interested fans. If I were a hardcore PS fan and that was the reason for the shortage, I'd be offended.

diggyman
diggyman

Disappointment. 400,000 units? Nintendo Wii 2 days later and much cheaper? Many more units available? Parents buying for their kids? No brainer. Ill prepared, Sony's taking a holidy blow to the B@ll$ Sony ACTS like it's not a problem... I'm not a fanboy. In fact, I'm equally excited about the release of the PS3 as I am with Wii. I'm not, however, a fan of bad business either. That's exactly what this is. Too busy injecting their systems with steroids to realize what time it is. Now they're comming up short... on YOU. If you can find one, enjoy.

diggyman
diggyman

Disappointment. 400,000 units? Nintendo Wii 2 days later and much cheaper? Many more units available? Parents buying for their kids? No brainer. Ill prepared, Sony's taking a holidy blow to the B@ll$ Sony ACTS like it's not a problem... I'm not a fanboy. In fact, I'm equally excited about the release of the PS3 as I am with Wii. I'm not, however, a fan of bad business either. That's exactly what this is. Too busy injecting their systems with steroids to realize what time it is. Now they're comming up short... on YOU. If you can find one, enjoy.

wezalee
wezalee

I'm happy to pay extra for mgs4, final fantasy XIII and resi 5 (and god of war 3 and bully 2??) - and hopefully gta iv will be better on ps3 than 360 (rockstars experience in programming for sony's machines should give ps3 the edge) - don't get me wrong, halo on original xbox was great but nothing else about 360 really excites me (except maybe gears of war!)

encryptkeeper
encryptkeeper

What a load of crap. Best gaming machine on the planet my ass. Where is the trademark expansive library of games that sold the PS2? You're going to have a hard time this generation sony. Your PSP is the strongest handheld gaming system in the market and it's light years behind DS. Don't think it's all about raw power, or this system will wind up like the Sega Dreamcast.

Kahuna_1
Kahuna_1

ignore my release date comments like usual hahaha, halo 3....halo 3....is that all anyone can say? halo is seriously overrated people, its a good game and its fun with friends, but be serious..ITS NOT REVOLUTIONARY! any who i dont care about anything anymore or what anyone says im buying what i want like everyone else should do...anyone see the eb bundles for the wii? $699.99, they are some serious bast***s

evilyoda861
evilyoda861

Boy...*starts chewing gum* Sony is dead. Everyone I talk to though I never say anything good about the system, *nothing comes to mind* but even when I go well...it doesn't look too bad..."customer: Nah too much money, and it doesn't really look any better than the 360, and well, my kids will be able to play more Wii games "ME: Yeah I agree sir, exactly my thinking as well, you will enjoy the Wii sir, very affordable and some pretty cool games that are very innovative. Have a good day sir. "customer: Thanks I am sure I will. See that's almost the hundredth conversation I have had and even when I try to defend it, Halo3 comes out with more awesome news and I am just left awed that I even tried to help poor sony out....Oh well goodbye Sony not that I care really.

Kooleman8
Kooleman8

Nice work, and fellas this is the sony company, they can do everything, perhaps they'll research the control and make it Vibrate

True_Sephiroth8
True_Sephiroth8

Microsoft attempting to nullify the launch of the PS3 is like the Antichrist trying to stop Jesus--He's on his way no matter what you're gonna do. And when he does, he's gonna pwn someone. Don't put down PS3 or scream about how Sony's laying their grave. No matter how high the price, people will still buy out the Yinyang. And it will burn like salt in a wound.

newtech12
newtech12

@AceCometh I don't know where you get your delusions from but the PS3 launch lineup has been widely regarded as one of the best ever. Nice try though. And if you really think 'your opinion' is accurate you'd at least have to admit your in a severe minority as there is an estimated 8.9 million gamers in the US alone interested in purchasing a PS3 at launch.

AceCometh
AceCometh

I seem to anger all the fanboys when I give my humble but accurate opinion on the PS3, so I'll make it short. Anyone else notice how Peter Dille kept saying "from our perspective"? By the price of the machine and total lack of good launch titles(most are ports), Sony obviously no longer cares about their customers' perspective.

andyboucher1986
andyboucher1986

Kahuna_1, That is partially correct for things that happen in the short run, but if you expect a game to remain online capable for more than a short-period of time. Let's say that you have a game that sells 100,000 copies just to keep it a round number. It is going to cost approximately $60 per game (i'm not sure of the actual pricing) so you make about $6,000,000 in revenue from game sales. Now, server upkeep fees, we'll assume are about $10 a month. With each of those 100,000 people playing on the network, it will cost about $1,000,000 a month to support all of them. Granted the $10 figure is probably less than accurate, but even if you severly undercut that and guess-timate around $5 per person, all of the revenue from said game would evaporate by the end of the first year of the game's life. This would slowly eat away at the net income of the product and Sony isn't stupid. Sony knows what they're doing for the most part. That cost is going to be reflected somewhere. Supporting a massive network of online games for free, primarily on game sales, will not support the network as a whole or else MMOs wouldn't need to charge money. Also, Sony doesn't directly make money from many of those game sales that will be online anyway. Sony does have a lot of third party developers for the PS3 at the moment and those companies are not bound to give all their money to Sony for their game revenue. Sony does have a lot of money, but given the already substantial margin Sony is losing in console sales (selling price minus production cost = negative number for the moment) plus upkeep for servers needing extreme bandwidth capabilities (for voice/video chatting plus gaming), Sony stands to lose a lot of money somehow. Anyway you look at it though, the money has to come from somewhere. A common economical statement taught to us in college is, "There's no free lunch." That means that someone somewhere pays for everything and that nothing is free because we live in a society of scarcity. Therefore, I would expect to see the costs of this deferred somehow, either in the cost of the software, which is unsustainable, or an eventual payment plan either to Sony or the game developers themselves if they are forced to run their own servers.

OMasterBeefO
OMasterBeefO

Ok, so online's free. Obviously that's an expensive venture, as some other comments have pointed out. Does this mean tha the majority of servers will hgave to be CREATED BY PLAYERS? If it does, prepare for super lagginess. But if it isn't, well, Sony had better have all this money they say they do. As for blu-ray, I don't see the point in adding about $300AUS to the price for something not everyone wants. Microsoft was smart with making HD-DVD optional, bringing the console price down. And no-one tell me that blu-ray = bigger games. What developer is actually going to fill up 54gb? The largest game size I've seen so far on PC is 7gb (Condemned), and that's including the many different res textures for different powered PCs, so I'd assume it's about 5gb for console. I seriously doubt any developer will create a game that goes over 9gb this generation (the size of the 360's DL-DVD). The power of the PS3 is also seriously over-hyped. The cell processor IS more powerful than A SINGLE CORE of the 360's TRI-core processor. What about the games coming out using the 360's 3 cores? I'll stick with the true examples of games, not tech-demos. Everyone was all "ooh-aah" over the rubber-duck tech demo for PS3, but games WILL NOT look like that. It does not have AI, draw-distances, large numbers of textures or particle effects like real games do. Even the critics admitted that MotorStorm looked vastly inferior when played to the tech demo last year. Believe the games people, not the videos. And as for online, pull it off Sony and you're a god. Twist your words as you usually do with your promises, and you'll go down. I'm already predicting a "we said online was free! We never said we'd make the servers for you..." comments after launch.

Kahuna_1
Kahuna_1

sony is loaded, they have servers, plus the money they make from online games keeps them up

andyboucher1986
andyboucher1986

So with this Playstation Network Platform that is supposedly going to cost the gamers nothing at all to have, for all intents and purposes, equal playability to the XBOX Live subscription service, I was just wondering, who is paying the fees for server maintenance? Servers are not free and keeping how many ever customers online at all times for free is a serious financial endeavor. For XBOX Live, Microsoft has provided the servers for the game companies to use and only asks that they make their games compatible with their system that they pay for which is funded by the subscription fees from XBOX Live. Therefore, all the game servers and such for games like Halo 2 and all the stat-keeping systems are all ran from a server collective in Microsoft. Once again, who is going to pay the server fees for the Playstation Network Platform? I have been wondering about this for a very, very long time. Games like Counter-strike or Half-Life 2 (as an example, you could insert the name of almost any other game that's not an MMO because you have to pay for those for the very same reason) are supported by player-run servers and have very few, if any, first-party gaming servers. But, those games are on the PC and it is relatively easy to run a server for those games. The only way I can see it, since Sony has offered no information on first party servers, unlike Microsoft, and since the players themselves will be unable to run servers for the console, since it is just that, a console, the only possible person that I could see providing server space is the game developers themselves and to keep the entire network free, it will seriously bite into their bottom line and could possibly prevent smaller developers from entering the PS3's market (assuming the ideas are online savvy). I'm not trying to throw down some ultimate nay-saying or anything, I'm just really concerned about how their online system will function from month after month of constant expenses due to server fees.

GigaDestroyer
GigaDestroyer

PS3 was supposed to be the best and i thought it could easily beat Wii and 360 but Sony just messed it up. I mean why did they take away the beloved vibration function and put in some silly motion sensing. Sure the motion sensing might make a few games a little more interesting but the vibration feature still seems like an important part of the gaming experience to me. If they really wanted motion sensing they could have just toned down the vibration a bit so that the two could work together. On the other hand, free online play sounds really sweet. I live in M'sia so online services like Xbox Live is pretty expensive here.

Kahuna_1
Kahuna_1

FPS/Racing/sports games are 100x better on the 360. everyone knows call of duty 3 is ganna be soo much better on the 360 and i dont think madden 07 will be better on the PS3 are you joking? GT3 and GT4 plus GT5, i dominate people on madden for playstation 2, but when it comes to the xbox, the controllers slow me down...why are black and white pass buttons? also FPS ARE THE BEST FOR THE PC...AND GEARS OF WAR IS OVERRATED BECAUSE IT HAS NOT EVEN BEEN RATED YET! honestly when it was a ps3 only title everyone said it blows, it sucks, its worthless...now its on the 360..OMFGGG PWZNIZZLEDDASFIASF how ever you morons spell those words. glad no ever talks about the wii.

Kahuna_1
Kahuna_1

Xbox launched nov 2001, Xbox 360 launched nov 2005, Ps2 launced oct 2000, and ps3 will launch nov 2006 Whats this mean? microsoft needs 2 xboxs to contend with one playstation system...you guys are the ones that got robbed, you payed 300 for an xbox and 4 years later you payed 300-400 for a 360.

Ne0zEEd
Ne0zEEd

blah..all crap..blah..the devil sony is..blah..

Duel_core
Duel_core

I just want to say the "sixaxis" controller come 'on could of thought of a better name....

yawannataco
yawannataco

"a revolutionary new wireless controller, the Sixaxis motion controller, which really changes the way you play the game, and it puts you one step closer to being in the game." He forgot to say they stole the "revolutionary" part from Nintendo. They've become such a sleazy company...

darthfrag
darthfrag

I played the PS3 at the PS3 Source Event in NCY yesterday and I'm here to tell you to wait until the price drops in a year or so. I saw roughly 15 games on display and personally played five or six of them, including "Resistance: Fall of Man" and "Lair", and there's nothing that this system is doing that the 360 can't do for $200 less, unless you've bought into Sony's hype that Blu-Ray is the New Hotness. In as even a comparison as I can muster, the PS3 (running in full-on 1080P courtesy of Sony flat screens) looked on par with the 360 in games that they share, like the new Tony Hawk and Sonic games. Call of Duty 3 was one of the games I played personally, and it actually looked pretty ugly compared to last year's CoD 2 on the 360. As for Sony's execs bragging about short load times, I timed the load screens on Resistance to average 20-25 seconds to load between levels... That's not from a cold start, but BETWEEN LEVELS. I'll eventually buy one, but not for $600. They can cram their Blu-Ray while I continue to fully enjoy my 360 and its parallel performance. Save your money, kids... The Wii60 package is the way to go if you have money to burn.

therealsarsi
therealsarsi

Glad to see online is free... but I keep getting the feeling that the message they're sending is that if you don't own a hdtv this console might not be for you... any ideas on where to get one though? I'm thinking game stores definatly won't have it...

thisiharat
thisiharat

I will get a PS3 sooner or later simply becuz not only a great hardware, it's the ONLINE gaming is free (and just as great) alone is worth it!

god_of_shawn
god_of_shawn

quote: serpent02 Repus is completely correct. Sony made a BIG mistake putting blu ray right in the system. Blu Ray should have been a separate add on b/c WE DON"T ALL WANT BLU RAY. Nobody even knows whether its going to be HD=DVD or Blu Ray that wins the format wars. Microsoft was smart and made HD-DVD an add-on. I have a 360 and i dont want HD-DVD or Blu Ray. And as for the old Playstation downloads...for PSP cool....for PS3 who cares. If you actually liked certain original playstation games alot you would have the actual discs and can play them on your PS3...Backwards Compatibility. I had a ps2 and xbox. Im sticking with just an Xbox 360 until PS3 is reduced to a price that actually makes the system worth it for the games it has. I havent seen too many games that Im willing to pay $600 for a system to play on. And i think the motion controller thing is pretty dumb. Buy a car wheel if you want a good arcade experience for a racing game. I personally think Sony made some BIG mistakes for this console generation. The next generation players r all using blu-rays disc and if u want to play playstation games u can download it for FREE and u no need to spend ur $$$ on buying playstation disc? I doubt now any1 sells playstation disc....and how much u think a car wheel cost? Buy a controller n a care wheel? U think every1's as rich as u? I personally think U had made BIG mistakes crapping around.

Trogeton
Trogeton

GAH!!! So bad with PATIENCE..Vice City Stories, and Bully should keep me occupies just long enough..love my sony devices

Doolum
Doolum

The day draws near....

a_dirty_hippie
a_dirty_hippie

see the problem is. i dunno there really isnt a problem except i just craped my self reading this because im so excited ow ya and my 360 just ate blockbusters copy of FEAR because my freaking disk try wont open. ya thats right i have a 360 but i really cant wait for my ps3. im not really a fan boy i just cream over what ever has the best hardware. and 360 owners dont deny it. i mean im not so ya. i really dont care who "wins" because these are multi billion dollar corparations. and now im just waiting for some games that will acctully tap the power of these frigging consoles SO WE CAN DO SOME GAMING. YAA CAN I GET AN AMEN!

_Sam_
_Sam_

I'm glad ps3 online is free

merlin321
merlin321

well ps3 is being a good guy and the 360 was being a bad guy! ps3 is saying that they will not have enough copies so there gonna have to push the date back where as 360 just realsed it for crimbo and they went out of stock so quickly it f*ck*d everyone off

shinrock_live
shinrock_live

if sony would come out 2day to admit that they are messin up, i will go out an d pre-order a ps3 2day,enven if i wasn't goin to get it until feb or march.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Gamespot: "What are Sonys plans for the PS3 launch?" Sony rep: "Oh we are going to hype the thing to the max then ship 20 units, per normal procedure. Its not considered a hot item unless people get arrested trying to get one!" heheh a little joke there but you would think a company would just FLOOD the market with as many machines as they could on launch day. I have a feeling that even IF Sony could make a zillion a day they would still just dink around and ship, like, 5 to each city on the planet. Drives me nuts.

sony_boy_18
sony_boy_18

HEY EVERYONE THE PS3 SHIPS IN 16 DAYS .YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

FortuneC00kie
FortuneC00kie

I love the PS2, it's awesome. It's still easily the best game system right now, including 360. But they're seriously messing up with the PS3. Explain to me, exactly how "The PS3 will kick wii`s ass. ONLY THE PS3 MATTERS IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY!!! ." when both systems will sell out, and there are literally more then a million more Wii's being shipped? Not to mention the crappy launch titles of the PS3. One cool game (that people don't even know much about) can't beat 25 day 1 launch titles (10-15 of which are very very good games.) I plan on buying a PS3 two years from now, when it comes down to the price it's worth, and it atleast has good games. Edit: I also found it absolutely hilarious that the guy is trying to say the six axis controller (That doesn't even work properly at the moment) will be a revolutionary controller. It's such a joke.

sony_boy_18
sony_boy_18

joseizcue The PS3 will kick wii`s ass. ONLY THE PS3 MATTERS IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY!!! . . . . . i know thats right! ps3 is the real next gen.i cant wait to get on november 17.

joseizcue
joseizcue

The PS3 will kick wii`s ass. ONLY THE PS3 MATTERS IN THE GAMING INDUSTRY!!!

Deyee
Deyee

*yawn* I'm not picking one up until February.