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Phil Harrison Talks talks Online and More | has yet another interview with Phil Harrison. This one is a bit old too, coming from between the Game Developer’s Conference and E3. But there was still some interesting tidbits in there. Like how the networking platform will play out. Phil says that the Sony model is more open than Microsoft’s.

On one side, you’ve got Microsoft or AOL, with their “walled garden” approach. And on the other extreme, you’ve got Google or the open Internet, with uncontrolled, unregulated access to all. And where do we sit on that continuum? Well, it’s definitely more the [Google] way than the [Microsoft] way.

This kind of open architecture could attract developers like Blizzard, who have said that they wouldn’t port World of Warcraft to Xbox Live because they couldn’t have control over their own servers.

There was also an interesting conversatioin about user-created content:

the next concentric ring out is user-created content, which might [entail] making tools available where the user can download them.

So imagine whole modding communities springing up around PS3 console games. Wouldn’t that be cool?

The Overlord: Phil Harrison Talks Sony, PS3 and the Future

  • Thing is, Sony says, its !! MORE !! open than MSs approach… More doesnt mean fully… Live “forces” the devs and stuff to “give” MS their servers and stuff, so they can put them online for live… Sony makes it decentralized, so the devs can put up servers of their own, where they want to…

    Mods would be very cool, but as it is still Sony, it will be VERY limited… I am still in pure hope, that Sony allows homebrew!!

    As the EU told Sony, that the PS2 is NO computer, maybe they’ll listen and make the PS3 really programmable for end users (and of course a FULLY FLEDGED distri of Linux!)… That way, the PS3 REALLY IS a computer!

  • Matt

    Live is not a closed garden. FFXI is run by Square-Enix, not Microsoft. Microsoft can open their Live service to developers and will continue to do so in the future. The fact is that developers don’t want to run the servers. This cost them money. This is why I pay Microsoft $50 a year. I still fail to see how Sony can run a service that competes with Live that is free. If I owned stock I would be placing some phone calls.

    Modding will never happen with a console. The risk is to high.