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Phil Harrison Talks PS3 |

Game Informer had a little chat with Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, Phil Harrison after yesterday’s Sony Gamer’s Day event.

Here is what was revealed:

* If you have a USB hard drive full of music you can plug it in and transfer what you want onto your PS3 from day 1 but you can’t transfer movies or images just yet.

* You will be able to purchase movies & music from the PLAYSTATION Store to download onto your PS3 but not from day 1

* PS2 games won’t be available to download like PSone games due to the size but may be possible in the future

* Expect casual games, parlour games, family games etc to be available to download in the future

* PS3 games are region free but PS2 games aren’t. However, if PS2 games do make it to download they may be region free

* Expect to see the next-gen Eye Toy “early next year”

* Sony’s biggest rival this Nov is hardware supply and not rival consoles with less than 500,000 PS3s available at launch

Phil Harrison Talks PS3


  • I’m disappointed that the PS3 won’t be able to stream content from a network storage device. That’s where I have all my music. 🙁

  • You can’t transfer movies or images just yet …….. lame! I hope that feature is available very soon after launch.

  • These features seem a little rushed, which I don’t like. Sony has had a good track record of updating my PSP’s OS, so I’m looking forward to similar updates on my PS3.

  • It was rumoured that the next-gen Eye Toy would be available this year but it won’t arrive until early next year. That’s a shame so you’ll have to use the current Eye Toy with Eye of Judgement.

  • ehandlr

    Kinda upsetting….but the PSP can do most of this now…so I’m sure the PS3 will follow

  • matt

    I kind of figured a lot of the services wouldn’t be available at launch. Live took two years to get to a decent well rounded service that needed updates to get things right. These problems might not affect our European readers because the problems may be ironed out by their launch. I won’t be able to get one in the state for quite some time either so not a big deal for me.

    The PS3 online service at the start will be buggy and incomplete. I am sure Sony wants customer feedback and will change things the customers ask for. All of this isn’t really a big deal.

  • WonderSteve

    Man..why can’t PS2 games be region free as well. That would be one big reason for quite a bit of people to get it..

  • If psp firmware updates are any indication, features will be added and enhanced on a pretty regular basis. If i recall correctly, psp in a year went through about 6 or so updates (not counting the .x1 updates to fix security holes). So I wouldnt be surprised if things improve dramatically by the end of the year.