Archive for April, 2008
Wow, PSN is on a roll with content. Brand new store with GT5:P last week, echochrome this week, a demo of Siren next week. Very nice.
I had a feeling it wasn’t going to fully ready by spring. I was thinking there was going to be a open beta at least. Now it’s pushed back until fall. I can see delaying it because it’s not ready. But at least let us look at it. We know it’s Beta, and everything isn’t 100% yet. Home has great potential but Sony sure is taking their time.
“We understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer, but we have come to the conclusion that we need more time to refine the service to ensure a more focused gaming entertainment experience than what it is today,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “Our overarching objective is to provide users with new gaming experiences that are available only on PLAYSTATION Home. Spending more time on the development and on the Closed Beta testing reaffirms our commitment to bringing a quality service, maintaining the PlayStation tradition.”
Back in 2004, just before the release of San Andreas, Dan Houser said this in an interview:
The danger is currently the storage medium (DVD), and one we thing we’re all praying for in the next round of hardware is that they don’t just go, ‘It’s DVD again’.
That would sound like blatant console-wars flame-bait if said today, but back in 2004, it was a little more innocent.
Suprisingly, the same Dan Houser recently made more comments along those lines in another interview:
When you only had a CD as opposed to DVD, you could put like 10 songs and eight lines of dialogue and that was your entire game. We were lovingly casting all our actors in “GTA 2” to be DJs on radio stations, but they probably said three things each. The big technological advance was when things moved to DVD, almost more than the power of Playstation 2. It was the storage unit. You could suddenly put on a lot of audio a lot more animation and a lot more content in a world. That then gave us the opportunity of making that content interesting.
Regardless of tech and platform issues, this game sounds absolutely amazing.
UPDATE: Rockstar Games founder, Sam Houser, was even more blunt in an interview with 1UP:
One of the problems with the 360, and it affects games like Grand Theft Auto if you think about how much content we put in the actual machine, is the fact that they don’t have a significantly larger storage medium than the previous systems. It’s a slightly bigger DVD disc.
What do most typicaly people use home PCs for?
- Web Browsing. This is the biggest and broadest use and covers many types of web applications.
- Messaging: Email and IM
- Word Processing + Spreadsheets
- Music + Photos + Movies
The PS3 is way ahead of home computers for games, and it’s better for movies (IMO) as well. But the PS3 still has a ways to go in several other areas. What if the PS3 made these improvements:
- Made a really good web browser. The current browser is great for occasional use when you don’t have a PC handy, but realistically, no one would use the existing browser for their main web browsing. But what if the PS3 really did make a great browser that was nearly as good as a PC: fast, standards compliant, tabs, improved support for USB mouse/keyboard, search box, cookie management, all the preferences and options that power users want, and something that overall could be used as a primary browser. I don’t know if this is possible given PS3′s hardware design, but if they did this, people could use web applications for regular email, word processing, and spreadsheet functionality.
- Impoved Music and Photo apps. PS3 has great music and photo features, but they still are missing many of the polish and features found in the better PC software such as iTunes, Windows Media, or Picasa.
- IM. There are web clients, but the native clients work better. Also, people want to use their existing IM networks (AIM, Jabber, etc), not just the PSN network.
Sure, all the programmers, 3D animators, CAD people, and other specialty users want general purpose computers with apps highly tailored to their specific needs, but why does the common user who basically wants a web terminal need a full-blown general purpose Windows/Linux/Mac computer?
If the PS3 did the above, would people really start using the PS3 as a genuine home computer replacement? Would you start seeing PS3′s on desks and in small offices in addition to living rooms?
Kind of a slow week. But not a terrible week by any means. Anything for you?
* The Orphanage (New Line Cinema)
* Six Degrees Could Change the World (National Geographic)
* One Missed Call (Warner Bros.)
* Sublime: Uncut (Warner Bros.)