Sony president says PS3 will replace PC

1 June 2006
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Sony PlayStation 3This is hilarious, read on: Besides defending the PS3 controller copying from Nintendo, Phil Harrison, president of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios, took time to evangelize the PS3 in a German interview. The PS3 will launch worldwide this November.

In particular he said the Linux-based operating system on the console’s hard drive will have enough processing power and non-gaming functionalities to render traditional PCs, most of which use a form of Microsoft’s Windows OS, moot in the home. “We believe that the PS3 will be the place where our users play games, watch films, browse the Web, and use other (home) computer functions,” said Harrison. “The PlayStation 3 is a computer. We do not need the PC.

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    • Hentai_Jeff

      correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t sony have some sort of idea for motion sensing awhile ago, like in he PS1 era. I also think that parts of the Revolution (refuse to call it the Wii) seem to copy off the eyetoy’s functionality. don’t get me wrong I plan to buy both systems, and the revolution on opening day unlike the PS3, but I think that noone should be accused of ripping off things. Sony’s a Japanese company and the Japanese as a ppl are known for adopting other culture’s values as they see fit, why can’t sony do the same?

    • supadupagama

      Jeff, while we’re unbiased here, I realize it might sound accusing. That’s because PS3 developers didn’t know about the new motion controller until 1 month ago, despite Sony announcing their new controller 1 year ago. Sony saying they probably developed their motion controllers in tandem doesn’t add up. I personally don’t care about them having it or not, because developers can choose to put it in their games or not, and up until 1 month ago all games have been developed without the function in mind.

    • Hentai_Jeff

      you have a point but then agian what if they were keeping it secret just because of this. it’s my personal belief that sony started a redesign after there was poor reception of the boomerang controller, among these things came the idea for motion senceing. also if you notice 2 big things, 1. the Revolution controler isn’t exactly living up to expectations, and 2. the PS3 controler is really a PS2 controler with no rumble and a very clumsy motion sensor, given the apparent crappyness of the new addition I’m not sure if sony even really intended to do this. and BTW I was half right before, there was a patent made out in the PS1 days by sony for this technology. on the computer market, I’m not sure if he’s anywhere near on point, even as a linux user myself I’m not quite sure how this linux out of the box thing will go. will the cell processors act like a beowulf cluster inside the PS3? will ppl who prefer windows take to PS3 linux? and most importantly will the kernal be stuck in a primitive version like PS2 linux was?

    • DBX00

      People are taking his quote about the PS3 not needing a computer completely out of context. He was responding to LiveAnywhere saying that the PS3 wouldn’t need to interact with a computer to do certain tasks because it is a computer. Hence, “The PlayStation 3 is a computer. We do not need the PC.“ That’s completely different than saying that the PS3 will completely replace your computer.

    • supadupagama

      Jeff, the two motion sensing controllers are very different, I’ll give you that. While it’s not a crime to bring different technology together in their own hardware, it’s gotten a bit crazy when in the past Sony added analog controls and later a rumble function after Nintendo added it to their controllers before. That’s why it’s easy to see where the copycat label came from. I can’t answer your questions about the ps3 cluster workings though, although when they first spoke of it, they made it sound like an online world dominating Skynet system 😉

      DBX00, the place his comments came from is Sony’s overal vision to own your livingroom. He actually says it right above the quote I bolded. It’s not even a bad thing per definition either, they wanted the ps2, psx and now the ps3 to be all-in-one for your convience mediaboxes, but that’s hardly going to replace your pc any time soon.

    • Hentai_Jeff

      well if the PS2 cluster project is any indication, someone’s gonna try to tie the PS3 into a cluster and see what they can do.

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    • fernando

      😈 sony wont replace psp after power malfunction saying its not covered in wrranties.come you spend 300 dollars on these systems but cant replace the sh*t unless you spend another hundred.

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