May 26, 2006 - Digitial video recording functionality for the PS3? Downloadable PlayStation games on the PS3? The latest issue of Famitsu has some comments from two key Sony Computer Entertainment executives in which these features are discussed.
First up is Ken Kutaragi. The SCE chief told the magazine that while the PS3 demo units at E3 can be considered real hardware, the actual game demos at the show were not running off optical media. SCE had the games running off hard disk in order to download updates as the show progressed. This ability was apparently put to use with Gran Turismo HD, which, according to Kutaragi, saw updated versions on each day of the show.
Kutaragi also offered some comments on the PS3's price. Echoing statements from other interviews, Kutaragi joked that the price may actually be too low. He pointed out that the PS2 was $100 higher than competing machines at its release and ended up suffering a supply shortage.
Famitsu also scored commentary from Izumi Kawanishi, SCE's Software Platform Manager. One of Kawanishi's biggest revelations was that various generic devices can be connected to the PS3, and he noted that this will allow players to customize their machines to their own liking. Asked if the customization includes a television tuner, which would give the PS3 digital video recorder capabilities, he replied that this should be possible. He didn't go into specifics, so we'd advise against taking this to mean that you'll be able to record your favorite shows as soon as you pick up your PS3.
Kawanishi was also asked about SCE's plans for e-Distribution through the PS3. The e-Distribution program will begin at the PS3's launch, he confirmed. Planned features include game downloads and game item purchases; SCE is currently considering various forms of distribution.
PS3 game downloads recently became a reality with the posting of a job listing soliciting developers to work on a game exclusively for download. Kawanishi mentioned to Famitsu that downloads will take advantage of the backwards compatibility of the PlayStation family. Sadly, he didn't clarify, but given that the PSP will be able to play PlayStation games through emulation shortly, we're starting to get excited about revisiting some classic PlayStation titles, downloaded directly to the PS3's hard disk
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