With all of the terribly negative attention on Sony’s upcoming Playstation 3 console, you’d think that they’d take that to heart and really think about what they say in the coming months. Well rather than take that approach, the higher-ups at Sony continue to plant their feet firmly in their mouths.
Ken Kutaragi has decided to take a break from boring us to death with how the PS3 and Cell processors’ technical specs will save console gaming from its demise. This time, it’s Sony executive Phil Harrison, who in a interview with GamePro, claims that adding the controversial Blu-Ray capability to the PS3 was a necessity for the games, and that it’s inclusion for movie playback was a “non-existent” cost:
There’s this sort of misunderstanding that the Blu-ray disc player for movies is somehow burdening the console with unnecessary cost. That is completely not true. We put our Blu-ray Disc functionality in the console purely from a game design point of view. Once we had that storage capacity on Blu-ray Disc, adding the movie playback functionality was extremely cost-effective, [the cost] is actually non-existent
How arrogant can Sony be? There is little evidence that Blu-Ray will improve gaming one iota. There are very few games that I can think of that require more than the storage that a standard DVD affords. In addition, early reports are that Blu-Ray based games will take longer to load when compared to DVD megabyte for megabyte. Video game developer’s costs to produce content skyrocketed as they began to produce movie-like cinematics and sound for DVD. In order to truly use the capacity of Blu-Ray, content production costs (and therefore game prices) will have to rise. Sure, Phil give an example of a game that’s already using 20GB of storage, but I wonder how much of that is game content, and how much is wasteful FMV sequences in full 1080p?
So let me get this straight: A format that makes games more expensive and load more slowly was really essential for the console’s gaming abilities… and it’s merely a coincidence that you’ve invested millions in rolling out Blu-Ray as a movie format that’s a core part of your corporate strategy? Give me a break.
Sony, it’s time to lay off of the crack pipe once and for all.
[via Opposable Thumbs]