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GamePro Q&A: 5 Questions for Phil Harrison

GamePro editor Vicious Sid got an opportunity to speak with Sony executive Phil Harrison during Sony Computer Entertainment's Tokyo Game Show first-party PlayStation 3 preview.

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super bill3983d ago

that bloke is a twait.like all ps3 owners.360 RULES THE WORLD.

Antan3983d ago (Edited 3983d ago )

grow up you bufoon!

UrbanJabroni3983d ago

Now this is what video game journalis is all about...truly a breath of fresh air.

I'm glad that Gamepro finally asked the tough qiestions, such as:

"The PlayStation 3 games on display at TGS look great. There's been quite an improvement over the last few months."

and

" We were intrigued to see how many games have 1080p support, and to hear focus so much on talking about 1080p. Is that a real commitment from Sony to 1080p for the future?"

Give me a freakin' break. Remember the EGM interview where Peter Moore was _attacked_ on every question. What is this garbage interview? How about stuff we _actually_ care about, how about pressing for information on production, online services, game costs, launch games, yield production?

How about comments on one of the billion pieces of bad news we get everyday. But no, the first question out of the gate they pucker up and begin the suck uppage.

This is why game journalism is such a joke.

M3RCUTIO3982d ago (Edited 3982d ago )

See Lalaland's response below. And I quote:

"Blu-Ray is the next gen movie-disc format supported by the majority of moviestudios and hardware manufacturers around the world, and it is via the PS3 able to output in 1080p or True HD -- no upscaling but 1:1 pixelmapping.?"

Funny, I thought BluRay was for games?

Ravenator5293983d ago

The questions should have been the following:

1. What are the real reasons behind the late production?

2. You have been boasting about how the PS3 starts the HD generation of gaming. So why are you not shipping component or HDMI cables with your PS3's?

3. What makes the PS3 true HD? And why is the 360 able to output 1080P without Blu-Ray and a software update?

4. What does a giant enemy crab have to do with ancient Japanese history?

5. Do you feel that excluding Europe from the PS3 launch will affect your overall sales in the next gen of gaming?

I could go on and on with the actual important questions. This interviewer should be fired! What a waste of time!

lalaland3982d ago

1. What are the real reasons behind the late production?

"Blue diodes are in short supply and high demand. In the production of any piece of electronic, if you are missing a key component, manufacturing simply cannot start. Thankfully we have secured a large shipment of said diodes and we have prepared several production lines in numerous countries. We believe we are on track to shipping 2 mill. consoles before years end and 6 mill. by the end of this financial year."

2. You have been boasting about how the PS3 starts the HD generation of gaming. So why are you not shipping component or HDMI cables with your PS3's?

"We will ship standard SD cabling because they are cheap and everybody can use them. Regarding HD different people will have different preferences and the PS3 actually gives consumers a choice to best fit their needs -- some would want 2ft component and others 10ft HDMI. But HD cables are expensive and we believe it would be unfair to the average consumer to add the cost of cables they would never need by shipping either or both."

3. What makes the PS3 true HD? And why is the 360 able to output 1080P without Blu-Ray and a software update?

"1080p is the True HD resolution as we like to call it. Blu-Ray is the next gen movie-disc format supported by the majority of moviestudios and hardware manufacturers around the world, and it is via the PS3 able to output in 1080p or True HD -- no upscaling but 1:1 pixelmapping. For the PS3 we have so far announced 7 True HD games and more will be announced in the comming months. Again these games will have no upscaling, but 1:1 pixelmapping. This is important because of the rapid development in flatscreen technology, and in a couple of years time, True HD will be the standard for new TVs.
MS has recently added the possibility of upscaling games to 1080p as an afterthought, but that doesn't make the games True HD. So far they have yet to announce a single game with True HD rendering. Movie playback on their HD-DVD addon will only be possible in the ordinary 1080i resolution and is as such not True HD."

4. What does a giant enemy crab have to do with ancient Japanese history?

"Good question, but one I'm not the right person to answer. You know, with the power of the PS3, developers are free to make whatever kind of games they feel like and to expand on any of their fun and exciting ideas."

5. Do you feel that excluding Europe from the PS3 launch will affect your overall sales in the next gen of gaming?

"We are deeply sorry we could not fullfill our goal to launch the PS3 on a global basis simultaneously. However, we will make sure the launch of the PS3 in Europe the coming march, will be the best launch ever with unequalled software support from both our inhouse and thirdparty developers and an unrivalled number of consoles to minimize shortages.
Europe is for now not a X360 stronghold, infact Microsoft has only shipped half the number of consoles for Europe compared to NA, and Playstation has traditionally been very strong in Europe. We believe with effort we are putting into the European launch, that we will be able to gain the lost ground in a foreseable future."

"Thankyou for a fun interview. I hope I was able to shed some light over the concerns you were having."

Ravenator5293982d ago

To lalaland:

I have to hand it to ya! You should be doing these interviews for Sony! Do I agree with your answers to all, no, but at least you put some time behind your post and I appreciate that!

I won't go into anything more with this because it is going to take quite some time and I know it could go on forever. But thanks for at least being creative!

I liked it!

THELANDSOFSAND3982d ago

"And that gives us a very loyal fan base, who we could never upset and never take advantage of, but it gives us some fans who love what we do, and push us really hard to do the best that we can do. And they have been pushing us. I read the forums, and the newsgroups -- possibly some of the same ones that you read."

AH HA! explains gametime, jin or horse piss. i knew one of those guys worked for sony.

;)

M3RCUTIO3982d ago

that this was a pretty soft interview, considering all of the struggles Sony has faced with the PS3 since it was announced.

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