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Kutaragi Details PS3 'Computer' Claim

In an interview on Japan's PC Watch, Kutaragi once again pushed the PS3 as a computer, not a games console.

"Speaking about the PS3, we never said we will release a game console," he said. "It is radically different from the previous PlayStation. It is clearly a computer. Indeed, with a game console, you need to take out any unnecessary elements inside the console in order to decrease its cost. ... This will of course apply to the PS3 as well."

He continued, saying that making a platform highly configurable overrides issues of cost, and even implied that the PS3 will be made to keep up with new PC technology. "However, the PS3 is a computer," Kutaragi said. "Lowering costs is important but more important is its capacity to evolve. I think the HDD will gain in capacity. If a new technology gets into mainstream PCs, the PS3 will have to adopt it as well. Maybe the Blu-ray drive will become writable. Well, maybe not at this point."

Kutaragi went into greater detail about how he feels the PS3 will be a computer. "The HDD is not the only element which gives the PS3 its computer nature. Everything has been planned and designed so it will become a computer. The previous PlayStation had a memory slot as its unique interface. In contrast, the PS3 features PC standard interfaces. Because they are standard, they are open.

"We put up no restrictions. Because it is a computer, it can interact with anything, freely. If someone is familiar with PC building, he or she can upgrade easily PS3's HDD."

At one point in the interview, Kutaragi said that there will eventually be so many options for the PS3, the platforms could theoretically be made build-to-order. He pointed out that this would be a problem for resellers, but added, "as a computer, the PS3 could really be sold via BTO."

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gnothe13761d ago

I wonder since its supposed to be so much like a computer, an you can surf the web, will it come with a free copy of NORTON ANTI VIRUS, were gonna need it!!an computers get hacked big time, will the same happen here!!

RealDoubleJ3761d ago

will i be able to use photoshop? will i be able to use a word processor to write scripts? Can it run C++ coding?

And I thought MS was bad at overhype but that is just freaking ridiculous. Why is Sony trying to alienate gamers by saying "it's not a gaming machine" yeah, cause i can see joe bloggs shelling out $600 dollars for a ps3 to put in the office. Freakin' retarded.

achira3761d ago

if it has an os (linux) you can make all the thinks you want:word processing, programming, yes of course c++, what else ?, perhaps photoshop not but gimp. it will have some restrictions: you can not stick you printer into the ps3 when there are no drivers. but i think many things are possible.

Chronical3761d ago

Im sorry guys, this guy is full of Sh!t. he is just trying to put the PS3 in a different relm then the 360 and Wii and its not going to pass. if you cant install software of any sort, its not a computer period...... thats it. as if sony will have compatible software and licenses for the PS3. come on. as if they would create a compatible version of Microsoft Office for PS3. LOL. Kens got some crazy dreams

Lucidmantra3761d ago

Hey I don't want to be a jerk about it... But will it come with a monitor, keyboard and a mouse? Those are the basics you get with almost 98.7% of the computers you buy off the shelf today. Untill they start packing these items and not a gaming controller it is simply put. A PLAYstation, game console.

achira3761d ago

sorry but a monitor is the most time not included. and a mouse and a keybord has everyone at home, so if its with usb, you can plug it into the ps3.

COVER GIRL3761d ago

It will have lots of meaningless features (ect) it might be cool in the Japanese culture but stupid else where. And thats why he can say it's a computer, i bet most of what it can do will be weird and usless to the average person. BUT WHAT DO I KNOW / so don't flame me, it's not nice to flame wemen.

achira3761d ago

if you dont know nothing, than you should not argue. (sorry for this offense). but you are true there are many senseless things, but its for you senseless and other people will like the features. for me its very interesting to program the ps3, perhaps its more exciting than playing games. perhaps another person will browse in the internet with the ps3 (like me). so i think for you it seems senseless, for another it is not.
oh, you can make alot sensless things with the pc too, isnt everything we do senseless ??? ok thats philosophy, but its good that the ps3 has many features, and so everyone will find something what is interesting to him.

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