Gamesindustry.biz discuss Phil Harrison's keynote and the prospects of Home, LittleBigPlanet, Singstar, and the way forward for Sony.
Following Phil Harrison as he delivered his keynote in San Francisco yesterday brought back an almost forgotten but eerily similar memory of console launches past - another shaven-headed, confident console executive, grinning to the camera and announcing, "You Are The Colony".
J Allard doesn't stick his nose into Microsoft's games business much any more - he's got his hands full these days trying to convince people that there's a future to the firm's Zune music player - but his legacy lives on. Xbox Live hit six million users this week. There's your Colony, right there. It's a substantial advantage which Microsoft and its vocal supporters aren't shy about bludgeoning Sony over the head with.
Yesterday, though, Harrison finally outlined what Sony plans to do to wrest the online advantage from Microsoft - and crucially, it's a remarkably different vision to the one which Microsoft itself has been pursuing. Microsoft's key objectives with Xbox Live have been to deliver a smooth, reliable service for sending messages, playing games and buying stuff. Sony, in contrast, believes that what we want to do online has more to do with participating, contributing, creating and customising.
Read on for Sony's turning of the tide and introducing a Third Way for Online.