Harrison predicts big role for user created content on PS3

Phil Harrison has signalled Sony's intention to make user-created content a significant aspect of the PlayStation 3 platform - and he's not just talking about wacky avatars.

"I have to be really careful not to give the game away because we're keeping this secret," he told the UK's official PlayStation mag, "but don't think about it in terms of maps, think of it in terms of behaviours, environments, physics, rules... all the tools that you could want, but in a very consumer friendly way."

Pointing to Second Life as "a very, very powerful metaphor for where we're going," Harrison went on to say that users would be able to use a USB mouse to find "a deeper level of finesse, that you could get in terms of pixel manipulation and paint programs or fine tuning things". (The PS3 also supports USB keyboard input throughout.)

"We've got two things in development," he specified. "One in this building and one with an external developer that, [and] when we do share them with you, I think you're going to go 'Ah now I know what he was talking about.'"

News that Sony is considering how to make use of content creation facilities is likely to draw comparison to Microsoft's XNA Studio Express suite, which has been up and running in beta for a bit, and will soon allow users to make their own playable Xbox 360 games using simple tools - albeit for the cost of a subscription fee.

Elsewhere in today's latest excerpt from Harrison, the Sony man talks about old-days PS3 prototypes, whether there are any Easter eggs in the Cross Media Bar ("There are some secrets"), and how Afrika is a sort of metaphor for his wanting to be a striker for Liverpool (good man).

Read Full Story >>
The story is too old to be commented.
EnforcerOfTheTruth4447d ago

And MS still tries to screw their poor customers :-(

Smellslikepie4447d ago

You always have to try and start a flame war, haven't you?

Well, guess what. The 360 is offering the exact same thing. With the release of XNA 360 users can create and download their own games (these games can be found free of charge on many websites). And those games don't look half arsed! Look at XNA Racer, that looks VERY good.

That is microsoft's answer to community created content. And as for the subscription fee, that's only at first. They're working on ways for non subscribers to use it aswell.

now, if you're REALLY wanting to start a flame war then..

Microsoft announced this at E3 2005, I wish sony could think of their own strategies.


Smellslikepie4447d ago

XNA Racer - Just thought I'd show people.

Hopefully the PS3 can offer these kind of facilities for it's consumers.

I mean, seriously, look how good that game looks, and it was created by ONE person!

Happy Hippo4447d ago

There will be a lot of user made cheat on the ps3 since it's so open. we saw it on the xbox and we will definitely see it on the ps3.

beans4447d ago (Edited 4447d ago )

This is good news and hopefully the nerds return and start making some cool things!

BIadestarX4447d ago (Edited 4447d ago )

Good luck to Sony developing something like the XNA framework, and Visual Studio 2005 just so some people can make games for the PS3. Microsoft has being working on the .net framework for years and the XNA is just a set of components that integrate with the already robust and existing .net framework. Also, lets not forget that microsoft has enable xna developers to use exising tools like visual studio 2005, C# and the .Net framework otherwise this would not be possible. If microsoft would not have done this it would take years to create the xna from the start.
Now Sony believe they can create a set of tools like visual studio, the .net framework and the xna in 2-3 months. Yeah... I'll believe it when I see it. I will draw my conclusions about this, if Sony succeed with the xbox live killer later this month.
By the way, Sony should start by making easier to develop tools for companies making games now (which are complaining that developing games for the PS3 is hard) before trying to make tools so people with no game development experience can try making any game.

peksi4447d ago

A very good thing. That means MS pushed Sony to make this and in turn Sony pushes MS to make more of this.

We're in for goooood times my dear gamers :) Keep the competition going!

Show all comments (11)