Sony has big plans for the PlayStation 3. "Future proof" is a term executives have used repeatedly to describe the new console, claiming that it is powerful and advanced enough to outlast the typical five year lifespan of a game machine. To help extend the PS3's life, Sony is planning a series of major firmware updates over the next several years.
Designed to give the PS3 more media center capabilities, the updates will allow third parties to make applications and hardware "such as interactive controllers," according to Vice President of Technology for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Paul Holman.
Speaking to SmartHouse in Sydney, Australia, Holman said developers are discovering that the PS3 has "a heap more processing headroom than they initially anticipated and that this was resulting in the development of new gaming capabilities."
"The PS3 has an awful lot of processing power and we will harness this power with firmware upgrades and new features," Holman said.
According to Holman, the first of these firmware updates should come next March alongside the PS3 launch in Europe and Australia. He also speculated that in the future the PS3 may come bundled with a keyboard and mouse to allow for easier access to the internet and media center applications.