Kaz Hirai: "Thank you Microsoft"

Sony chief thanks MS for paving the way forward online - where he believes PS3 and PSP will ultimately take the laurels. Sony America's Kaz Hirai has gone on the post-E3 record with US newspaper the Mercury news, and chief amongst his musings on the next-gen battle is an acknowledgement that Microsoft has led the way into online, preparing gamers for what the PS3 will eventually be able to offer.

Although it's widely conceded that Microsoft has built a significant advantage with its Live service which is now to be extended through Live Anywhere to embrace 360, PC and next-gen mobile phones, Hirai seemed unperturbed by MS's lead. When questioned, Hirai seemed blissfully unconcerned saying, "Thank you, Microsoft, for helping us in taking consumers online."

Hirai continued, "The most important thing for us is to make sure online is an integral part of the experience. It's not a 'nice to have' feature. It enables new businesses. But we do want to make sure that we have the content for both online and offline."

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to be followed by

'Thankyou Nintendo for letting us steal your controller'


'Thankyou hoards of PS3 fans for waiting for a overpriced and delayed product'

clayton5486d ago

Not surprising coming from Sony, they still think they are kings of the Mountain, when there is a bigger lion ready to eat them alive. PS Ken 6 million Live users is a substancial amount, more than World of Warcraft, and World of Warcraft has been driving the gaming industry for over a year, and Blizzards profits are up 109%. I think online play is essential now and for the future. Drop the ego pal, I will see Ken one day in Japan playing a PS1 on a street corner, to gather pocket change from the passer bys.

BLow5486d ago

6 million live users. Ummmmm.....ok...Please tell me how you came up with that number.

Jay da 2KBalla5485d ago

um its called a forecast. 3 million rigth now though.

OutLaw5486d ago

The Dashboard is going to be exactly like the PSP since they want to make it compatible. Also that thank you had bullsh!t written all over it. If you don't want to give MS credit than don't. Because MS definitely wouldn't have given Sony some BS credit like that. He's concerned and he knows it.

Lucidmantra5486d ago

We all know Sony is shaking in its boots. Even though The Console and gaming division was the only part to post a gain last period of report amongst a company that is rapidly sinking, they are waiting and hoping the ps3 will go over like hot cakes. They can't make em fast enough based on their E3 presentation... 2 million, then 2 million, then 2 million.. 6 million in 4 months which will sell out i am sure worldwide. A free online system, the vast reason you pay for XB Live is so they can expand their service (read xbox 360 tells all about how they run Xbox live) SOny is not going to eat the costs of running a masssive online community to include servers, bandwidth, infastructure and support teams without making money with massive advertising in the system. Even then I don't think it will be close to XBLIve, not that Sony is stupid, they aren't they are just arrogant and many many people won't question them they will follow along as a herd member without question. If PS3 does not essentually "rescue" Sony in the next year this Kaz guy will be gone quick. The fact they spent billions to make a new technology when all MS had to do was goto Intel and IBm and say what do you have like 2 years down the pipe and they got a 3 core, 6 process processor for cheap, and were offered a 6 Ghz processor also. Good luck online Sony I think you will feel the sting of a company that does to online very very well.

hardwood20015486d ago (Edited 5486d ago )

Bottom line: sony won't be able to compete with Microsoft, in the online arena.

THE TRUTH5486d ago

the word "free" is always strong enough to compete. If sony comes through with it they certainly have a strong chance to compete.

Jay da 2KBalla5485d ago

Free is strong enough to warrant a garbage online service. Can you say ps2 remake with a friends list lol.