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PSN headed to new devices

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 May 2009 15:43 User comments (3)

PSN headed to new devices Howard Stringer, Sony CEO and chairman, has confirmed that the company will be expanding the PlayStation Network to other devices, although he declined to note what devices.
In the same interview, Stringer discussed the fight between open source and proprietary technologies while also noting that the company made plenty of mistakes in the past with music and video file formats.

"Customers today want to be able to freely access content via the Internet, information technology,"
he added. "This requirement represents a threat to our content business, and to existing frameworks for rights management. I don't see that we have any choice, though. We have to create a sanctuary which provides customers an environment for their enjoyment."

"That is how we can change a threat to the content business into an opportunity. A lot of people thought Sony's content download service was doomed, but it's in a pretty good place right now in the form of the PlayStation Network, available to PS3 users for network gaming, video, etc. The DRM is based on Marlin, an open scheme developed by consumer electronics companies and other companies.

"What does all this mean? Very simply, it means that Sony has begun the transition from a closed system to an open one. I wish the Japanese media would recognise how important this is. I also put a lot of effort into making sure that many people understand the value of what Sony is trying to do here.

"Next we will be expanding the PlayStation Network to hardware other than the PS3, because the number of PS3 units sold puts a limit on the scale of the network possible. Sony has a vertical structure for each product line, an organisational structure that resists change, so it will take time to achieve this network growth. However, a large number of employees share my opinion on this,"
he concluded.

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3 user comments

112.5.2009 8:48

This is cool.

215.5.2009 17:48

hell yha. this is awesome!

315.5.2009 19:13

this is way kl. they shud make it available for pc so u can do cross-format multiplayer like windows nd xbox live.

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