Sony talks PlayStation 3, PSP success in 2009

Sony's John Kohler answers burning questions about the PlayStation 3. Can the most expensive console survive in an uncertain economy?

Let's talk more about that. I'd love to download my favorite PS2 games onto my PS3's hard drive so I don't have to worry about finding the discs. Will Sony ever provide downloadable PS2 games to play on the PS3?

We're still sorting through that. We're absolutely interested, but there are some technical hurdles there that we have to overcome first. But this is something that we're absolutely interested in. You make good points, there are a lot of people who would be interested in playing the strongest PS2 games on their PS3. Nothing's imminent on that, but it's something we are interested in as well.

With the release of the 160GB PlayStation 3 bundle, is storage space becoming less of an issue for the PS3? I recently installed a 500GB drive in my PS3 and I couldn't be happier.

We never want gamers to choose between having to delete a game or a movie they purchased on their hard drive because they ran out of space. We strongly encourage what you did - if you want to buy a third-party hard drive and install it, you are not voiding the warranty. That's something that's encouraged - we want PS3 owners to have as much space for content as possible.

Looking at 2009, what's Sony's mantra for the PlayStation 3, the PSP, and the PS2?

We're looking to the PS3 continuing its momentum. We're seeing the beginning of what will be a very long run of development strengths for the PS3. As you know, third-party exclusivity isn't as prevalent as it was in the PS2 years... you have to rely on your first-party group [to provide exclusive, system-selling games]. We would place Sony's first-party developers up against any other team -- our worldwide studios group is as large as Microsoft's and Nintendo's internal studios combined. Some of the games we're seeing for 2009 are absolutely fantastic, and they will set the PS3 that much further apart.

And for the PSP, next year will be fantastic. The number and quality of games that are coming under franchise umbrellas, including some that are very well know...you've seen the first already, with Resistance: Retribution, but there's a lot of other fantastic games coming for PSP. The tie between the PSP and the PS3 will be more firmly established, too. And the PS2 is still going strong in its ninth year. Our CEO, Jack Tretton, likes to say that "the only way to kill the PS2 is to stop supporting it." So the PS2 will be fully supported; we had 130 PS2 games in 2008, and we're looking at 100+ for 2009. The PS2 is still a very strong console. But the momentum behind the PS3 and PSP is going to be very strong, and we'll probably be talking to you next year with big smiles on our faces.

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