Sony US staff are “high-fiving in the office”

Thursday, 6 March 2008 09:50 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Calm down. SCEA is so excited by the changing fortunes of PS3 that joy is spilling over into physical contact.

“Without question there’s very much a sense of confidence and renewed enthusiasm,” said Scott Steinberg, VP of product marketing at SCEA. “It happened so fast we can’t help but do a little high-fiving in the office.”

Whoa there, Scott. Remember there are laws about this sort of thing. Steinberg went on to explain just why the Sony team’s so jubilant right now.

“There was a little bit of a Berlin Wall factor going on,” he said. “We were preparing ourselves for a long, drawn-out battle but from CES, things moved extremely rapidly. It probably moved rapidly for our competition too, in the opposite direction. Without question things have developed to the point where it’s great not to have to really dwell on HD-DVD discussions and be able to insert some conversation about our software line-up and talk about SOCOM or talk about LittleBigPlanet.

“We had this Berlin Wall [HD-DVD] and all of a sudden the people decided to tear it down and the next thing you know we’ve got a de facto standard on our hands and it’s our standard.”

Full thing here.