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Koller: PSN expansion a “critical part” of Sony’s focus this year

Wednesday, 20th January 2010 22:02 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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John Koller has revealed Sony’s digital distribution plans for the year, stating that expanding the PlayStation Network is a “critical part” of Sony’s focus in 2010.

“Expansion of the PlayStation Network will be a critical part of what we focus on this year,” the SCEA director of hardware marketing told Examiner. “Digital distribution is something that will continually evolve, and we have the perfect platform in PSN to evolve along with it.

“Last year, we saw a number of amazing original games on PSN like Flower, PixelJunk Shooter and Gravity Crash and you can expect to see more exclusive titles in 2010. We can also look forward to more classic PSOne games making resurgence through PSN.

“You can bank on seeing more great digital content in 2010 from PSN, including great exclusive titles.

“PSN has really been hitting its stride and the amount of quality content available through the platform is staggering, from Hustle Kings, a realistic 3D pool game, to Echoshift, a strategy and puzzle game as well as many more.

“With the launch of Sodium, PlayStation Home’s first MMO (ED:launched back in December), PlayStation Home further evolves into a true social gaming platform. Sodium One is an evolving massive combat game for the PlayStation 3 community that delivers immersive gameplay with visually stunning graphics. In addition, we will make even further strides with digital content through original programming and the expansion of Home in 2010.”

Those hoping for a possible Games on Demand-style service featuring their favorite PS2 titles, though, will just have to keep waiting.

“As for an “On Demand” model, we don’t have any plans to discuss at this time,” he said. “With the strength and volume of the rich PlayStation 2 lineup, there are obviously fans out there who would love to get their hands on these fan-favorite titles again. We don’t have any news to share on that front at the moment, but keep in mind that digital distribution isn’t the only way to bring classic PlayStation 2games over to PS3.

“God of War Collection is a great example of how technology like Blu-ray can be used to not only reintroduce PlayStation 2 classics, but improve on them at the same time by adding new features like PSN Trophies, higher resolution textures, and increased frame rates – all on a single Blu-ray disc.”

Looks like Sony has all sorts planned for the year then, including the motion controller in the fall, and who knows – maybe even a 3D update.

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  1. onlineatron

    I hope all this 3D, Motion Control, PSN expansion crap doesn’t get in the way of the GAMES!

    E3 is looking to be flooded with rubbish =(

    What Sony does best is new AAA titles… Keep em’ Coming!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Lackshmana

    “We can also look forward to more classic PSOne games making resurgence through PSN.”

    Western releases for Xenogears and Chrono Cross would be a wonderful step towards at least starting to create some pairity between the Japanese and Western PSN offerings.

    “…but keep in mind that digital distribution isn’t the only way to bring classic PlayStation 2 games over to PS3.”

    Yeah, you could always just bring back backward compatability. Its one of the things that really helped engender so much brand loyalty during the PS1 to PS2 transition.

    As a potential consumer I would love to give Sony my money in exchange for playing Xenogears and Chrono Cross on my PSP. I would also be happy to buy a PS3 if I knew I would be able to play my substantial PS2 library on it.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Eregol

    Hmmm
    Are they beavering away on some PS2 remastered games and not telling us?

    The cads.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    Remastered ICO and SotC seem like dead-certs.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    So….. I’m the only person who wishes they’d put all the effort into new stuff rather than wasting time/money on putting a lick of varnish on the crusty old stuff that I’ve already played, then?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. JonFE

    Even though I never owned a PS2 (so I never played its classics) and my PS3 is not B/C, I don’t really care about ports of PS2 games (apart from the God of War, Metal Gear Solid and Team Ico games :D )

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    Why Blerk? You dont own a PS3 anyway. :D

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Blerk

    True, but some of the exclusives they’ve put out over the last year or so have made me think about one. More stuff like that might actually encourage me to think about one a bit more. :-)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Detale

    I’ve got to side with Blerk on this one, I had a launch PS3 with backwards compatibility and never used it once in the two and a bit years I owned it. Recently replaced it with a PS3 Slim, and I’m not missing BC at all.

    Saying that, I’m still going to grab the GOW collection before I play GOW3 as I never played them on PS2 in the first place.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Detale

    I’ve just read that back and would like to clarify that I did use the PS3 for two and a bit years, just didn’t use the backwards compatibility features at all. Ever.

    Glad I cleared that up.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mojo

    Hustle Kings lol.
    complete joke that is.

    #11 5 years ago