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  • Sony says iPad will only cause gamers to flock to PSP

    John Koller, Sony’s director of hardware marketing, has told the Wall Street Journal that Apple’s iPad launch bodes well for its PSP handheld.

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

    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.

  • Sony’s John Koller talks 3D integration on PS3, calls it “fantastic”

    John Koller, Sony’s head of PlayStation marketing, has weighed in on all the 3D hype at CES 2010 and reiterated Sony’s stance that 3D integration on PS3 is “as simple as a firmware update”.

  • Koller: BC on PS3 “wont be returning”

    Sony Computer Entertainment America’s John Koller has told Ars that backwards compatibility on the PS3 won’t be making a return anytime soon, be that with a new hardware SKU or in a firmware update. Ever. “It’s not coming back, so let me put that on the table,” said Koller. “It’s not as big as a […]

  • PSP Go to land in stores this fall, says Koller

    Looks like the full version of the Qore episode that was leaked earlier has landed in Eurogamer’s lap. In it, John Koller himself says that PSP Go! will hit stores this fall. “It’s a 3.8-inch screen, it’s 43 percent lighter than the PSP-3000, 16 gigs flash memory, Bluetooth support and all digital content so the […]

  • Koller – New Metal Gear heading to PSP

    SCEA’s John Koller has apparently announced a PSP version of Metal Gear Solid in a movie of PSP Go that hit the web today. Gran Turismo, LittleBigPlanet, Jak & Daxter and Metal Gear games are all mentioned in the video, which includes footage of the machine interspersed with Koller being interviewed. Watch it, quick.

  • SCEA: “We’ve captured the hardcore” with PS3, will push for casual later this year

    Sony has told VG247 that it’s “captured the hardcore” with PS3, and while it will serve that central user with titles such as Heavy Rain and God of War III later this year, it plans on pushing further into the casual space with the console. “There’s certainly a line-up of very strong family-friendly titles that […]

  • SCEA: E3 2009 to be one of the biggest in the past 11 years

    SCEA hardware marketing boss John Koller is expecting this year’s E3 to be one of the most significant for the company in the last 11 years. “It’s going to be a big E3,” Koller told VG247, talking at GDC. “We’ve just started planning what the announcements will be, but I’ve been here for 11 years: […]

  • SCEA: “Exclusivity is something that doesn’t truly exist in this cycle”

    SCEA hardware marketing boss John Koller has claimed that console software “exclusivity” was a a last-gen concept, and that higher development costs have forced game-creators to become platform agnostic. “Exclusivity is something that doesn’t truly exist in this cycle,” the exec told VG247, speaking at GDC. “What does exist is first-party product. That’s your exclusive […]

  • Sony: Microsoft “writes cheques” for games thanks to first-party line-up insecurity

    SCEA hardware marketing boss John Koller has told VG247 that Microsoft’s apparent need to pay for exclusivity on certain products – such as the Lost and Damned – is borne from a self-perceived lack of strength in its first-party line-up. “Microsoft has had a much more lenient policy to writing cheques than we do,” he […]

  • Koller: PS3-Facebook integration coming “sooner than you might think”

    SCEA hardware marketing boss John Koller has told the MI6 conference in San Francisco that PS3 Facebook integration is in the works. From this Joystiq report: During a panel titled “Casual to the Core: Redefining the Gaming Dynamic,” SCEA’s John Koller talked about social media and how it can affect the games space. When asked […]

  • PS3 hardware boss: “Blu-ray is really gaining a lot of traction for us”

    SCEA hardware marketing boss John Koller has said that Blu-ray, and the public’s perception of the value it brings to PS3, will be a driving factor in increased sales for the machine this year. “We are looking at a general move by the consumer to understanding the complete value of the PS3, inclusive of Blu-ray […]

  • Sony: Our first-party dev is as big as Microsoft and Nintendo’s combined

    SCEA hardware marketing head John Koller has claimed that Sony’s first-party development division is as big as that employed by Nintendo and Microsoft. In total. “Our development studios – the Worldwide Studios team – is as large as Microsoft and Nintendo’s combined,” he said, talking at GDC. Koller said that Sony’s first-party roster for the […]

  • Sony: DSi’s for “kids”

    SCEA marketing boss John Koller sent out a statement over the weekend essentially saying that DSi is for children, while PSP targets “diverse demographics”. DSi launched in both the US and Europe last week. Here’s the missive in full: If Nintendo is really committed to reaching a broader, more diverse audience of gamers beyond the […]

  • Gran Turismo “to continue on as many platforms as possible,” PC gamers have large party

    SCEA marketing head John Koller has dropped a heavy hint that Gran Turismo’s future may not be limited to just PSP and PS3. “[Polyphony Digital] report directly into our CEO, Kaz Hirai, so it’s a little bit of a ‘wait and see’,” the exec told VG247 when asked when we can expect to see GT5. […]

  • Sony: MAG “only possible on PS3,” is an “iteration of SOCOM” [Update]

    SCEA hardware marketing boss John Koller has claimed that upcoming multiplayer shooter MAG can only be built on PS3. “MAG is a 256 online-player game which is spectacular,” he said, talking to VG247 at GDC last week. “If you look at that competitively, it’s something that’s only possible on PS3. The processor speed, the ability […]

  • Sony: PS3 and PSP sales to rise “10-15%” globally in coming year

    SCEA marketing boss John Koller has told VG247 that Sony expects both PS3 and PS3 sales to rise up to 15 percent on a global level in the coming year. The company has yet to confirm complete hardware figures for its fiscal year – its fourth quarter ended in March – but said both consoles […]

  • Sony: Cheap PS2 could take Wii market share

    SCEA marketing boss John Koller’s told GameDaily he believes his newly-cheapened PS2 could crash Wii’s American party. “We do think the $99 price point could steal some share [from Wii],” he said. “From a technological standpoint, the Wii is much closer to the PS2 than it is to the next-gen consoles. It’s obviously not an […]

  • GDC: Gran Turismo 5′s “all platforms” release timing will depend on “what makes the most sense,” says Koller

    SCEA’s director of hardware marketing, John Koller, has told VG247 that Gran Turismo 5′s release timing across “all platforms” is still a matter of seeing “what makes the most sense.” Koller was responding to questions about the game’s PS3 release date, speaking at GDC last week. “Ultimately, they are a developer who makes a lot […]

  • GDC: Downloadable PSP games “big push” for 2009, says Koller

    SCEA marketing boss John Koller has told Wired that downladable titles for PSP are one of the firm’s “big pushes” for this year. “One of our big pushes this year is to be sure that the right kind of content and the right kind of games in particular are placed on the PlayStation Network for […]

  • PSP will play other formats’ games, says Koller

    SCEA’s John Koller has told MTV that PSP will see non-PSone retro games coming to PSP in the future. “In general there’s a lot of discussion about [publishers'] back catalogs that will finally find its way to PlayStation Network in the back half of this year,” said the exec. “PSOne is included, but everything is […]

  • Perry calls Koller out on “PSP2″ UMD claims

    Acclaim boss Dave Perry’s called on SCEA’s John Koller to publicly deny Sony’s upcoming, unannounced PSP revamp won’t include UMD support. “John Koller is publically questioning my post about PSP 2,” Perry said on his Twitter. “So I confirmed with Top PSP 2 developers. John, state that PSP 2 WILL have UMD.” It won’t have […]

  • Sony talking to Rockstar about more PSP GTA

    Sony US marketing head John Koller’s told MTV that the firm’s in ongoing discussions to bring GTA back to PSP. “No one should sleep on that franchise,” he said. “That’s a tremendous franchise for PlayStation in general. We’ve had two that are the top two sellers on PSP right now. So, there’s definitely continued conversations […]

  • Sony: “PS3 is still in its early adopter phase”

    SCEA director of hardware marketing, John Koller, told Gama the he believes PlayStation 3 is still in the “early adopter phase.” “The PSP, from a handheld perspective, it’s more of a 13-17 year old, multi-ethnic, a bit lower-income as well,” he said when asked what type of demographic is buying Sony products. “The PS3 is […]

  • PSP2 in development? “No plans,” reiterates Sony

    Sony’s once again said it has no plans to release “PSP2,” despite Eurogamer rumouring the contrary earlier this week. From Alley Insider: Speaking to SAI earlier today, Sony Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller said he’s familiar with Internet reports PSP2 game development is already underway, but said the rumors are completely unfounded. What’s going […]

  • Sony claims 14 million active PSN accounts

    In his post celebrating the second birthday of PS3, SCEA marketing boss John Koller has claimed that 14 million people now have active PSN accounts worldwide. There’s little doubt this confirmation is timed to coincide with the fact New Xbox Experience is launching tomorrow: to 14 million Live subscribers. From the post, talking of advancements […]

  • DSi won’t expand Nintendo’s handheld audience, says Sony

    Speaking to Gizmodo, SCEA marketing boss John Koller’s opined that DSi isn’t enough to move Nintendo’s handheld business out of its traditional 12 year-old male demographic “I can see the DSi being successful,” said the exec. “The DS lite was obviously very successful. Will DSi do well with [the DS's] demographic? It probably will. Will […]

  • Sony promises “significant” increase in PSP game numbers next year

    Speaking to Edge, SCEA’s John Koller has acknowledged that PSP software releases have slowed down, but said things are going to turn around next year. “I think going into next year we’re going to see significant growth,” he said. “We’re counseling retail to be ready for it. We have a number of very strong franchise […]

  • Koller backtracks on PSP 3000 battery life gaff

    God. Sort it out, Sony. John Koller, SCEA’s director of hardware marketing, has posted on the US PS Blog to say that PSP 3000 doesn’t have a reduced battery life after all. Absolutely not. In no way is PSP 3000′s battery life reduced. “I’d like to make a correction and clarify that the new PSP […]

  • Sony “looking into” native PSP Store

    Speaking at E3, PSP brand manager John Koller told Pocket Gamer that the firm’s considering a dedicated Store for PSP. “Having a native store on the portable is something we’re looking into,” he said. And that was that.