Sony was kind enough to invite us to a small roundtable discussion with Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO, Jack Tretton.
The guy, apparently, is pretty important. Following yesterday’s press conference — which was hosted by Tretton — it stands to reason that the press had a few questions. Tretton was pretty forthcoming and candid in the laid back roundtable.
Some highlights include:
- How did Sony react to the Final Fantasy XIII 360 announcement? (“Am I disappointed by it? Yeah. Am I surprised? No.”)
- Are Sony feeling pressure to deliver Home after Microsoft’s avatars announcement?
- What’s the hold up with Home?
- The PlayStation 3 as a media center versus a gaming console. (“[We] can’t deny [Sony’s] heritage by painting it only as a game machine,” he said.)
- Is there an opportunity to turn consumers who purchased for Blu-ray into gamers?
- Digital rights management and the PlayStation video store.
- Does the movie store effectively kill off the UMD? (“I certainly hope not.”)
- Have Sony thought about a hard drive or storage space solution for future iterations of the PSP?
- The discrepancy between PSP hardware sales and software sales. (Tretton cites piracy as one of three reasons.)
- Why no mention of Killzone 2 at the press conference?
- Being “Indian givers” regarding PS2 backwards compatibility on the PS3. (“You can stack [the two systems] on top of each other if you really want to,” he joked, mentioning that the price point of both consoles today equals the cost of a launch PS3.)
Crank up your speakers and download the entire session a-la-podcast from our media server.