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March 22, 2006 at 1:21 PM

GDC: Sony’s not worried about Microsoft

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Phil Harrison, the president of worldwide studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, unveiled Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service this morning at GDC. The service is code-named the PlayStation Network Platform for now, though it’s likely to have a more memorable name when it launches with the PlayStation 3 in November.

Harrison held a post-keynote Q&A luncheon for journalists at a nearby hotel. There, I asked him if the PS3’s November launch puts Sony at a competitive disadvantage to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which launched in November 2005. Here’s his response:

It doesn’t put us at a competitive disadvantage at all. Throughout our history, we have never been the first platform to market in what would be considered the generational shift, although I think there’s an interesting debate as to where some of our competitors sit on that generational timeline.

Wait a minute. Is Harrison implying that the Xbox 360 isn’t exactly a next-generation console? That’s what it sounds like to me. He continued:

I think that what you saw clearly today and what you’ve seen from our previous announcements is that we’ve had a tremendously powerful piece of hardware backed up with great tools, great technology that developers can use to harness it. What we’re now seeing is great creativity, not just in the games side but innovation on the Network Platform and what that will deliver in the consumer experience. Those two together are what will power PlayStation 3 and I have no concerns about the competition.

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