Gamesindustry: Sony’s Phil Harrison has insisted the decision to include Blu-ray functionality in the PlayStation 3 has not burdened the console with ‘unnecessary cost’ (…) and that it is essential to the development of next-gen software.
“There’s this sort of misunderstanding that the Blu-ray disc player for movies is somehow burdening the console with unnecessary cost,” said Harrison. “That is completely not true. We put our Blu-ray disc functionality in the console purely from a game design point of view.”
“Once we had that storage capacity on Blu-ray disc, adding the movie playback functionality was extremely cost-effective, [the cost] is actually non-existent,” added Harrison.
The PlayStation 3 is due to launch in the US and Japan in November, with a European launch next March.