Phil Harrison officially wins the award for man of the
day. And rightly so: he's been dishing out a wealth of knowledge for what to expect from Sony. In the coming months
we're going to hear a lot about the big buzzword that's been thrown around lately. Episodic content is where it's at
(or will be, apparently). With the PlayStation Network on the horizon, many people want to know what kind of digital
distribution we can see from this new open network platform.
Mr. Harrison told reporters that user-generated
media is even in the cards. Since micro-payments will be a feature of the network, do you think it could be possible to
even sell this user-generated media over the network? An entire facet of fan-made material could blow up and become
huge if this system allowed gamers to create and market their own virtual wares.
And digital downloading
will become the status quo before too long. Just look at the Xbox 360! With downloads in the millions, it'll only be a
matter of time before CD's become extinct.
However Blu-ray has to live it up before that happens. He made
clear that even though widespread digital distribution is getting closer, "Blu-ray will be the primary distribution method." The hard drive will obviously have a hand in
complementing this online network. If broadband permits, it would be something extraordinary to see next-gen titles
marketed straight over the PlayStation Network. Even several months away from the launch of the console, we can see
this is pure speculation. But it's still fun to toss around ideas and see where they take us.