Vegas's annual D.I.C.E summit brought Sony CEO Phil Harrison in front of a massive crowd of gamers. The questions were no-holds-barred (well, other than not being able to ask about Sony's stock prices and Harrison's personal life) and the following bombs were dropped:
- SingStar, which allows for downloadable music tracks to add to the karaoke happiness, will allow for background downloading of content, correcting one of Sony's problems with the PS3, at least for this title, and perhaps heralding a glorious new age in which background downloading is standard.
- SingStar will also have downloadable wallpapers for its menu screens and USB camera support. You can save those videos and upload those performances online. This will lead to hilarity.
- According to Harrison, the rumor that most of Sony's developer support comes in the Japanese language only is a myth.
- When asked about how Sony plans to improve the PS3's online functionality to match up to 360s, Harrison said the PlayStation 3 is continually updated and how the system looks now might not be how the system looks tomorrow. Specific announcements regarding the PS3's online features are coming.
- Sony will be adding deeper online functionality for the PSP later this year.
- Harrison did not have a problem with the PS3 launch
- PS3s for the European release are currently on a boat headed for Europe.
- Concept approval at Sony is moving over to a worldwide process from a region-specific one.
- Loco Roco 2 for the PSP is confirmed.
Most importantly of all, the following news:
- That rubber duck demo that everyone loved from E3 (Oh, wait, I mean everyone chuckled at) is coming! Super Rub-O-Dub is a downloadable game where you use the Sixaxis to tilt some water and enjoy bathtime fun. Surely I will buy a PS3 now.
GameSpot: D.I.C.E. 07: Phil Harrison speaks