February 8, 2007 - Speaking at a panel at DICE 2007, Sony Worldwide Studios' Phil Harrison touched briefly on the PS3's online future. While Harrison did not give specifics, he clearly understood that to win this generation, online needed to be a focus.
"The moment you buy [a PS3] you enter a long-term relationship," Harrison said. While the chipset remains the same, what it does evolves over time. There doesn't appear to be any thoughts on creating a premium online service like Microsoft's Xbox Live. Despite the fact that Sony doesn't plan to charge gamers to play on its network, Harrison believes there is nothing that can keep PS3 from offering services equal to Xbox Live in the future.
When Harrison demoed SingStar, he talked briefly about some of the community features. Later, he touched again on community, adding that "we still need to do more."
Sony has plans to build on the network, but specifics on those plans won't be announced until a later date. Phil Harrison is the keynote speaker at GDC in March, where he is expected to expand on future plans for Sony's console.