November 13, 2006 - Three Speech, Sony's semi-official blog, has released part of a Phil Harrison interview which runs in this month's upcoming Official PlayStation Magazine.
In the interview, Harrison asserted that the PlayStation 3 would not and could not rely on a single killer app. He noted that even as early as the PlayStation 1 "a lot of people talked about the 'killer app' [when] actually it's the killer catalogue you want. It's not about having a single title like a Mario or a Sonic on which you rest the entire platform personality on. It's about having a wide catalogue that satisfies a number of different consumer tastes and styles."
Beyond killer apps (or a killer catalogue), the PS3 has the potential to be a multimedia workhorse. Along with browsing the web, downloading demos and new game content, PS3 owners can also expect to record their gameplay. "There are two ways to do it," Harrison explained. "One is as pure video actually saved direct from the gameplay experience, but that creates quite a large data cloud. The more efficient way of doing it is to record game input and then share that to each user. We are doing that in a very innovative way on a game that we haven't shown anybody yet." Though this functionality won't be available at launch, expect it to show up in the near future.
A lot has been made about Sony's E3 unveiling of the PS3 in 2005. Many called foul at the videos shown, convinced that game video such as Killzone could not possibly contain in-game footage. It appears that Harrison holds Killzone PS3 to the highest possible standard, promising that "some elements already exceed the trailer." He added that we would not see Killzone "until it's going to exceed people's expectations" and not to expect anything about the game until next year.
The PlayStation 3 launches November 17, with or without a killer app.