PS3 To Become "A Platform For Web Services", PSN Coming To Other DevicesS

Looks like Sony's move away from physical media isn't just being confined to the PSP, with Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer indicating that the PlayStation 3 is also moving towards online delivery.

Of course, you can already buy games and other content online via the PlayStation Network - and have been able to do so since the console's launch - but the wording of Stringer's statement suggests that Sony will be going much farther with the whole thing than just offering a few downloadable shelf titles (Warhawk, etc) and the odd artsy game for $10.

"We developed brand new, absolutely incredible technology for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), but the cost was high", Stringer told Nikkei Electronics Asia. "We've adopted a slightly different approach now, and are evolving the PS3 into a platform for web services".

"...Sony has begun the transition from a closed system to an open one", he continues. "Next we will be expanding the PlayStation Network to hardware other than the PS3, because the number of PS3 units sold puts a limit on the scale of the network possible. Sony has a vertical structure for each product line, an organisational structure that resists change, so it will take time to achieve this network growth. However, a large number of employees share my opinion on this".

Potentially big news, that. In recent months, Sony has begun the long, hard task of "centralising" all of their hardware, rolling out features like the XMB user interface and online connectivity across much of Sony's lineup, dvd players to cameras.

How long, I wonder, til we see Bravia televisions coming with a control pad and access to the PSN?

Sony Chairman, CEO Howard Stringer [NEA, via Edge] [image credit]