people over at PS3week were able to get an interview with Josh
Robinson, a former Sony 3D artist. I say “former” because an
article that he posted online (which just so happened to be highly
critical of Playstation 3 developmental systems) has gotten him fired.
Here's a section from the original article in question [Courtesy
was very confident that it was going to just destroy the XBOX 360
just on the name SONY alone. The more time that goes by the more I am
becoming doubtful. Everything I’ve developed or seen developed has
yet to be “next gen”. The poly counts are not really any higher,
im not seeing sub surface scattering, im not seeing much HDR
lighting...I’m not seeing next gen fluid dynamics or object
dynamics...We dont have a controller, there is no network code and
there is no box. Its still the size of a normal PC.
article was found to violate the non disclosure agreement he signed
with Sony, hence his firing. PS3week's interview covers Josh
Robinson's newfound fame, whether he was bitter for any reason
towards Sony, what brought him to comment on the Playstation 3 to an
online audience of millions and what he is doing now after his
precautions did you take to ensure that your story didn’t break
your non-disclosure agreement with Sony?
Well whatever precautions I took didn’t
seem to be enough eh? I’ve been doing this for 9 years and I’ve
never once even come close to breaking NDA. In my own error, I
assumed that it would be OK to give my opinion on what I believed to
be public information. Sony has said very publicly that they are
shipping in spring. All I said was, “hey I’d not want to miss the
next E3 show.” I didn’t leak any shipping information or reveal
any other intentions. I also talked about some technology that has
been released publicly for almost a year.
the end, Josh says that if he had it to do over again, he wouldn't.
That being said, he has moved on to
a higher paying job leaving Sony's Playstation 3 somewhat tarnished
by his comments.
here. For additional details about Josh, feel free to check out the Google Cache from his former employer, and the bio on his current employer.