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Sony's Kaz Hirai reveals more PlayStation 3 details and the PS3 controller gets an official name

SCEA President and CEO Kaz Hirai is the subject of a Kikizo video interview discussing various PlayStation 3 topics. While some of the information contained in the video were covered by previous interviews with Jack Tretton and Phil Harrison, Kaz Hirai delves into the topics just a little deeper. 

Hirai talks about Sony’s first showing of the PlayStation 3 to the public at TGS, PlayStation profitability, losing exclusive games such as Assassin’s Creed and GTA4, hardware launch availability, more Blu-ray, and why the controller lost rumble. 

On the topic of the PlayStation 3 controller, Kaz Hirai refers to it as the “Sixaxis” – the name describing the controller’s ability to sense six axes of motion. The official name of the controller was confirmed as soon as it hit the Japanese PlayStation site. 

Also found on the Japanese site was pricing for its PlayStation 3 accessories to be launched with the hardware. The Sixaxis will cost 5,000 yen (~US$42), a remote control for 3,600 yen (~US$30), and a memory card reader used to transfer old PSone and PS2 saves for 1,500 yen (~US$13). Pricing outside of Japan has yet to be announced.

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By ChugokuOtaku on 10/4/2006 9:32:46 AM , Rating: 4
that's gonna be one difficult word for the Japanese to pronounce...

playstation = pureisuteishion
controller = kontoroula
SixAxis = shikkusu akkushisu

RE: SixAxis
By therealnickdanger on 10/4/2006 10:21:03 AM , Rating: 4
What I would like to know is this: what's wrong with simply calling it what it is, the "PS3 controller"? It's not like you're going to call up your friends and tell them to bring over their SixAxis to play some games... LOL In7ern3t!

RE: SixAxis
By The Sword 88 on 10/4/2006 1:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
Six Axis is going to be one weird controller to use.

RE: SixAxis
By GhandiInstinct on 10/4/2006 1:37:41 PM , Rating: 2
Have you heard what NBA 2K7 is doing with it?

It acts as the actual basketball you can pull over your head as a jump shot.

RE: SixAxis
By Burning Bridges on 10/4/2006 1:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
And throw it out the window? GREAT!!

RE: SixAxis
By S3anister on 10/4/2006 2:25:48 PM , Rating: 3
lol, Wii.

now you can throw your controller at your TV for both Wii and PS3 while trying to play a game!

RE: SixAxis
By sxr7171 on 10/4/2006 6:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
That was funny!

Reasonable prices
By psychobriggsy on 10/4/2006 9:38:49 AM , Rating: 2
(apart from the $30 remote which is practically required if you want to use the PS3 as a BluRay player, yes you can use a sixaxis, ugh, gamepad but that's a bit suboptimal).

The memory card reader is quite reasonable, given that you can share it amongst all the dozens of your friends that will be buying the PS3. Oh, wait ...

RE: Reasonable prices
By dice1111 on 10/4/2006 9:55:22 AM , Rating: 2
Why wouldn't they use Sony Memory Sticks as the memory medium? You'd think it was a dying proprietary standard that only sony uses or something. Oh, wait ...

RE: Reasonable prices
By dice1111 on 10/4/2006 9:59:12 AM , Rating: 3
Ooops, actually read the article and saw that the reader was for older PS2's/PS1's. My bad, please ignore early post.

*sigh, going to get demoderated anyway...*

RE: Reasonable prices
By Master Kenobi on 10/4/2006 11:14:16 AM , Rating: 2
Well your technically right, theyre switching from a failed proprietary standard to the one they use on their digital cameras and whatnot. Just from one to another, remains to see how much of a failure the Memory Stick is tho.

RE: Reasonable prices
By OxBow on 10/4/2006 2:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, since both versions have a hard drive (something the 360 can't claim) they aren't going to use the memory stick at all for game saves. This device is just so that you can load your old game saves onto the harddrive for the emulator to read.

The premium version, however, does allow you to use memory sticks, sd cards and cf cards, but that's more about viewing photo and video content than it is games.

RE: Reasonable prices
By ViperROhb34 on 10/4/2006 6:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
The 360 doesnt really need a hardrive as bad as the PS3..

All videos, music and pics and even games from Live Arcade can be uploaded to your PC hardrive. I have Windows Vista Beta 2.. and NO WORK is required.. Windows detected my Xbox 360 automatically.. there was a matter of few clicks to give it permission to automatically network them for me. Since everyone who has high speed ( required for either system ) has a router.. theres no extra money involved either.. over the network ( if you use network cable ) the connection between Xbox 360 and PC is faster then highspeed internet.. so movies can be watched fromt he pc hardrive )

And if you have older Windows.. donwload the program for free to store things now on pc..

RE: Reasonable prices
By Arkham1 on 10/5/2006 4:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
Can you establish a wireless connection with your PC? I wonder if that'll be possible on the PS3. I would imagine so. That'd be handy.

RE: Reasonable prices
By Arkham1 on 10/5/2006 4:16:04 PM , Rating: 2
Failure in your mind, maybe. It works, and a lot of Sony products use it, so who cares if it's proprietary? My tiny, tiny 2GB stick is pretty sweet. And with multiple memory card formats in the PS3, it'll only be better. Stop occupying yourself by slagging things you don't own. There's a word for that kind of blind brand loyalty... What was it again? Oh yeah. ;)

RE: Reasonable prices
By Wwhat on 10/19/2006 10:52:07 PM , Rating: 2
The ones that can buy flashcards in a more common format for 1/4th of the price care maybe?

By crystal clear on 10/4/06, Rating: -1
RE: Soon
By Jharne on 10/4/2006 11:34:34 AM , Rating: 2
?How does this relate to the article?

RE: Soon
By MrFluffo on 10/4/2006 12:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
Can you send me a link verifying that your claims could possibly be true? Or are you just being ignorant, because you dont like the PS3/Sony?

RE: Soon
By ajira99 on 10/4/2006 1:50:33 PM , Rating: 2
I think he's referring to this link where some of the kiosk units at TGS overheated:

Even though these weren't "retail" units, it's still something to be aware of. Funny how the same thing happened with the 360, but that was because of "faulty" hardware design. Whatever. These consoles put out more heat and don't take abuse like last gen. I wonder how loud the outcry will be when the same thing happens because somebody didn't leave enough room in their A/V cabinet at home.

RE: Soon
By crystal clear on 10/4/06, Rating: -1
RE: Soon
By crystal clear on 10/4/06, Rating: 0
RE: Soon
By MrFluffo on 10/4/2006 8:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
I apologize i had not seen the other article. Anyway As stated in the article the PS3 that were locking were reported to be in confined spaces with many other PS3's in the same case. So unless your going to have ALOT of PS3s in a confined area I dont think the home user will have any problems as stated by the sony rep. So the PS3 is not overheating (or catching on fire) in a normal household setting but rather an uncommon one not seen where a normal user would place the PS3 in their home.

RE: Soon
By Hemipower on 10/5/2006 12:06:16 AM , Rating: 1
i dont know how the ps3 will be but my 360 gets really hot. I have gone through 3 premium 360's and still have the original core, lol irony. Thank goodness for $50 bestbuy warranty. So theres your faulty equipment! Lets hope the ps3 will be a tad better. By the way i had 2 reguar xbox's break as well, and I still have my original ps2 with a hard drive and HDadvance :).

RE: Soon
By Wwhat on 10/19/2006 10:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
Sure they were in a confined space but some people live in damn hot areas too I must remind you.
And not everybody in the world has the ability or cashflow or inclination to use superpowerguzzling AC units 24/7.

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