NCsoft: Home Won’t Sell PlayStation 3
NCSoft Europe’s director of product development, Thomas Bidaux, recently sat down with GamesIndustry.biz and discussed, among other things, his thoughts on PlayStation Home. While he believes it has great potential to become a 3D networking hub, he also believes that the PlayStation 3 is going to need a significant install base for Home to actually be worthwhile. While he doesn’t go too in-depth on the matter, he does raise a very good point.
Do you think PlayStation Home will be one of the first real providers of 3D social networking?
I think Home is very interesting, but I want to see how people use it. Again – content. If there is an incentive for people to go into Home, beyond just customising their avatar, then it will be very, very good. If there is no incentive, then it will remain quite limited.
One of the limitations is linked to the PlayStation 3 – so the success of Home is 100 per cent tied to the PS3′s penetration into the market.
I don’t think you can say you will sell more PS3s because of Home, but if the PS3 had the right penetration in the market, then yes – Home will be very interesting.
Read the full interview here.