Sony President Ken Kutaragi has been talking about the PS3 console to Japanese website Impress Watch – indicating that Sony sees a lot of potential for the console online, especially when it comes to premium content.
Hinting that the company intends to follow Apple’s lead when it comes to online selling, Kutaragi said that "basic services" such as will be free, but there will be a big emphasis on paid-for content: "We really wanted to do this with the PS2. But now Apple has realised a successful e-distribution program, it’s about time we made our move, too".
Despite the comments, it’s unclear what Sony will charge for, but games, bonus levels and music are all likely. Kutaragi has also predicted that digital downloads may render the hard drive obsolete in a few years: "If you have all the data on servers, you probably no longer need disk drives…but to do this, the server is crucial. It’s a difficult problem".
So, a hard disk and media free future – be interesting to see if they can pull it off.