PS3 is good enough to replace PCs, Sony claims

— 8:18 PM on June 1, 2006

GameSpot has the scoop on an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Phil Harrison, who tells German magazine Der Spiegel that the PlayStation 3's features make it a suitable replacement for a desktop PC. GameSpot sums up the interview as follows:

In particular, he said the Linux-based operating system on the console's hard drive will have enough processing power and nongaming functionalities to render traditional PCs--most of which use a form of Microsoft's Windows OS--moot in the home. "We believe that the PS3 will be the place where our users play games, watch films, browse the Web, and use other [home] computer functions," said Harrison. "The PlayStation 3 is a computer. We do not need the PC."
New console releases are frequently accompanied by numerous claims about the demise of PC gaming, but it's interesting to see Sony looking to challenge the PC on its home turf. Of course, one would be hard pressed to see users writing papers or wandering too far beyond common multimedia tasks on a console. Sony seems to have pretty high hopes for the PS3, though. Thanks to DailyTech for the tip.
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