Thursday, October 29

According to Insomniac, Sony Japan is paying more attention to western audience

Sony Japan never really made it their business to listen to its western branch concerning PS3 issues, but now, according to Insomniac senior community manager James Stevenson, they're getting it together.

"The challenge has always been that the [PS3] operating system (XMB) has always been developed in Japan, and at first it didn't seem like it reacted to U.S and European markets," he told CVG. "But now it seems like there's a far better feedback loop in place, which I think was the biggest issue."

"The example that stands out was when they did the update to the look of the XMB - version 3.0 I think. They boxed out everyone's names and it became really clunky-looking and the community started complaining," Stevenson continued. "I feel like that feedback really made it over to Japan, and that's something they're trying to get addressed.

"Two years ago, or a year-and-a-half ago, I don't feel like there was that kind of response. I now really think that the development group that's working on PSN is really to the community more, and listening to development feedback. So that's a good thing in the long term and that was the biggest thing I'm glad to see has been fixed."

Lengthy piece of chatter there, happy his happy though. Get the vibe through the link.

10/29/09 Ernice Gilbert

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