Sony has told MCV that the launch date of PS3 Home ultimately doesn't matter” – but predicted that the full service will be available in a reasonable timeframe”.
However, speaking exclusively to MCV, Sony Computer Entertainment global president Kaz Hirai reiterated that the service's Beta was still on course for an Autumn launch.
He added that he was certain that Home would really resonate with consumers” whenever it arrived – and that Microsoft's recently improved online service wouldn't be able to compete, even if it became available to gamers first.
Speaking to MCV, Hirai said:
I'd much rather make sure we take the time to have a great service rather than rush something into the market – only for consumers to say: This is not enough for me.” I want to avoid that. If we have the right service, it doesn't matter when we launch – so long as it's in a reasonable timeframe.”
He added: Whether our competitors decide to follow what we've done with Home or not follow us, that's up to them. Given the fact that I've delayed the launch of Home twice – for which I've apologised – I think I've done it for a very good reason, and that's because I want to bring the very best service possible to consumers around the world.
We're very confident in when we do launch the open Beta service, it's something that will really resonate with the consumers.”