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PS3 Does Not Have “A Rich Online System Like Xbox Live” Says Yamauchi

by Ernice Gilbert on January 17th, 2010, under Gaming News

Polyphony Digital Boss, Kazunori Yamauchi has been making the rounds on various media outlets lately, in an effort to promote his upcoming PS3 exclusive title Gran Turismo 5. In the interviews, Yamauchi has uttered many things: Like saying GT5 will use up about 80% of the PS3′s power, he also said the game’s about 90 percent complete and that they’re up to this day adding more content. All good information of course, and his latest comments made in an interview with PlayStation: The Official Magazine might also be of interest to you.

PTOM: Speaking of Prologue, what did you learn about online racing that you applied to GT5?

“I already had the image of the online features that would go into the game back in 2001,” he said, “and of course not everything in that image is completed yet. Prologue was basically everything we could release by the time it came out, and we’re still working on it.”

He added: “On the PS3, we don’t have a rich online system like an Xbox Live, and each title has to create its own online system features. But because we build from scratch, there are a lot of possibilities that are not in the other online games out there right now.”

Yamauchi continued on many different topics, from damage modeling in the game, to his favorite car of all time.

PTOM: Was damage modeling something you always wanted to be a part of the gameplay experience?

“There are two answers to that. One is that we are trying to match the expectations of our audience. The other: We had a technical curiosity about what would happen if we tried to do it. It creates an added bit of tension to the game because players can’t make as many mistakes,” he said.

About his favorite ride of all time the:

“Ford GT. It’s the most beautiful car, I think,” Yaumachi replied when asked if he could drive one car for the rest of his life what would it be. Good choice I reckon.

The February issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine is out now, you should really go pick up a copy, a lot of juicy details in that magazine.

We have a PS3 Slim Bundled with Uncharted 2 and it’s yours for free! Take it!


  1. Sun, 17th Jan 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Whoa, well, I guess he’s not exacty saying Live is Better, it’ just that it sounds so.

    He asked “Yamauchi, do you think live is better than PSN?” Then I don’t think he’d say yes…. The fan boys will use this to spread around the web like hot bread though.. He might have to clarify himself.

  2. Sun, 17th Jan 2010 at 4:18 pm

    he is saying that xbox live is better because he says that playstation games have to build an online system from scratch whereas you don’t for xbox online games

  3. Sun, 17th Jan 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Well he did say “we don’t have a rich online system like an Xbox Live” and although he gave reasons to back why PSN also is a great service, at the end of the day, he said Live is better.

    I really don’t care about it, I play on Live and PSN… IMO PSN is on par with Live but whatever.. I don’t care

  4. Tue, 19th Jan 2010 at 12:38 am

    Don’t have an xbox or ps3 but have buddy’s that do and from playing both and watching them both I’d say each one has it’s own faults and positives. For xbox it’s bigger and has more content but you have to shell out money to play. For ps3 its free has less content and less users but has been making up for it lately

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