Monday, April 27, 2009 | 8:22 PM

Versus week 1 episode 1

Versus week 1 episode 1

It's been a long and quite difficult birth, but we are very happy and proud to release this first episode of Versus. Every Monday we'll release an interview of someone from the Gaming industry, and for this first episode we had the chance to sit down and talk with Georges Fornay, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment France for a long and interesting conversation about the PS3.
Update: Talking about a difficult birth, the first version of the video had a pretty big sound issue, along with a few typos in the subtitles. A new version is now online, with everything as it should have been since the beginning :)


No HD for this first show, and quite a few issues with the sound mixing on the second part of the video. We are still working on our brand new work flow and needless to say it's far from perfect. Expect the upcoming 2 weeks to be still a bit chaotic. Thanks for your patience!

Week 1 Episode 1 (FR fixed sound)
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Week 1 Episode 1 (EN fixed sound)
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Commented on 2009-04-27 17:53:32
Very good work. Funny and stylish.
Commented on 2009-04-27 18:03:46
: o ... : D

suicide-watch: postponed.
Commented on 2009-04-27 18:06:29
I just finished watching the French Version when I saw it posted on the french website. I thought the interview was SPOT ON. Asked the questions most people were dying to find out the answers to as well. Well done guys.
Commented on 2009-04-27 18:20:26
Interesting stuff.

I can't help but wonder why the girl was there. I don't think we even heard her voice once, just the occasional nod.

My only other criticism would be that the camera cuts around a lot, which although it might seem as if it makes the interview more dynamic, in my opinion it just makes it slightly dizzying to watch.

Other than that though, great start and good interview. Makes me feel a little happier to own a PS3.
Commented on 2009-04-27 18:47:39
Sony keeps repeating the same message, and rightly so, I agree with their philosophy 100% by the way.
I believe in 3-5 years the PS3 will still be here very strongly and it will still be improving.

Great interview.

To give feedback on the episode itself:
As I only know English, I was reading subtitles and when trying to read the subtitles/ watch the interview etc all at the same time those beeping noises in the background music didn't really help.

That was the only stand out 'bad thing' for me, the rest will improve as weeks pass I'm sure (it felt a bit rough overall but as I say and you mentioned in the text, I'm sure it'll improve).
Commented on 2009-04-27 18:49:13 In reply to Burglarize
Posted by cooleo_no1
Interesting stuff.

I can't help but wonder why the girl was there. I don't think we even heard her voice once, just the occasional nod.

My only other criticism would be that the camera cuts around a lot, which although it might seem as if it makes the interview more dynamic, in my opinion it just makes it slightly dizzying to watch.

Other than that though, great start and good interview. Makes me feel a little happier to own a PS3.
she is pretty hot doh
Commented on 2009-04-27 18:53:06
The thing i ask my self is, if sony wouldnt of been up against MS n nintendo would they of released an non HD console? an would they of not bothered with the power etc...

half of what that guy says is BS, as for the last 3 E3's sony have been sayin the same thing!

I think sony do neeed a big E3 this yr, but i can see nintendos an MS's bein just as big!
Commented on 2009-04-27 19:11:41
Look at Gamersyde, all grown up :)
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:08:08
To start off: very nice interview, with daring and relevant questions. It is nice to see an unbiased interview and with unbiased I mean: many other reporters would be glad to have a big CEO on their show and then complimenting him on the great job they are doing etc... You guys however dare to step up. Well done. I don't know why the girl was there, but I hope she will play her part in latter episodes.

Now the not so good things (IMO): The music is distracting and doesn't fit the interview or the set-up of the interview. I think the episode would have an even more 'mature' appeal if there wasn't any music at all. Just straight up conversation, man to man. I also agree that a steady cam would have been better than this dynamic movement which again does not really fit the set-up.

In all: very nice and hoping to see more very soon.

About what the CEO said: I think Sony makes the right decission not to give in on the 'casual Wii-market'. The PS3 is not a casual product, and has all the potential to stand out. It is quite clear this machine has to last at least 3-4 more years, and it will in the end. They shouldn't be trying to chase Microsoft, because Microsoft will release a new console much sooner. The challenge is then upon Microsoft to make the successor succesfull, knowing that they will again stop support for the previous console as they did with Xbox, as soon as the new console hits the market. I don't think people will keep buying new consoles over and over again. But that's my guess.

I have both systems, and like them alike for gaming. But I do prefer the PS3 as a whole multimedia system.
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:09:04
Nice interview, quality work as usual from the Gamersyde crew.

As for the Sony CEO, well said and with both feet on the ground. I think he summed it up nicely there. Except for one thing: I myself am ready to get a next gen 360 in two years or so, though I don't know if many others feel the same.

I don't think the PS3 has all that much headroom left. Sure, the hardware will be utilized somewhat better the coming years, but it'll be subtle. It's a given the PS3 won't be able to keep up to MS's next console, not by a long shot. But, when will it arrive? I hope within the next 2 years, 3 years tops and I'll probably get mine day one...
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:12:40 In reply to droezelke
About the music, it was a final sound mixing problem. I'm uploading a fixed version now with a much less annoying music ;)
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:13:52
Cool interview, some good questions there.

Really enjoyed, cool episode. :)
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:15:42
First off, great job guys! I really like your style.
Secondly, I really hope the Nintendo way is not going to be the way of the future. Just look at the Wii- I sold mine a couple months after I got it because it was never in use. Also notice how when a game is released, the support of traditional control methods is always seen as a positive. Nintendo always spouts about how their new controller will be the way forward( they said it with the N64 controller and the gamecube controller) but, at least for the Wii, I hated that control method- it's not immersive, it's annoying and often times is more limited than the traditional methods, IMO. On top of all that is the lack of power has hamstrung the system time and again, it has always been a stagnant gimmick in my mind. Sorry for the rant, but the day the consoles stop moving forward is the day I become an exclusive PC gamer...
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:19:25
Good interview, as always. Give the girl something to do next time though.
I hope there's a Nintendo executive interview coming up. I'd like to hear them answer the HD question.
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:20:52 In reply to BlimBlim
Was just my opinion. I just mentioned it because you guys wanted feedback.
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:23:45
Very good interview!

At least he owned up to a few thing that his US counterparts bever will due to their overinflated egos
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:24:29
Just one thing that crossed my mind now actually.

There have been COUNTLESS debates about this here and literally everywhere around the net and there still is. IS the PS3 really more powerful than the 360 ? because honestly, I dont believe it "seeing is believing" and I am not seeing any differences graphics wise and now we're in the 3rd year of the console. The only difference is BlueRay which makes the console future proof but that's about it.

The argument of the person being interviewed seems to hinge on this and that's what all Sony execs are saying and sticking to since the PS3 was announced but I simply dont buy it.
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:26:18 In reply to droezelke
Posted by droezelke
Was just my opinion. I just mentioned it because you guys wanted feedback.
We appreciate the feedback :) Check the fixed version though, it's online.
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:33:49 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
Just one thing that crossed my mind now actually.

There have been COUNTLESS debates about this here and literally everywhere around the net and there still is. IS the PS3 really more powerful than the 360 ? because honestly, I dont believe it "seeing is believing" and I am not seeing any differences graphics wise and now we're in the 3rd year of the console. The only difference is BlueRay which makes the console future proof but that's about it.

The argument of the person being interviewed seems to hinge on this and that's what all Sony execs are saying and sticking to since the PS3 was announced but I simply dont buy it.
Well, there is a subtle thing the CEO mentioned about the power of the PS3 (at least that's how I understood it), and that is the exclusives. At the moment Sony does not have the funds to convince developpers to make games exclusive for PS3. The exclusives that the PS3 does have (Uncharted, Killzone2, MGS4, the upcoming Heavy Rain), show that the machine is capable of great graphics (even better than the Xbox360 has shown now after 4 years). So when they will obtain the funds in the future, exclusives will show that the PS3 is future proof (I hope).
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:40:23
I think the background music was too loud and interfered with the voices in the interview, other than that great episode.
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:44:11 In reply to valioso
Posted by valioso
I think the background music was too loud and interfered with the voices in the interview, other than that great episode.
It was a sound mixing issue when we exported the final video. Check the video now :)
Commented on 2009-04-27 20:47:52 In reply to BlimBlim
Posted by BlimBlim
It was a sound mixing issue when we exported the final video. Check the video now :)
Well done! Couldn't be better. ;o)
Commented on 2009-04-27 21:04:09
This was really nice and interesting, looking forward to the rest of the episodes ^^
Commented on 2009-04-27 21:56:23
Very good interview, relevant questions and it felt like it was an unbiased interview which I really want to give you guys KUDOS for.

Presentation was also very good although if I might nitpick:

- Girl not relevant in this episode. Maybe you should've included her or left her out altogether.
- Camera work; I don't mind if the camera is moving, but the constant switching positions isn't helping...

Music spot on and keeps it lively.

Very well done and I'm looking forward to the next episode...
Commented on 2009-04-27 22:11:27 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
Just one thing that crossed my mind now actually.

There have been COUNTLESS debates about this here and literally everywhere around the net and there still is. IS the PS3 really more powerful than the 360 ? because honestly, I dont believe it "seeing is believing" and I am not seeing any differences graphics wise and now we're in the 3rd year of the console. The only difference is BlueRay which makes the console future proof but that's about it.

The argument of the person being interviewed seems to hinge on this and that's what all Sony execs are saying and sticking to since the PS3 was announced but I simply dont buy it.
i think they're reletively equal, although the 2 best looking games are uncharted and killzone 2 imo, which happen to be ps3 titles, make of that what you will.
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