The PS3 ‘Didn’t Do Quite As Well As It Should Have’
Sony is rather well known for starting off each generation slowly only to pick up by the end. Both the Playstation 1 and especially the Playstation 2, by the end of their respective generations, were behemoths in the marketplace. Yet according to UK’s Sony MD Fergal Gara, things could have been better. VideoGamer provides details in the following article:
“PlayStation 3 ‘didn’t do quite as well as it should have’ in the UK, Fergal Gara has told VideoGamer.com, explaining that the high price and 15-month gap between the launch of PS3 and Xbox 360 may have impacted the console’s chances of success [...]
‘The truth is it’s a long game. Let’s not forget that PS3 launched a long time after Xbox 360 and didn’t do quite as well as it should have done. But from being so far behind on timing and on pricing it’s delivered quite respectably despite all of that.’ [...]
PS3 launched in the UK on March 23, 2007 for £425, four months after its initial Japanese launch and fifteen months after the Xbox 360 arrived in the UK [...]
PlayStation 4 launches in the UK on November 29. The console has already reached over 1 million pre-orders.”
It’s interesting that despite all of these setbacks, such as the 15 month head start the Xbox 360 had, the Playstation 3 still wound up beating its competitors. Perhaps it wasn’t quite as game changing as the Playstation 1, which was the first system to begin catering to a more mature audience, nor did it have a gaming library with as many titles or classics.
Regardless, the PS3 still fared well, and did in fact turn a significant profit by the end of its generation. The lesson one could suppose needs to be learned here is to “count one’s blessings.” The Playstation 4 already has over 1 million pre-orders in the UK, and in accordance to various polls is beating the Xbox 1 in both popularity and pre-orders by huge margins.
If anything, Sony is a company that more or less learns from its mistakes, and implements measures to avoid those mistakes with subsequent generations. Such reflection on a corporate level is quite rare, and should be appreciated.