Sony has been facing plenty of problems (er... challenges) lately, from exploding batteries to rootkits to PS3 launch troubles, and it's even resulted in them claiming awards they didn't win. However, it appears that Sony CEO Howard Stringer has gone even further. Another Mike submitted a recent interview with Stringer where he talks about how the PS3 will drive the adoption of Blu-Ray, and then proceeds to do a little rewriting of history: "The people who like Blu-ray are the people who play PlayStation 3, just as people who play PS2s were the early proponents of the DVD format. It drove the DVD format." That seems to be a rather convenient rewriting of history. It is true that the PS2 included a DVD player, which helped in selling the PS2, but it hardly drove the format. Surfing a big wave that already is going strong hardly means you created that wave. As for the Blu-Ray, there are big differences this time around. Unlike the DVD which was already a big and growing success at the time the PS2 launched, Blu-Ray is still very early, and many people don't see the reason to upgrade. Furthermore, the addition of the Blu-Ray drive to the PS3 is a big part of why the company has had trouble selling the console. It drove up the cost significantly, forcing Sony to price the PS3 well above the competition (even while taking a loss on each device). So, even if the history did support Stringer's view, the same factors aren't in play this time around.
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