Has Sony Finally Realized That Open Platforms Are Good?
from the for-real? dept
Sony is pretty famous for creating closed platform after closed platform locked down with incredibly damaging DRM. Back in 2005, there was a surprise statement from Sony’s Ken Kutaragi, where he admitted that the company made a mistake in focusing on proprietary consumer electronics… but it seemed like no one was listening. The company kept on coming out with locked down, proprietary offerings. So, we were a bit skeptical a year ago when Sony CEO Howard Stringer once again claimed that Sony should have been more open. You can say it all you want, but if your solutions are still proprietary, it’s pretty meaningless.
Could Sony finally be realizing that there really is a benefit to openness? Perhaps only after getting crushed in the market. But, people are noting that Sony’s agreement to use Google’s open GoogleTV platform is extremely un-Sony-like. Of course, it might just be a desperation ploy — and too little, too late — for a company that hasn’t been considered a real leader in the space in many years.