Friday, April 27, 2007

Kutaragi, Father Of Playstation Bids Sayonara

I totally called this last September, by the way.
LDPO: Rakes Sony Over The Coals

I think that for a division head at Sony Corp to come right out say, essentially "We're screwed" is monumental. Don't be surprised to see Mr. Kutaragi fall on his sword, at least metaphorically, over the whole Playstation3 disaster.

And so Ken Kutaragi joins notable luminaries, such as myself, as ex-Sony.
C-Net: Sony says sayonara to father of PlayStation

The "PlayStation 3 has been a huge disappointment, No. 3 out of three in terms of console sales," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. "It's been a huge embarrassment for the firm, and a huge hole that money has been pouring into."

Console sales in March Number of next-generation video game consoles sold in March in the U.S.
Nintendo Wii
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Source: NPD Group

Enderle said despite Kutaragi's massive success with previous iterations of the PlayStation, he probably couldn't survive the very public drubbing the PS3 has gotten in the market so far.
"When you go from superstar to walking disaster, there are few executives that can survive that," Enderle said. "You're only as good as your last financial report, and while he was given some leeway (with the PS3) there were obviously some huge mistakes."

On the bright side, Sony no longer expects senior execs to "atone" for bringing shame upon the brand.

Then again, given the generally rough year they've had, with batteries, PS3, and whatnot, maybe Sony could use some fresh faces and new ideas.

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1 comment:

Charles Farley said...

If Kutaragi-san had any dignity, he would cut off his pinkie finger at the knuckle.