Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:52 UTC
Games I've often harped on Apple for its policy regarding jailbreaking, but of course, Apple isn't the only company engaging in such practices. We already talked about Motorola, and now, we have Sony - already a company with a checkered past when it comes to consumer rights. As it turns out, Sony don't want you jailbreaking your their Playstation 3.
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RE[4]: Ownership or Rental?
by Neolander on Wed 8th Sep 2010 09:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Ownership or Rental?"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

It would be interesting to see someone start a competing network to PSN, since Sony missed the mark in so many places with their consoles this time out.

SCEA needs to tell the rest of Sony to stick it where the sun don't shine, the Ps3 was billed as a computer, as such they should have had the basics that others have talked about available at or soon after launch, all of Sony's media software should have been ported imediatly, Youtube, Pandora et al.

All of Sony's music, movies and back catalog of first party games all at launch, full support of indie game development should have been a top priority. So what it pisses off EA, they aren't going to jump ship on a market as large as Sony provides since they aren't about anything but volume rehashes of their existing franchises.

The music should have, at the very least been released in .mp3, they had a chance at tying every Sony product into the console and really they should have as it would have strengthened their Apple like cult following that I've seen in some people when it comes to Sony products.

But nope, idiot project managers, DRM bound idiots and skiddish CEOs killed what should have been a turning point for them and would have likely ended up being a death nail in the XBox.

You should really read about the minidisc (the sole highly reliable numeric storage medium available to everyone in the last few years, among other things), if you don't know this story already. History repeats itself.

Edited 2010-09-08 10:00 UTC

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RE[5]: Ownership or Rental?
by Moredhas on Wed 8th Sep 2010 10:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Ownership or Rental?"
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2008-04-10

Sony have an uncanny knack for ruining every opportunity that comes their way, and yet still surviving and turning a proffit. Ruined opportunoties seem to be the biggest money-spinner for companies these days, though. Take the iPad: should hace been a tablet Mac, instead its a giant iPod Touch. I think I speak for everyone when I say that while its a cool device, we were all severely underwhelmed when Jobs unveiled it.

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RE[6]: Ownership or Rental?
by Kivada on Wed 8th Sep 2010 10:34 in reply to "RE[5]: Ownership or Rental?"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Yes, it's too bad though that more people don't know about the Axiotron Modbook, more so that they still have yet to launch the modbook pro. http://www.axiotron.com/index.php?id=modbookpro

Not that their prices don't need to come down, but a lightened version of the pro and a good 256Gb SSD stomps most anything to dust, if only Apple where to hire these guys...

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RE[5]: Ownership or Rental?
by Kivada on Wed 8th Sep 2010 10:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Ownership or Rental?"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Oh I know all about the MD, I was set on getting one myself, till I started finding the horror stories of people like yourself all over the net.

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RE[6]: Ownership or Rental?
by Neolander on Wed 8th Sep 2010 10:38 in reply to "RE[5]: Ownership or Rental?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Oh I know all about the MD, I was set on getting one myself, till I started finding the horror stories of people like yourself all over the net.

Then you'll agree with me that it's funny how similar those two stories are. The way I see it, the following list perfectly describes the Sony product creation cycle :

1/Some guy has a great idea, tells the management
2/Management check if they have some funding, if the idea sounds commercially viable, and says that's okay
3/Engineers start to work on the product, make it even greater than the original idea while keeping it low-priced
4/???
5/When the product is released (or some times later, after an update), it's full of silly limitations based on user distrust. People get pissed off, especially when product reliability gets hurt in the way. Sony reputation suffers.
6/Go back to step 1.

Edited 2010-09-08 10:40 UTC

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