Whoa?! Sony Knows Kung Fu ... Again
January 8, 2008 4:34 AM
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Sony's days of selling you a proprietary DRM-encrusted rootkit and then detonating it may be all in the past
In our first year of operation, many slammed
for "overtly negative Sony bias."
This was pure folly, of course, as 2006 was the advent of Sony's perfect storm. Oops, did I wordsmith a cliche? Perhaps so, according to some public relations department at a university
better known for its hockey players
than English professors.
But let's not let some
hack ruin the fun
Post-2007 Sony is the new pre-2006 Sony. It's only been seven days into the month, and already things are looking way up for the company.
The HD DVD / Blu-ray debate is not a done deal, but with
Warner already siding with Blu-ray
, what else is there to say?
, known better for its predictions that don't come true than ones that do,
says Paramount is next
. Who cares anyway? The media already crowned Blu-ray the winner.
And who could forget the 2006 DRM-rootkit debacle the decimated Sony's public relations. The company was quick to throw its developer under the bus --
a sweet cash settlement
typical B2B litigation followed
In one brilliant stroke, Sony
amended all wrongdoings by dropping DRM
And to make things even sweeter, the company is
pretty far ahead in OLED research
vows to make the PS3 profitable
Maybe this is Sony's year to give back its 2006 losses. OK, so there's still the exploding battery debacle. But now at least Sony has something to do with the next 359 days of the year.
Yes, it's a leap year if you were playing at home.
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RE: Sony is not SonyBMG
1/10/2008 11:43:04 AM
'Percieved' act of arrogance? Please.
I used to love Sony. My last home theater was
Sony. Sony TV, Sony reciever, Sony 5-disc DVD player, Sony VCR. I have a Sony digital camera I love as well.
I could care less about consoles as I'm a PC guy (even though I own both a Xbox and a 360 I hardly ever touch them, they were given to me).
Being a Japanese company, they're supposed to be anal about perfection and quality control, just like the Japanese auto industry, etc.
Then the millions of batteries started to be recalled. Sony would issue a statement down-playing the issue and a resolution. Then it seemed every week for the next month or two another company that used Sony batteries would release an announcement of the millions of Sony batteries THEY had to recall.
Then you had the whole Sony DRM rootkit fiasco, compromising thousands of computers - and in response to public outcry Sony offered a lame and wholly un-proportional apology and 'reimbursement' after the class-action lawsuit.
Then you had all the Sony BS hype leading up to the PS3's release. Priceless comments from Ken K. about how the masses shouldn't mind spending 2-3x more than any other console to date because it was a Sony product. The comments about the Sixaxis controller not needing (or wanting) rumble becuase it was so 'last gen' when anyone with a clue knew it was soley due to the fact Sony couldn't license the tech because of another lawsuit.
Then the PS3 was released, and we got to hear about shortages of PS3's, all the fallout of morons waiting in line to get one. The charges of Sony's hype machine working overtime for a product you couldnt buy just after release, the stories of people getting shot, mugged, etc. etc. Jack Trenton's comments about "I'll give you X amount for any PS3 you can find on a shelf" (granted people with a clue knew about time-shift between when the comment was made vs. when the comment was released to the public). The absolute ABYSMAL 'selection' of titles available to the PS3 even months after launch. Sony kept dropping the ball, again, and again, and again. All the time making asinine, outrageous, and flat-out untruthful comments we tech-savvy readers saw right though.
If you want to cry "Sony hate!" then you either don't or can't admit Sony is 99% responsible for that perception to itself.
That being said, I'm no MS fan either. Vista is a stinking pile on SO many levels. The 360 RROD was a fiasco, but after MS saw the issues weren't due to mis-handling or abuse, they stepped up to the plate (granted, taking their sweet time) with the extended warranty, etc. Again, I don't play consoles, so I could really care less who comes out on top of the console market. But from my outside-looking-in perspective; the PS3 can't touch the 360 as it stands. It simply doesnt have the titles or the refinement the 360 has. Can that change in the future? Absolutley. As others have mentioned, Sony seems to be releasing regular firmware updates, a positive sign. But again, Sony is shooting itself in the foot still. They're charging insane amounts of money for a PS3 SDK for a console that is already a bitch to program for. MS? They're practically giving their SDK away, trying to entince new talent.
[Note that up to this point, I've purposely not mentioned HD vs Bluray, or the cost differences between consoles. Those are things that only an individual consumer can judge if those features are worth it or not to them.]
In summary, I used to love Sony, but watching them stumble and making mistake after mistake and then spinning (read: lying) issues to people about things has made me lose all respect for them as a company.
My new HD home theater setup now contains a Samsung plasma, OPPO DVD player, and Onkyo reciever. I'm not going to invest in one of the HD disc formats until there's a clear winner. But rest assured, even if Bluray does win out in the end, it won't be a Sony BR player I buy. Just like I won't be buying Vista.
RE: Sony is not SonyBMG
1/10/2008 9:49:07 PM
I'm glad your response was downrated because the simple fact is that Sony has been no different than other companies in its business practices. I don't look to corporate entities for moral guidance and firmly believe in "caveat emptor." It sucks but as long as governments give businesses free passes to screw consumers, I don't pick sides when it comes to the ethics of companies. I don't like MS strictly because, even employing some of the best minds in the industry, its products are mediocre at best.
As for the 360 outclassing the PS3, that's just false. The PS3 is better designed and quieter than the 360 and has media features that are superior. But getting into a pissing contest about it wouldn't serve anything.
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