If the gaming industry (and the technology industry) is wanting to thrive, it must innovate, according to the PlayStation Europe Boss, Jim Ryan. When Ryan spoke to MCV, the executive sounded off on the varied trends in the gaming industry today.
“It is great that the industry evolves and goes in different directions,” Ryan said. “No entertainment industry can just carry on the way it was. For our industry to thrive and prosper it has to evolve and it has to innovate.”
Ryan continued to explain that he thinks and believes closed platforms are “breaking down a bit” due to the rise of connected devices. He continued to note that the PlayStation 2 and PSP were not properly connected devices at all. That said, he mentioned that the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation vita were good connected platforms.
“This is new ground for us,” he said. “It didn’t seem it at the time but these walled gardens are actually nice, cosy places, and we are now going out into the big bad world where there are no rules. We are trying to set those rules.”
The executive continued to say that Sony is essentially forced to “reset” much of the way it thinks, and noted that the company has been pushing the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3 “basically the same way,” and that this was a terrible mistake.
“And then all of a sudden we are like ‘You have to forget that and think differently’,” he finished.
As you can see, Jim Ryan is talking about the gaming industry here. But if you think about, Sony is already doing a fantastic job innovating. Their Sony Mobile division with the Xperia lineup is a fantastic example of that. The Xperia has its exclusive apps along with exclusive apps made by Sony (and Gaikai the cloud gaming service on the way) that are actually really well developed and thought out. It’s not something that the average consumer would consider “bloatware” if they took a few minutes to look at it. It’s sort of like Motorola has their WebTop Connector, that was pretty innovative, but we haven’t really seen anything truly innovative in the tech industry. I think with the AOSP experiment and some other tricks Sony Mobile might have up their sleeves, we could see them thriving ahead of everyone else in both the tech and gaming industry.
Samsung makes some really good products but in my personal opinion, no one does it better than Sony if you want to argue innovation. For instance, take a look at their accessories for the up and coming Xperia tablet. Has ASUS done that, Samsung even? Not really, it just makes me think that Sony has some really good ideas that we could be seeing soon and will therefore be a huge success. That is, if the consumer is willing to see it.
In summary, I just think that Sony is ahead of the game with some of their upcoming devices and other companies won’t be able to get ahead of the game when Sony releases some of these products they have lined up.
Hopefully this also hints at a upcoming next-gen PlayStation console too, that would be really cool to see happen. XperiaStation anyone?
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