Sony copies from Nintendo
Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Kaz Hirai claims that Microsoft copies all of Sony’s moves in the game industry, but clearly Sony itself is not the originator of innovative ideas around gaming.
“Every time we go down a path, we look behind and [Microsoft is] right there – we just can’t shake these guys. I wish that they would come up with some strategies of their own, but they seem to be going down the path of everything we do. If you look at their strategy in other business areas as well, they tend to do that.”
Really, Sony? Microsoft follows you around? Wait, didn’t Sony shun Microsoft’s tiered console pricing scheme, only to adopt it in the PS3? And wasn’t the PlayStation originally only a response to their failed partnership with Nintendo? And wasn’t the PSP merely a response to the hegemonic success of the Game Boy? And what about the new motion controller developers told us was a last minute feature creep to counter Nintendo’s Wiimote? And the PS3 online service, slated for introduction long after Xbox Live? Sorry guys, you’re not winning any hearts and minds when you try to pull the hype-woven wool over the everybody’s eyes.
There’s an apropos idiom in English: People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.