"An IDC analyst has criticized media who have suggested that Ken Kutaragi's retirement from Sony is some kind of punishment for PlayStation 3's launch performance.
Billy Pidgeon wrote in a new report, "The popular press scenario [which] casts the PS3 as Sony's folly has journalists suggesting that Kutaragi's retirement is a dressing down for a failed PS3 launch. IDC believes this is a facile, myopic perspective. The negative on the PS3 is that the console is a late bloomer.
"IDC believes that Mr. Kutaragi's considerable talents are needed behind the scenes developing next generation technology rather running a business unit.