GGG: We take a look at some Sony products that didn't win consumers' hearts and minds.
All of these things just seem like demonstrations in technical prowess, I can see why they didn't catch on, but you have to admit, most are pretty cool.
I like the list, but it gets kind of week towards the end. What I will say is that it's hard to find a company like Sony who goes all balls out with so many attempts to innovate. They fall flat on their face so often, but they get right back up and keep on going. Gotta love how many failures they've had-or major issues with their success-due to their choice in media format. I was actually surprised to see BD win considering Sony's history with attempting to create proprietary media formats. Still pissed at the lack of a standard SD slot on my PSP, really hate the overpriced and limited file size Sony duo sticks.
Gotta agree with you there, Duo Sticks are way overpriced and incompatible with any product without a Sony label. Luckily Sony make great digital cameras so I can share cards there. I think BD succeeded because Sony partnered with many companies looking to introduce a HD format to the public. Unlike with Duo Stick or Minidiscs, which were more like single-handed, shameless attempts to gain 100% control over formats. However even their 'failed' attempts at hardware are still good, quality products... just without a market to buy them.
"I was actually surprised to see BD win considering Sony's history with attempting to create proprietary media formats." Oh god...
Any company on the planet has products and ideas that do not work out commercially. Granted a few of these items are "WTF were they thinking!?" worthy. Also I'd love to see a Microsoft/Apple list, and you could probably write a book on Nintendo's failed add-ons.
Even though I agree with you. You contradict yourself. You say "Articles like this are pointless" then go on to say "Also I'd love to see a Microsoft/Apple list, and you could probably write a book on Nintendo's failed add-ons" game on.
Geez, that Tech it is from 1999. Sony was developing PS Move or the Motion controller Prototype in that time. I wonder what tech is now developing Sony to be released in 2020.
Something of great quality and ahead of the curve - you can always count on that.
Oled is not a failure, its the future
and all tech companies have successes and failures period. this is not hard to understand.
I dont know what those things in the pic are, but I kinda want one.
Man, fair go! Sony products are generally great - it's Microsoft that's the problem! I mean, look at the Zune. What a lump of shit.
Tell me about it, anyway, cant waste all my time on N4G, gotta get some tunes on my minidisc.
Zune is far from a poor product. Lots of people love the user interface of the device, they just feel that it came too late to the game to openly compete with the already dominating iPod industry.
Sorry, but the Zune brand is not a lump of shit. Apple media players may still be more popular, but Zune is easily 2nd place. 2nd place in a crowded market of music players is hardly considered a failure. The Zune brand managed to get a marketplace for music, movies, videos, podcasts, etc. just like iTunes. Its all available on your TV from an Xbox 360 too. From experience, I think Zunes are amazing media players. Even if it is Microsoft's version of the iPod, I think it was done better [excluding the app store]
@csimpson - this article has nothing to do with MS. Anyways, I love my Bravia TV and my PS3, but let me tell you as far as big name digital receivers/speakers, Sony's receivers are at the bottom of the list..Denon, Yamaha, klipsch...beat them hands down. I will not even go into Sony's car audio, head units are ok, but amps, speakers and subs are average at best.
An article about sony products failing but it turns into an article about microsoft products....doing guass what? failing of course.
I "guess" spelling isn't one of your strong points.Think you should change your name......it's full of failure.
Sonys greatest flops....wow.
Every company has it's flops. If this list was for MS instead of Sony, it would reach 1000 degrees easy.
The differences is : sony innovate each years, since many years, microsoft don't (or just a little : they are a software compagny first), so it's logic to see some "fails" in their long success story.
that MS does little innovation, heck the company was founded on an OS which they didn't invent. They stole Apple's GUI which Apple stole from somebody else. Apple stole the idea of mouse from Fujitsu. So the list goes on.
There is a MS one. I seen it earlier on the techspy section of the site along with this article.
And...... someone says something stupid. Surprised you didn't say Move but PS3 is just as stupid. I am sorry I guess you haven't been reading the 41 million units sold, Move selling out or the ton of exclusives coming out for the Ps3 next year. Dose that sound like a flop to you?
Why do we see news/crap like this about 4 times a year about ms/sony. we need to know who approves this crap/news
WTF there was a microsoft one like this. And it has one xbox reference and it Failed. And this gets approved. WOW
I'd Buy the PSX if given the chance and OLED is the future like some people above me said.
I think Sony's problem is most of their products are really expensive
That's the cost of innovation. Sony doesn't wait until a couple people test the market...Sony attempts to create the market.
Theirs a lot of windows products that flop, one of them was in the dreamcast. I don't see how psx flop, it was only in japan and they are very rare to find, theirs even a off brand of a gamecube (it looks awesome but not willing to pay 500 bucks for it). But yeah, everyone makes a bad product, this site just needs hits.
Dreamcast wasn't a Windows product. :)
WRONG!!! The Dreamcast wasn't a Microsoft product but the Windows that ran in the Dreamcast was, theirs a very small number of companys that even use that Windows program. Heres a link: http://www.pocketpclife.com... I know my old school systems pretty well, this is another reason why Microsoft went of to make Xbox (Mostly because the Dreamcast die and Sony didn't want Windows in the PS2).
Dreamcast is a Sega product that runs on Windows CE. Not a Windows product.
Are you just dumb or what? "WRONG!!! The Dreamcast wasn't a Microsoft product but the Windows that ran in the Dreamcast was, theirs a very small number of companys that even use that Windows program. " Where does it say I said it was a Microsoft? I didn't, I just said it use a Microsoft product.
Windows CE says hi.
yipeeee! its 2006! happy new year!
I was surprised such a negative Sony article would even get passed on a site like this. The way most people here look at it Sony can never do anything wrong. Glad to see so many failures, PSPGO, PS2 HDD should be on that list too.
The article wasn't negative, it was well researched, and very unbiased. Did you even read the article, or did you just say you did?
You can had the MiniDisc! :p
Flops, yes, but it is very good to see a company that is willing to take a risk to introduce new technology to the field and help set future trends for exciting consumer electronics. You gotta think, maybe Apple said well, Sony tried it with the Airboard, lets see if we can have success with a similar product. And viola, they did. But What if Sony never tried, would have Apple even thought of the iPad. And that's exactly why Sony leads the market it technological development and innovation, their ability to take those risks and share their ideas with the world are the reason we have so many great products available. And I personally hope they continue to be aggressive because it's good to know that most of the money we give to Sony for all their products and services are going to R&D so that we have have even better products in the future, unlike one of their more greedier competitors.
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