“Applaud, my friends the comedy is over.”
Sometime, long ago, I wrote a long exposé trashing Sony. Most people have no idea how close this technological pioneer has come to bankruptcy over and over. Well, it’s true, because of their research and design innovations, they created concepts such as the Betamax and MiniDisc. Both were their designs- both of which failed miserably. What resurrected this company was not thePlaystation, but the Playstation 2- more commonly called “PS2.” The PS2 is credited with being the best-selling game console of all time, according to Time Magazine, and its wide use is also thought to have aided the popularity of DVDs, as a drive for the discs was built into the machine. The PS2 first went on sale in March 2000 in Japan and since then more than 150million PS2 consoles have been sold. The PS2 was so popular that it outsold its replacement for the first three years that the PlayStation 3 was available. The architecture behind the PS2 included a unique processor known as the Emotion Engine, and was originally incorporated into the early PS3, allowing those with PS2 games to be played on the PS3. As PS2 sales climbed, the Blu-ray-ready PS3 was taking a backseat. The only way to promote sales was to remove the Emotion Engine from all future PS3 consoles.
I’m like you in many ways, in that I don’t live in my mother’s basement, playing World of Warcraft. In point of fact, I don’t have any video games that I play. What makes the PS3 an amazing console is its ease of use, built-in hard drive and Blu-ray player, all of which makes it one of the greatest multimedia units on the market. I will stream Netflix, Amazon On-Demand, store all of your digital movies and pictures and still play video games for those into that type of thing. With a system, which offers so much, it speaks volumes when its predecessor is being eliminated by the time you finish reading this.
Today is history. Today will be remembered. Years from now the young will ask with wonder about this day. Today is history and you are part of it. Sony took hold. They were the silent consultants on the iPhone. They prospered in business, science, education, and the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they flourished. For over a decade there has been a PS2. By this evening this decade will be a rumor. Sony never happened. Today is history.
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