This is more of an interesting piece of Sony-speak than anything. In essence, Sony thinks that expectations of the PS3 are getting built up into the unrealistic zone, thanks in majority to the great success felt by the PS2. SCEA President Jack Tretton went on record
saying that if the PS2 flopped and placing Sony in third overall for the console war, "people would have a warm spot in their hearts for the good old days of PlayStation and they'd actually root for us to get back on top. But I don't know if we want to pay the price to get that kind of [love]."
Tretton clearly doesn't want the PS3 to fall into third place to get some love in the upcoming generations... like... six years from now. However, he's not all that concerned about such a reality -- he's confident the PS3 is the best system out there (we'll just need some, you know, games to judge that belief) and will remain the market leader in the long term. In the long term, you'll find nothing but complete agreement from us. For another year? We may have to take a few sucker-punches and get comfortable in second place -- we'll get out of third fairly soon. Maybe. Probably. What do you guys think? If the PS2 had failed (and certain genres of games moved to the GameCube, probably thrusting it to the top), would more people think back on the "good old days of PlayStation" and root for the PS3?