When the topic of sluggish PlayStation 3 sales is brought up, Peter Moore
recalls his previous corporate life and asks, "Remember the Dreamcast?" Speaking to Next-Generation
's Colin Campbell, the Microsoft exec compares Sony's current difficulties
with those he experienced with Sega on its final console. "We thought we were doing right," he says. "All of a sudden it didn't pan out."
Though we're not privy to the same lucid and possibly prophetic dreams Mr. Moore is, lumping Sony's latest effort into the same category as the Dreamcast
brings with it many sticky implications, intended or not. Is Moore saying the PlayStation 3 is failing to "pan out" for Sony, less than a year into its supposed ten-year life
? Sega came out of the gate strongly and promptly drove off a financial cliff like Thelma and Louise, whereas Sony is off to a slow start and has every chance
of picking up the pace. Moore goes on to say that Sony's focus on the Cell processor and the Blu-ray drive was a mistake, that it "miscalculated the global consumer's appetite for the experience the offered at the price point they offered it at." But wasn't the PS2's "Emotion Engine" and DVD drive instrumental in its triumph over Moore's ex-box?
We remember when the Xbox 360 was given the Dreamcast treatment
as a means to highlight impending failure, and it was as odd then as it is now. Despite the system's commercial demise under the watch of a struggling manufacturer
, it enjoyed amazing first-party support and is still remembered for hosting some remarkable games and innovations. When did being compared to the Dreamcast become such a bad
[Via Xbox 360 Rally