Sometimes it’s a pain being right a lot of the time. Earlier this week, a report came out that Sony was looking to sell off their PlayStation Vue. I stated in that port that, “I saw their prices in the beginning as ideal but knew it wouldn’t last. My biggest objection was just this scenario.” It didn’t take long after that initial report was released that Sony announced: PlayStation Vue shutting down.
In their official blog post, Sony is leaning heavily on blaming the market for its demise. “Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected,” Sony states. “Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business.”
“We set the bar high and sought to innovate an established industry by delivering a modern TV experience.”
With PlayStation Vue shutting down on January 30, 2020, that will give people some time to look for alternative sources for television. However, like I mentioned in the original post, Sony is going to have to open up their ecosystem to allow their users to streaming YouTube TV, Fubo, Hulu TV, or even Spectrum. But, from their post, it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen.
“PlayStation fans can continue to access movie and TV content through the PlayStation Store on PS4 and via our partnerships with top entertainment apps,” the statement begins. “With 100 million PlayStation 4s in the market today, our community continues to grow and thrive. We will continue to deliver the best entertainment experiences across the network, along with other key gaming services, including PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus.”
“We will continue to deliver the best entertainment experiences across the network, along with other key gaming services, including PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus.”
With PlayStation Vue shutting down, it relegates the PlayStation to simply a gaming console. They need to adjust to the market, instead of blaming a market that is “slower to change” for your purposes. Sony is still working on the proprietary mentality, of keeping everyone in the Sony field. Even Apple is pulling away from that. The market doesn’t work that way anymore. As I said last time, Sony failed before it even began.