Sony just reported a $300 million Q1 loss following a $5.8 billion loss for the last business year. TV business a permanent money loser and has been blown away by Samsung which is now a global tech giant dwarfing its former Japanese lcd rival. Blu-ray was a dud format and irrelevant now. Apple has trounced Sony in audio with ipod and Sony has little to even throw a pebble against Apple in the smartphone and tablet space. Lastly, MS has managed to topple Playstation in the west delivering a superior network service and far out profiting Sony's game business.
Needless to say, Sony is in dire shape. Vita has been a total dud so far with little on the radar in terms of a quick turn around and the overall gaming handheld market being relegated to a niche. The Gaikai acquisition is somewhat puzzling for the fact of it being unclear how it fits in the overall strategic picture and what part it plays in an next gen strategy.
At this point, is it that far of a stretch to begin to have doubts that there will even be a next-gen offering from Sony? If so, will it be able to come out of the gate with MS or will it be late to the party?
Is there even a point in a successor to PS3? Japanese console business is pretty irrelevant and non-existent these days. MS is the undisputed lead core gaming console in the west. Sony's first party software has been very soft this generation now with recent studio closures and very few of these franchises look like they are going to hang onto any appeal for the next-gen leaving Sony counting largely on hitting it out of the park with new i.p.'s, an unlikely possibility.
Has Playstation home console hardware hit the end of the road and can Sony even afford it at this point? A successful next-gen Playstation console will cost a lot of money for a company bleeding red financials, while a high profile failure will probably be all she wrote for Sony.