Published 19 September, 2013 | by Michael Petch6
Is Sony the next SEGA?
SEGA was the coolest gaming brand of the late 80’s and early 90’s. They released hit after hit on the Mega Drive, many of which remain household names even today. Games like Sonic, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe and Mortal Kombat (with red blood!) helped SEGA establish themselves as the number 1 choice for mature gamers. SEGA Does What Nintendon’t ran one of the more well-known SEGA commercials. Nintendo ultimately won the sales battle but SEGA ran a close second.
Everything was going well for SEGA until the game changing 32 bit era. SEGA stuck with what they knew, providing a super powered 2D loving powerhouse in the form of the Saturn. Almost out of nowhere Sony joined the fight with a much cheaper option that showed us how 3D gaming can be handled properly on home consoles. Over the next couple of years Sony went on to completely steal SEGA’s crown as the king of cool, offering a range of 3D games that were damn impressive at the time. Sega tried again with the Dreamcast but by that point and despite their best efforts the market had moved on and SEGA pulled the plug on console releases. Sony pretty much took SEGA’s space at the console table and they have been there ever since.
With the next-gen systems due to be released in the next couple of months Sony find themselves in a position they are not used to, one of uncertainty. Nintendo may not be the great contender they were just a few years back but Microsoft have slowly turned the tables and having won the 360 Vs PS3 war (that’s right, it’s over, Microsoft won, I’m calling it, if it wasn’t for Blu-Ray….) Sony need to come out fighting with the PS4 or they may well end up out of the console market completely. Here’s why I think Sony could be heading the same way SEGA were when they launched the Dreamcast.
Saturn = PS3
The Saturn was great. It has some excellent games and a few cracking exclusives like Sega Rally, Vitrual Cop and Burning Heroes. It shared a lot of games with the PS1 but generally the PS1 had the best conversions and the PS1 had a lot more exclusive games. The Saturn did not sell as many consoles.
The PS3 was great. It has some excellent games and a few cracking exclusives like Gran Turismo, Time Crisis and The Last of Us. It shared a lot of games with the Xbox 360 but generally the 360 had the best conversions and the 360 had more exclusive games. The PS3 did not sell as many consoles.
Dreamcast = PS4
The Dreamcast had a cool new screen in the middle of the controller. It failed to receive the best exclusives but had a nice NBA 2K game. Unfortunately Fifa never arrived on the Dreamcast as EA didn’t support the system.
The PS4 has a cool new touch pad in the middle of the controller. It currently doesn’t have the best exclusives but has a nice NBA 2K14 game. Unfortunately Fifa on the PS4 is missing elements that are exclusive to the 360.
Vita = Game Gear
SEGA had a single screen, wide bodied portable games console that was technically more powerful than Nintendo’s Game Boy. It allowed you to play a huge back catalogue of SMS games with an adapter and had lots of great exclusives. It sold well but wasn’t keeping SEGA in business.
Sony have a single screen wide bodied portable games console that is technically more powerful than Nintendo’s 3DS. It allows you to play a huge back catalogue of PS1 games downloadable from the online store and has lots of great exclusives. It sells well but isn’t keeping Sony in business.
I don’t think Sony will be dropping out of console production any time soon, but they do have a tough fight ahead. What do you think?