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Case
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Reference no. UVA-S-0203
Published by: Darden Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2011
Version: 4 November 2014
Revision date: 14-Jan-2015
Length: 14 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

Kazuo Hirai, president and group CEO of the Sony division charged with manufacturing the PlayStation, is faced with a strategic crossroads as he decides which functional elements and target demographics to focus on with the PS4. He reviews the history and dynamics of the video gaming industry-including the importance of first-mover advantage when it comes to new technology-in an effort to predict its future. What’s next-both for gaming in general and for home game consoles in particular-and what place should Sony be vying for in the minds and pocketbooks of the gaming public?

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Abstract

Kazuo Hirai, president and group CEO of the Sony division charged with manufacturing the PlayStation, is faced with a strategic crossroads as he decides which functional elements and target demographics to focus on with the PS4. He reviews the history and dynamics of the video gaming industry-including the importance of first-mover advantage when it comes to new technology-in an effort to predict its future. What’s next-both for gaming in general and for home game consoles in particular-and what place should Sony be vying for in the minds and pocketbooks of the gaming public?

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