The PS2's Champion Isn't So Sure About The PS3

It was under the leadership of Phil Harrison that Sony conquered Europe with the PS2, which set that console on its path to the history books. So what does Harrison, now long departed from Sony, think of the PS3's chances?

"I hope PS3 can match PS2, but I think the market dynamics are slightly different" the former Sony Europe boss tells Eurogamer. "It's much more competitive. For a large chunk of its life cycle PS2 didn't really have any competition anywhere in the world, so Sony was able to sell a huge number of units. If PS3 does reach the same level it will take longer and it will be a more difficult challenge."

You just hurt the Dreamcast's feelings, Phil.

That quote is just a tiny part of a great retrospective on the success of the PS2, which for gaming history buffs is well worth a read.

PS2: The Insiders' Story [Eurogamer]


    Personally I can't believe how much the PS3 has caught up to the 360 in sales.

    Last I read it was only a matter or a few million.

    Thats amazing for a system that came out a year later and has always been the more expensive option.

    For the Dreamcast bit, maybe he meant Sony released it in more countries than Sega did with the Dreamcast? I suppose he is right though. Gamecube was only good for first party games which may have been limited at some points, Xbox was a new brand/people trusted Playstations success and Dreamcast was dying from its wake.

      Poor GameCube. I'm only just starting to catch up on all of the platform's gems now through Wii backwards compatibility... Eternal Darkness, Wind Waker, Killer7, Geist, etc.

      Oh, and

        Eternal Darkness and Geist were the sh*t. I remember being amazed just because Geist was a first person shooter under Nintendo's wing, which made it an instant purchase just because the system had no other (well besides Metroid?). Unfortunately I never caught wind with the Zelda series until Twilight Princess. Starting with the Ocarina of Time on 3DS, I plan to delve backwards :P
        How was Killer 7? I remember it being hyped as a gory Gamecube exclusive but then it got pretty "meh" reviews. I was reading Gamepro at the time though. Worth it?

      It's probably linked to the general reduction in the price of Blurays on the shelf, considering you could hardly get one of those blue boxes for less than $30 AUD when the PS3 launched.

      That's why I picked mine up, mainly as a bluray player and secondly for the exclusive titles like God of War 3 and LBP.

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