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Sony launches First Flight crowd-funding site - Fund Sony products and games!

I am not sure if this is a sign of more financial difficulties of Sony, or Sony reaching a new level of being cheap and greedy.

The company has announced a new crowd-funding site, where you decided which Sony products you want to see released, much like Kick-Starters. Sony will no longer do investment on the products listed on their new crowd-funded site, and asks people who wants what they see to pitch in (it doesn't say that you'll get the game once released, that might be extra). The service is called by Sony: First Flight.

Projects from Sony employees are put to the site, and Sony asks you to give them money to be funded.

The service is exclusive to Japan as we speak. No information if it will be available to other regions later on.

First product that Sony put on their site:

Looks like a universal remote but the whole thing is a touch screen.

(I honestly think it is silly, because you don't know what you press, you have no feeling of button)

Source: http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2015/07/01/sony-first-flight/1

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I quite like it, sony have been really good at listening to customers lately

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here is second flight hhuehuehueeehuuehuehue

 

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Pffff who needs a remote when you have clap on clap off

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I am not sure if this is a sign of more financial difficulties of Sony, or Sony reaching a new level of being cheap and greedy.

 

 

That was my initial thought as well but if you think of it as products that didn't make it beyond the prototype phase because the market analysts didn't see it selling well then you can see this as a sort of "last chance" area for those products.

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Great idea imo. Relationships between the companies and consumers are becoming more and more close and this is a pretty good way to get feedback.

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What is my ROI. I'm no fool and will never give away my money for free.  

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What is my ROI. I'm no fool and will never give away my money for free.

Well... Your ROI is the watch, game or other thing, you get what you pay for, sure it isn't smart but there is your answer,

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This reminds me of the issues with Shenmue III on Kickstarter… are the donors actually funding these projects, or are they just voting for something for Sony to fund themselves? If the latter, why is the crowd-funding money needed and what it is being spent on?

 

I don't think I have a philosophical problem with this, but it feels dirty and needs a bit of clarification.

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I don't like the kickstarter idea. If they want to gauge customers interest, I think they should post products they are considering making,and have customers vote on them.

Kickstarter for a company like Sony is a scam.

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So it's a smartphone with no phone and only one app

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I don't like the kickstarter idea. If they want to gauge customers interest, I think they should post products they are considering making,and have customers vote on them.

Kickstarter for a company like Sony is a scam.

 

A company like Sony who have a poor history of making profit.. for Sony its not a bad move, they have the power to make amazing gadgets and are often willing to listen to customers, this seems like a good way to make gadgets the customers want, while not being a risk to sony

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It's nice, but I use my old tablet S for that exact purpose? 

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People who crowdfund big corporations are the reason why we dont deserve anything better than this economic slavery.

 

Crowdfunding is meant to get someone without any money on their feet if they have any idea worth trying. 

 

 

You deserve to be ripped off and poor all the time if you give a single copper to a corporation for a promise.

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I like the idea of listening to customers for feedback and potentially letting through many things that would have died in ye olde Japanese corp mentality.

 

On the other hand the notion of corporations shifting responsibility for product back at the customer is ridiculous.

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Fucking new it, all because of that stupid Shenmue III kickstarter, damn fucking thieves.

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A company like Sony who have a poor history of making profit.. for Sony its not a bad move, they have the power to make amazing gadgets and are often willing to listen to customers, this seems like a good way to make gadgets the customers want, while not being a risk to sony

Sony is a very successful company. I dont' buy it for one second that they can't cover their loses with faild product launches.

and if the problem is one to many faild launches, then maybe they should hire someone new.

 

either way, crowd funding is for the little guy. Sony is not little.

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Sony is a very successful company. I dont' buy it for one second that they can't cover their loses with faild product launches.

and if the problem is one to many faild launches, then maybe they should hire someone new.

 

either way, crowd funding is for the little guy. Sony is not little.

 

You should look into sonys business over the last few years, they spent a long time making losses after losses and have only just started to make money again

 

Crowd funding is for everyone, there are no rules for it

 

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/sony-says-good-times-ahead-as-it-forecasts-profit-for-next-year/

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Sony is doing that bad? Jeez.

 

It would have been ok if it were a site where you could vote whether you would like a product or not, but actually for the consumer to actually found it, damn, that's pretty low. Seriously, consumers are supposed to pay all expenses for making a product and then the company gets even more money from selling that product afterwards. For small or start-up companies, that's OK, but for a giant like Sony...wtf.

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Sony is doing that bad? Jeez.

 

It would have been ok if it were a site where you could vote whether you would like a product or not, but actually for the consumer to actually found it, damn, that's pretty low. Seriously, consumers are supposed to pay all expenses for making a product and then the company gets even more money from selling that product afterwards. For small or start-up companies, that's OK, but for a giant like Sony...wtf.

Sony is not what it used to be.

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You should look into sonys business over the last few years, they spent a long time making losses after losses and have only just started to make money again

 

Crowd funding is for everyone, there are no rules for it

 

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/sony-says-good-times-ahead-as-it-forecasts-profit-for-next-year/

Sony is a very large business. they can cover their loses. they don't need to crowd fund. if they say they do, clearly, they are bad at business?

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Sony is a very large business. they can cover their loses. they don't need to crowd fund. if they say they do, clearly, they are bad at business?

 

But they can't cover their loses because they have been losing money for years, hence selling off parts of their business like VAIO etc because it was not very sucessful

 

They are not bad at business, in fact, doing a crowd funding idea is very smart business as it reduces risk undertaking experimental projects

 

The point is that Sony have very smart engineers working for them, who might have ideas that exist outside of Sonys plans... they cannot privately kickstarter them because the designs are owned by Sony.. but this way they can get a shot at making it a real product, with the backing of customers that are guaranteed to cover the costs

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But they can't cover their loses because they have been losing money for years, hence selling off parts of their business like VAIO etc because it was not very sucessful

 

They are not bad at business, in fact, doing a crowd funding idea is very smart business as it reduces risk undertaking experimental projects

 

The point is that Sony have very smart engineers working for them, who might have ideas that exist outside of Sonys plans... they cannot privately kickstarter them because the designs are owned by Sony.. but this way they can get a shot at making it a real product, with the backing of customers that are guaranteed to cover the costs

I disagree with this. People get burned by kickstarter projects all the time. Sure it is "smart business" (in the short term) to use kickstarter for "experimental" projects. but this also means in the long term, if your projects don't pan out, the crowd will lose faith. If the crowd loses faith, you end up with yet another devision of sony needed to be disbanded because it is leaking money.

 

clearly, sony has a problem. they are losing lots of money, yet have great tech/engineers. maybe it is a leadership problem?

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