Originally Posted by teh603
More a case of Apple's own stupidity. Anyone remember the Pippin?
Being great at a few things doesn't make a company good at everything. Sony made the mistake of trying to do far too much -- music and film production and publishing *as well as* the hardware used to play the media -- whereas Jobs knew enough to keep his content -- Pixar -- separate from his hardware/software-integrated company.
Jobs was great at what he did best, but he was too authoritarian in his individualism to understand gaming communities and too rigid in his competitiveness to embrace the euphoric chaos of the art form itself.
The Pippin, the Newton and Apple TV have failed, but that's fine -- companies should try not to stagnate. Samsung and Asus do the same thing, but their product lines are a blur and fewer people notice.
(OT: I happen to love the PSP Vita's controls.)