The common point between Google Stadia, PS3 and Xbox One?

For a few hours now, the Google Stadia streaming platform is available to anyone who has taken care of pre-ordering the service. A Google Stadia very ambitious, despite a somewhat chaotic launch, the fault of missing features and some (bad) last-minute surprises, such as the price of games.

A Google Stadia project that has benefited from the full support of the Mountain View firm, which has for the occasion called on some big names in the video game, including Jade Raymond, who directs the structure Stadia Games & Entertainment. At the head of Google Stadia, there is also a certain Phil Harrison, that some gamers already know …

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Phil Harrison!

Indeed, this same Phil Harrison had distinguished himself in the 90s at PlayStation (where he spent 15 years), and was appointed in 2005 president of the structure Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. This is the same Phil Harrison who has overseen many internal projects (WRC, Killzone …), but also the launch of a certain PS3.

A PS3 whose launch was particularly chaotic, the fault at a prohibitive price at the time (599 euros for the 60 GB model), so that Sony had a hard time getting the bar back, in front of a particularly sharp Xbox 360 Furthermore.

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After leaving Sony, and a brief stint at Atari, Phil Harrison joined the giant Microsoft in 2012 and its Xbox division. He will be at the forefront of the launch of the Xbox One, a console that has also experienced a very complicated launch, with once again a price higher than that of its competitor (499 euros for the Xbox One against 399 euros for the PS4), but also a very questionable marketing strategy, without forgetting the Kinect disaster …

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At the beginning of the year 2018, this same Phil Harrison joins the Google teams to work on a mysterious Project Stream. In March 2019, Google confirms the existence of Stadia, with Phil Harrison at the helm. A Google Stadia who suffered from a disastrous communication the months before its availability, with a real misunderstanding in the functioning of the service itself (a subscription system fee, with free games, but also games to buy …), not to mention some form of arrogance, a little bit like the PS3 or the Xbox One in their time …

It remains to be seen now if there is a " curse "Phil Harrison" in terms of the launches (failures) of the various products in question … Of course, it goes without saying that the whole strategy of launching the PS3, the Xbox One, like Google Stadia, is not based solely on the shoulders of the British, but the coincidence remains amazing …