- Product Type: Video Cassette/Cassette Recorder
It is claimed that the Sony Betamax is one of the most notable failed tech products of the last 50 years. Yet this isn’t exactly fair as it did sell relatively well. The Betamax was an analog recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video. Pretty much just a video cassette recorder. Of course, it ended up losing out to its biggest rival, the VHS. Released in 1979, the Sony Betamax did do well against VHS until it couldn’t compete any longer by the late 1980s/early 1990s. Sony had the last laugh when DVDs overtook the VHS, then again with their BlueRay invention.