Jack Tretton Calls Out Microsoft & Nintendo

Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO, Jack Tretton makes some points against Sony’s competition that seems, well, silly. Perhaps silly is a bit too tame as some of his comments appear to be downright delusional when he attacked Microsoft and Nintendo’s video game offerings in an interview with Forbes.

For starters, when talking about Sony’s fight in the mobile gaming front, his views on the Nintendos DS were about as stereotypical as it could get:

“Our view of the ‘Game Boy experience’ is that it’s a great babysitting tool, something young kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those… He’s too old for that.”

While pulling out a Nintendo DS on an airplane might be embarrassing to some insecure little dweeb people, the same could probably be said for Sony’s own PSP in that situation.

Mr. Tretton also seems to have taken issue with the hardware “limitations” of the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii by stating that:

“If you’re really going to sustain technology for a decade, you have to be cutting edge when you launch a platform… Here we are 4 years into the Playstation 3, and it’s just hitting its stride. We’ll enjoy a long downhill roll behind it because the technology that was so cutting edge in 2006 is extremely relevant today and is conspicuously absent in our competition.”

This argument seems almost moot as the Xbox 360’s hardware (with the exception of the DVD drive) was considered to be around the same tech level as the PlayStation 3 at the time. Forbes was also quick to point out that the sales numbers have disagreed dramatically with this disposition, especially taking the Wii into account. Mr. Tretton was undaunted however:

“They’re starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond… I mean, you’ve gotta be kidding me. Why would I buy a gaming system without a hard drive in it? How does this thing scale? Motion gaming is cute, but if I can only wave my arms six inches, how does this really feel like I’m doing true accurate motion gaming?”

While Mr. Tretton does have some points considering declining Wii sales and Blu-ray adoption, he seems to be forgetting one glaring upcoming issue:

Next generation consoles.

Source:
Forbes