When the PlayStation 3 launched, it was very expensive and there were a whole lot of question marks. But most would agree it was cutting-edge.

And that's what matters most, according to SCEA president Jack Tretton. In speaking to Fortune , Tretton spoke about how launching a cutting-edge product that stays relevant in today's market is crucial. Even though the PS3 had a rocky beginning, the SCEA boss says it's smooth sailing from here on out, primarily because they're the only company with a game console that has remained cutting-edge.

"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."

And when it comes to the competition, Tretton pulls no punches:

"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?"

Tretton also doesn't view the Nintendo DS as primary competition for Sony's PSP (and upcoming Next Generation Portable). In fact, the SCEA president goes so far as to call the "Game Boy experience" a "great babysitting tool," which we can't help find amusing. C'mon, that's funny. And he adds- "…no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those." The NGP follows Sony's aim of cutting-edge technology right out of the gate:

"With the NGP, we asked, what is it that is lacking? We looked at every technology out there, every [bell and] whistle, and how can we make those flexible as possible for consumers to experience."

It's very likely that both Microsoft and Nintendo will launch a new console well before Sony, which sort of proves Tretton's theory that the PS3 can still hold its own. But will it be able to hold its own against the new wave…? Developers will probably say yes, but who knows?

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cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Them is fightin' words.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Truth often causes conflict, so I concur.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

If MS could just get a decent gaming line up put together this situation wouldn't be so blatantly apparent. Their game plan seemingly ended with last year.

Anyway, I'd like to see both Nintendo and MS move into upgraded hardware soon.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

"no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those" -> That's exactly how I feel about the nintendo handhelds. Their designs are so childish, while the psp's look like a really cool gadget. I've always liked Sony designs that way, including their Sony Ericsson phones. They don't look like a childs toy.


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/9/2011 11:02:42 AM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Welcome back =)

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Erm…I would. I love the Zelda games on the DSi.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Well, Jawknee, apparently you just don't respect yourself. Jack Tretton said it.
=p

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

@jawk: …Well, if they had a BioWare product or two in their game lineup I'd probably give in too 😀 (oh and forget that outburst I had a while back, will ya? Please 😉

@Temjin: Thanks! 🙂 I'm back from a great holiday at Fuerteventura, "the island of winds". I got a thing about windy weather, I love it!


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/9/2011 12:05:34 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Ha, well Temji, while I agree with most of what he said, he's just trash talking when he says people can't respect themselves if they like to play games on the DS. I thought the most important thing about playing games was to play them because they are fun. Not because of how the hardware looks while you're holding it.

@Beamboom, I don't understand the Nintendo hate from some people. Nintendo has kiddie games, yea. But they are some of the funnest and most imaginative games on the market. I understand why some would shy away from them because they don't offer much in terms of mature gaming but it's okay go back and be a kid again every once in awhile and playing some of Nintendo's best franchises is a great way to do that.

oh, and no worries about before. Water under the bridge. 🙂

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
9 years ago

Imo, "mature gaming" is one of the stupid phrases in the gaming world. Being a "mature gamer" isnt simply playing games where people swear constantly and beat people to death with their own limbs.

I have a DS and i enjoy it quite a bit. I wouldnt hesitate one moment to take it out in any public place and play some Prof Layton. If you ask me, a game like Layton is more mature than something like God of War. I love God of War, but a large part of the game is gore and violence, and theres nothing mature about that. Hyperactive teenagers get excited when you can dice someone up 50 different ways in one combo, but it take a mature individual to appreciate a great puzzle/mystery game.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I agree Cpt. Qwark. 🙂

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Yet the Japanese don't care about the so called "childish" design.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

@jawk: Oh I'm only commenting on the physical design here, not the games. I honestly know very little about them as I've never owned anything Nintendo (or anything else other than Sony consoles). I just prefer the *look* of the psp. Imo it simply looks better, much better even. The DS'es looks… Hmm… Actyually they remind me of the 80s "Game & Watch" handhelds, if anyone remember those?


Last edited by Beamboom on 4/9/2011 3:55:11 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Yea the PSP is a slick looking piece of hardware.

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

@Jawknee – So I own a Wii, but no handhelds. And the only reason that I got a Wii was really cause the wife wanted one and I wanted to play the Metroid Prime Trilogy. But after playing Prime, and then seeing videos for Other M, I really just wanted to see Samus on the PS3. I have no idea what it would be like, but I think that seeing that universe in some true HD would be amazing!!

And as for as Super Mario Galaxy. I liked the first one, it was neat and innovative, but honestly the 2nd was just SMG 1.3. Not even 1.5. It was the same stuff over again. I know you'll say something about the level design being truly unique. But you have to admit it was the SAME GAME!!

I really wanted to see Nintendo do something NEW!!


Last edited by SvenMD on 4/9/2011 5:20:04 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I'd rather Nintendo just make their own HD console then make all their games in HD rather than it coming to PS3.SMG2 is a sequel so I didn't expect much more than what we already got. I haven't played it yet. I have it on my back log. To many other games to play right now. Ha, but I'll get to it eventually.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

@Beamnboom I agree so much with your comment

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Having thought about Jack's comments; whilst I do try to understand and accept somewhat what he is saying I still feel the approach is unprofessional and not warranted.

Granted here at PSXeXtreme, we all have a "bit of fun" bashing the competition, but I feel when it is done at Jack's level, it is unnecessary and a tad immature.

At the start of this generation I was like Jack, highly critical of the XBOX 360 in particular, and I felt that Wii should be the definitive door stop. I am upset and disappointed in myself for having so much hate for these system to begin with. I should have known better… why?

The 360 and Wii are good systems in their own right. Whilst exclusives for these system are "thin on the ground" by todays standards, I still feel they are great for what they are and do – and that is machine to play games on… that is all.

Yes, we all agree the XBOX and Wii have influenced the "progress of this generation" somewhat; but that is from our perspective. Users of the Wii and users of the XBOX may be very happy with the level of gaming technology these systems represent. A child playing DOnkey Kong Country doesn't care about HD, a kid generally is not a technology whore who is counting pixels on the screen. The kid is playing with monkey and is happy playing with monkey… what else can be said.

For the older generation technology differences may be a great conversation fire starter, and may help you to ooze out your ego like a sticky gel all over the competition, but it doesn't mean we (or anyone else for that matter) is right. It is very very subjective… because everyone is looking at it from a slightly different angle.

The comments on Eurogamer where interesting in that many who commented where PlayStation owners… but were scathing at the remarks made by Jack. It is really unprofessional. One user commented saying he was going to buy a PSP within the day, but after reading Jack's comments, he went and bought a 3DS.

What I am getting here is that people generally, critical people of large brutish corporations, are really voting with their wallets. If they feel CEO's are stepping out of line and trying to beat their chests as if they have taken over the world, they simply get put off and don't support the product they may have done initially. It does show the trends in society and how people are using technology to protest, letting the world know about how they feel… and it does have an effect.

Corporations needs to tread a fine line… otherwise people will show them up in a very simple and powerful way… collapsing profits and shrinking market share…

Criticism where criticism is due, in a responsible and mature way… its pointless insulting your potential customers like that, and dumbing people down…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Danny007
Danny007
9 years ago

Sony is packing the punches. They must have something big planned for E3 maybe?

aeron
aeron
9 years ago

He makes an interesting point…I've had a PS3 since launch and I love it. It took a while for good games to come, but it's really hit its stride now. Recently, I picked up a Xbox 360 during a sale. And I really couldn't find a lot of games I wanted. Seriously, I looked over the library of exclusives, and I had trouble finding very many games. I don't care for Halo or auto racing (that's Forza right?)…But I ended up picking up Halo 3, Gears 2, Blue Dragon…and, the only title I REALLY wanted, Mass Effect. And then I looked at what's coming up for XBox…and I didn't see anything I wanted. And I was left thinking, wow, things really do look for PS3 exclusives…now and for the foreseeable future.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Viva Piñata. Go get it. There's candy inside =p

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

If you don't care about Halo or Gears, there isn't a really good reason to get a 360..ME1 suck ass on it better get it on PC or use the comic of ME2 Ps3 version.


Last edited by Oxvial on 4/9/2011 11:29:17 AM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I love me some DOA4. If the NGP gets a DOA like the 3DS one, I'm sold sooner than I would be otherwise.

WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker
9 years ago

@Oxvial
yes because a comic book that gives you 8 choices is better then an entire game right?
If you have a pc capable of playing both me 1 and 2 then you get the pc version but simply put right now you can get me1 and 2 on 360 or pc for less then you can get 1 game on the ps3…and about 3-4 dlc items as well.

Me2 ps3=inferior in every way.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Except for the upscaled graphics to ME3's engine and the DLC that is INCLUDED with the game…

Didn't you just critisize someone else earlier about not knowing about the product they critisize?

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

Oh yeah baby SCEWW is in control. In yo faces ms and nintendo!

schillah
schillah
9 years ago

its true

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

Amen. Those words are the best I've read in a long time. so true.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

All the Xbots on NeoGAF have to say about this is ripping Jack Tretton on the "hitting our stride" comment or how poorly the PS3 did early on. They know that Jack's telling the truth and the Xbots have nothing left to fall back on.

That website is garbage. It's nothing special other than all the video game celebrities who occasionally post there. Just a bunch of lonely nerds who have never been kissed and have no lives outside of cyberspace.

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

I don't know how David Jaffe likes that forum.


Last edited by Kiryu on 4/9/2011 12:32:45 PM

Dreno
Dreno
9 years ago

While I agree with most of what jack tretton said, id like to punch him right in the coin purse for saying no self respecting twenty something would be playing a ds pretty much in public.

Firstly I love the ds. Always have. I love the psp too of course.
But if I wanna play oh let's saw ff3 or ff4 or ff:ta what do I need to play those on? Hmmmm oh that's right a ds. I know the psp has its versions of the older ff games, but seriously, this guy is knocking a piece of hardware that some of sonys most loved games can be played on.

This guy, while he makes a very good point that the ps3 is still a beats while other console are running out of steam, is a major tool bag.

And yes I'm very aware that this nasty lil comment 'o' mine is gonna earn me some (probably) serious thumbs down, but come on jacky boy. How redundant is it to knock a device that let's you play some of sonys most beloved gems from back in the day?

In closing, id like to say that this guy is about 50/50 right and wrong. But that still makes him a weiner.

Dreno
Dreno
9 years ago

After re-reading my comment in my head, just wanted to add that :

Yes I know sony didn't make the ff games, ss did. And I know originally they. Were on the nes and snes. But ever since I played my first ff (ff7) on the the ps, I've always viewed the ff series as being part of sony. Even though that in this gen they went multi plat.

Just didn't want my first comment to make me look completely ignorant.

I can settle for a little bit though.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Thing about Final Fantasy is Square jumped Nintendo's ship in favor of better hardware(PS1). This gen they have done the opposite. They jumped Sony's ship in favor of profits.

inVersion
inVersion
9 years ago

I would hope Sony releases the "PS4" the same year Microsoft releases the "Xbox 720," and not year later as before. I would be afraid of seeing Microsoft gain another yearlong head start with Sony playing catch-up all over again.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

It's all about the price. Americans don't like buying expensive quality hardware, simple as that.

Cheap and faulty is where it's at!

inVersion
inVersion
9 years ago

More to it than that, bud.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Percentage wise that's how it goes. Look at the Wii, it was the lower priced console and it flew out of the shelves.

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
9 years ago

Wii's lower price point isn't why it flew off the shelves, IMO.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

in this economy yes a lot of people went with the cheapest option they could afford/stand. i have a buddy that couldnt afford the ps3 so he got a wii and waited til ps3 was cheaper. my cousin picked up a 360 as he wanted the better graphics and couldnt afford the ps3. he too picked up the ps3 when the price dropped. now my buddy with the wii doesnt even have that thing hooked up. my cousin plays his 360 maybe a quarter of what he is on his ps3.

at this point we still have yet to hear anything at all about any new system from anyone. unless M$ wants to surprise everyone it seems to me they think the 360 is doing just fine and doesnt need an upgrade.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

@MyWorstNightmar

I have a great deal of respect for Nintendo but let's be realistic here if the wii had the same price range as the 360 or PS3 do you honestly think it would have racked in as many sells… Let me answer that for you.. Ah No… It would more than likely be sitting somewhere in between the sales of the 360 and PS3 @ best hell it might have even been in last place instead of the PS3.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Scarecrow – Stereotyping is rather ignorant, no?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Owning a 360 at this moment is a joke.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

yup, but it's not a very funny one, weird.

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
9 years ago

True. Same can be said for owning a Wii. I'm a Wii appologist around here, but facts are facts. Sony continues to bring the lumber in terms of mind blowing exclusives month after month.

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

Well @ least the Wii has they're own set of exclusives coming out this year Microsoft only has like two or three I think. I still like my 360 though.

P.S. I'm still hoping that rumor about Microsoft buying the rights to True Crime: Hong Kong wasn't just a rumor so I can at least have more than 1 game to play on the 360 this year.


Last edited by GuyverLT on 4/10/2011 9:19:41 AM

Cabalavatar1
Cabalavatar1
9 years ago

While I'm "upping" your comment, I want to add a caveat that Gears of War 3 makes owing a 360 still useful for me. Gears and Fallout 3 (because it was vastly superior on 360) were the precise reasons why I bought a 360. Most often, it rests unused on my desk; whereas, I play my PS3 on almost a daily basis.
If it weren't for a very select few exclusives, I'd say that you're totally right IMO.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

One could argue that owning a PS3 the first two years of its existence was a "joke". The 360's future (this year anyway) doesn't look too bright. Can't think of anything besides Gears 3 that I need to own (although I am REAL excited for that….right up there with Uncharted 3). However, the 360 provided me with MANY good years of gaming, online and off. So I don't think it's really a "joke" to own it.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

The very reasons i bought a PS3 in march 2007
Still cutting edge
Enough said mofo's!!

whosthedoc
whosthedoc
9 years ago

I see a big problem in our future. With the PS4 futhrer off in the distance than the Next Box, I think we are going to see an even bigger gap in the performance end of the hardware this time. Even though the PS3 was only launched a year after the 360, it is at least 2 or 3 years ahead of the 360 in power. Now we might be looking at a 2 year gap this time around, and if the companys follow similar business models we could have a 3 to 4 year difference in graphics crunching tech. The real problem comes in when multi-plats stick to thier idea of "same on both systems". We are already getting screwed by the DVD format and less than stellar performance from the 360. Next gen the PS and 360 are going to have some real troubles playing together. I know that most companys, EA and Activision, are not going to want to deal with the added cost of developing 2 completely different games, and then the rabid fanboy comparisons between games designed for each system, so we are going to be stuck playing PS3.5 games. On the bright side Sony's exclusives will blow the competition out of the water.

bluedarrk
bluedarrk
9 years ago

I bought a 360 when it came out and purchases a ps3 when that came out don't hardly touch my 360 anymore well I'm scared to since I've gotten the red ring of death twice!!!!!!! My ps3 runs smoothly I play it roughly 10 hours a week. My 360 crapped out the first time within 6 months. Ms can release its new system but if it doesn't have any great games whats the point? Also 50% of the 360s break so I don't want to waste any money on another Ms system that will break down. I'm super pumped for the NGP though sorry the 3ds hurts my eyes after about 10 min of play. And when you turn off the 3d then its just a normal ds to me.