Sony CEO criticises Nintendo, DS merely a “great babysitting tool”


Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has recently attacked both Nintendo and Microsoft by stating his belief that the PlayStation 3 is the only console that has maintained technological and relevancy amidst today’s market.

“If you’re really going to sustain technology for a decade, you have to be cutting edge when you launch a platform,” Tretton explained to Fortune. “Here we are four 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.”

He continues, “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?”

Even a snide remark in regards to motion control was made, despite Sony themselves introducing their own version of such control methods last year with PlayStation Move – openly aiming to emulate the success Nintendo stimulated with the Wii Remote: “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?”

He then went on to suggest that the Nintendo’s hugely successful family of Nintendo DS handhelds, which he labelled as the “Game Boy experience,” aren’t able to compete with that provided by the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and merely offers consumers “a great babysitting tool.”

“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.”

Vicious words indeed, but do you agree with them?

[Thanks, Fortune]
Comments 2
  1. Now I’m no fanboy, I play all game on all consoles (including PSP and ps3) but I get reeeeeeeeally annoyed when people say things like that. I would gladly play my DS on a plane if I were twenty-something. It’s called a DS not a ‘gameboy experience’. And at least nintendo can make their own games. Last I checked the majority of your first-party software efforts laid in shitty move titles that are good for showing off the new controller, and are decent with friends, but get very stale very fast. Plus in my opinion, when people start slating off others, they’re worried. Of course the xbox is relevant, otherwise there wouldn’t be millions of people playing on it. Sure the Wii is SD, but it still has an installed base of one in every five or something like that.

    Grow up. Please. If you spent less time bitching about other companies, and more time making your own stuff, you’d be a lot further ahead.

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