Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton sat down for a discussion on the console wars with CNN where he took potshots at his company’s competitors, Microsoft and Nintendo. Tretton noted that he does not necessarily view Nintendo’s DS as competition.
“Our view of the ‘Game Boy experience’ is that it’s a great babysitting tool,” Tretton said during the interview, ‘Gameboy experience’ referencing the Nintendo DS, “something young kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting 20-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those. He’s too old for that.”
It’s worth noting – and CNN mentions this too – that current PSP sales total 67 million units while the DS has sold 144 million.
Tretton also discussed the console wars on the front of the PlayStation 3. Tretton remains optimistic about the PlayStation 3′s life span and the ‘ten year cycle’ touted by Sony in the past, noting that the PlayStation 3 technology was and still is superior to its counterparts at Microsoft and Nintendo. ”If you’re really going to sustain technology for a decade, you have to be cutting edge when you launch a platform,” he says. “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.”
He also took aim at the Xbox 360 and Wii. “They’re starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond,” he says. “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?”
In covering the article, Eurogamer referenced a sales report revealing that the global Wii install base currently sits at 75.5 million, with PlayStation 3 at 43.4 million and the Xbox 360 on 42.9 million.