Sony CEO Jack Tretton didn't mince any words when discussing Nintendo's Wii and DS gaming consoles. He isn't concerned about the recently released 3DS, nor is he losing any sleep over third party numbers, which has the PlayStation 3 sitting in third place with 49.2 million PS3's sold globally, compared to 86.3 million Wiis. If you ask Tretton, and CNN did, Nintendo builds 'babysitting tools.'
"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," Tretton told CNN. "He's too old for that."
As for the Wii, and the Xbox 360 for that matter, Tretton was equally critical, saying that the PlayStation 3 is much better positioned to remain relevant for years to come.
"They're starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond," Tretton 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?"
What's interesting about Tretton's comments is that he blatantly ignores the sales figures. While dismissing the 'Game Boy experience,' as he puts it, he ignores the fact that Nintendo has sold more than 146 million DS devices worldwide, compared to 67 million PSP devices. The same holds true in the console space. Even though the PS3 lags behind the competition in terms of number of units sold, Tretton holds firm that Sony holds the advantage.
"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."