Sony America's big boy Jack "Too-Much-Hairgel" Tretton (Thanks KB) has hit out at the competition. Speaking with <a href="Fortune">http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/04/08/playstation-chief-nintendo-makes-"˜babysitting-tools'/">Fortune Tech, Tretton claimed that the PS3 is "just hitting its stride," after four years on the market, while rivals Microsoft and Nintendo are starting to lose their relevance.
"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."
"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?"
Even with regards to the PSP, Tretton doesn't think the Nintendo DS is of any real threat, calling it the "Gameboy Experience" that's best used as a "babysitting tool" to keep the young ones busy.
"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 says. "He's too old for that."
I'm not sure about you, but I'm a pretty self-respecting twenty-something that will gladly take his 3DS on an airplane.
Those are some fighting words, what are your thoughts on the matter? Does Tretton have a point? Are Microsoft and Nintendo losing ground in the market? Part of the context is that the PS3 launched with some cutting edge technology that is now very relevant in the market, while neither the 360 nor Nintendo products share the same aspects.