news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

SCEA CEO: "Wii Hasn't Aged Well, DS Is a Babysitting Tool"


SCEA boss Jack Tretton recently made some bold statements about Sony's position compared with Microsoft and Nintendo. According to Tretton, Microsoft's continual reliance on DVD discs is what ultimately prevents the Xbox 360 from being on par with today's technological standards. This criticism is obviously directed toward games like Final Fantasy XIII and Dead Space 2, which had to be put on multiple discs for the Xbox 360.

The Sony CEO also made harsh remarks about the Wii, saying that Nintendo's console just doesn't hold up well these days. "They're starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond," said Tretton. "I mean, you've got to 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 targeted the DS, expressing that he doesn't find the dual screen handheld a true competitor in the portable gaming market. "Our view of the 'Game Boy experience' is that it's a great babysitting tool, something your kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those," said Tretton. "He's too old for that."

I'm a big fan of Sony, but I find it impossible to agree with anything Tretton has said. Though the Xbox 360 may rely on DVD discs (a format that some people believe is starting to show its age), it still offers an experience that rivals that of the PlayStation 3. Having to get up to switch discs isn't really that big a deal, unless you literally hate movement of any kind. Swapping discs halfway through a game is in no way an experience-breaking action, so Tretton's argument that Microsoft's use of DVD discs is archaic is a bit questionable.

Everyone knows that the Wii isn't winning awards for technical achievements. It's the weakest console on the market in terms of power, it doesn't have a hard drive, and it's riddled with shovelware. But it is the system that introduced motion controls into the current generation of gaming, and Nintendo's library of strong, exclusive franchises is more than enough to drive the platform forward.

Lastly, I know a bunch of self-respecting individuals in their twenties who own a DS and enjoy it a lot more than the PSP. Heck, I'm one of those people! It makes sense that Tretton would bash the competition, but it would be more damaging if his arguments actually had substance.

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