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Jack Tretton, President & Chief Executive Officer of SCEA
Sony's Jack Tretton sits down for a one-on-one with Electronics Gaming Monthly

SCEA president Jack Tretton had many readers scratching their heads and grabbing for their cameras in the March 2007 issue of Electronics Gaming Monthly (EGM). In the issue, EGM has a rather exhaustive 9-page interview with Tretton on the PlayStation 3 and why the press in general isn't throwing rose petals before Sony's feet.

Tretton does his best to blunt any direct challenges from EGM as to the PS3s successes or failures this early in its life cycle, but he does provide some rather interesting quotes along the way.

When questioned on why PS3s were sitting on store shelves instead of on entertainment center shelves, Tretton responded with "If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than a few minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." He continues, "I can get any retail buyer on the phone with you and get them to verify that not a single retail location in America where there's a PlayStation 3 on the shelf for sale. They've all been sold in a matter of minutes."

When this interview was conducted in early January, there were still plenty of PS3's to be found on store shelves. EGM even acknowledges this and tells Tretton that of the 18 stores they called before the interview, half of them had PS3s in stock.

"I am not sitting in the store to know when they got put on shelves or if a salesperson is giving you accurate information, but if only nine of the 18 stores you contacted had supplies, that seems to be a clear indication that sales continue to be outstanding," responded Tretton.

Tretton was also pressed on the lack of rumble on the SIXAXIS controller. "I've personally played a lot of games that had a vibration features, and it personally wasn't all that compelling to me," said Tretton. "We feel that vibration is not part of our future."

Tretton also gave his opinion on the state of Blu-ray technology and how the PS3 fits in the grand scheme of things. "I believe we can complement the Blu-ray format," stated Tretton. "I don't think that we feel we can or should single-handedly carry Blu-ray on our back. I see it as an asset, though."

To see the full text of the Jack Tretton interview, you'll have to either pony up for a copy of EGM or wait for it to be posted online. And for Penny Arcade’s take on Tretton's PS3 availability comments, you can go here.



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Penny Arcade accepts SCEA's Challenge
By Bremen7000 on 2/10/2007 4:54:19 PM , Rating: 5
RE: Penny Arcade accepts SCEA's Challenge
By Hypernova on 2/10/2007 5:19:46 PM , Rating: 5
It's pretty clear at this point that anyone who still works at SONY willingly are clinically insane.


By KaiserCSS on 2/10/2007 6:44:26 PM , Rating: 4
*whispers*

Sony's drugging them...

<_<
>_>

but you didn't hear that from me...


*slowly fades into the shadows*


By Operandi on 2/10/2007 5:24:32 PM , Rating: 3
Brilliant!


By FITCamaro on 2/10/2007 7:07:54 PM , Rating: 4
That was great. Saw it before I saw this link.

If for no other reason, I don't want to buy a PS3 because they're cocky SOBs who think their sh*t is better than everyone else's.


RE: Penny Arcade accepts SCEA's Challenge
By lemonadesoda on 2/10/2007 7:16:04 PM , Rating: 3
You've got to understand something REALLY IMPORTANT >>> This is a SONY executive speaking. So he will not fulfil his promises... like his predecessors before him and his successors after him...

Nonetheless, that's a lovely smile from someone holding a VERY BRAVE FACE. He's trying very very hard to keep up a good smile after so much SONY egg-on-face.


By Pythias on 2/12/2007 1:55:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You've got to understand something REALLY IMPORTANT >>> This is a SONY executive speaking. So he will not fulfil his promises... like his predecessors before him and his successors after him...



All PR people are like that. If you dont think Intel, AMTI, Nvidia, Microsoft, Apple, Nintendo, HP, Dell,Ford, Mitsubishi, ABC, NBC, CBS, so an and so fourth etc etc, aren't lying to you every chance they get then I have a horse you might be interested in.

As with all things, consider the source.


By kristof007 on 2/10/2007 9:20:19 PM , Rating: 3
That's an awesome comic .. hands down. The article was just a SONY person trying to balance out all the negative press they've been getting with something .. but they were just empty lies.


By BladeVenom on 2/10/2007 9:27:47 PM , Rating: 4
So how do I claim my $1,200?


By AlexWade on 2/10/2007 9:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
What is this guy's e-mail address? I think I'll go right now and take a picture with my cell-phone 30 PS3's.


RE: Penny Arcade accepts SCEA's Challenge
By Torched on 2/11/07, Rating: -1
By ChronoReverse on 2/11/2007 5:13:23 PM , Rating: 4
Nice link. In the very same link:
quote:
Oh boy! Back in January (when this EGM interview was done), we found about twenty plus PS3s sitting on shelves. That means Tretton owes us something like US $24,000. PAY UP


RE: Penny Arcade accepts SCEA's Challenge
By Anonymous Freak on 2/11/2007 7:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
When I was looking for my Wii in late December, I found lots of PS3s on the shelves. The store I finally got my Wii from (on Dec 29th, where there was a line waiting for them at opening at 7am,) had a couple PS3s that had been on the shelf a week, and added more PS3s to the shelf at the same time that they were handing out the entire shipment of 16 Wiis to people who came in at opening for them.

This guy is/was a moron.


By saratoga on 2/11/2007 8:16:41 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe he got confused and tried to buy a Wii instead of a PS3 ;)


By Techiedude37 on 2/12/2007 8:54:34 AM , Rating: 2
The place I work for has had it in stock for a couple of months now, regular retail price and only six bucks shipping.
Still no buyers.


By miston on 2/12/2007 10:30:22 AM , Rating: 2
I clicked on the link thinking they would find stacks of PS3's in stores, but the MOST they could find is ELEVEN PS3's in SIX stores!?!?

Obviously Tretton's statement was idiotic, but NOT that far off if you visit six stores and the average is 1.8 PS3's per store!

I wouldn't doubt that Penny Arcade visited a few stores that didn't have any.


RE: Penny Arcade accepts SCEA's Challenge
By javiergf on 2/12/2007 11:45:05 AM , Rating: 2
lol... that really cracked me up. I can tell you that this weekend I had to go to both Fry's and Circuit and they had pile of PS3 stacked (both 20GB and 60GB). May be should all sue this guy.


By rushfan2006 on 2/12/2007 3:40:03 PM , Rating: 4
Aye..my local EB games just a mile from my house has had at least 10 in stock now since the first week of January. So does that mean this dude owes me $12,000? ;)

The Game Stop around the corner had a few in stock since mid-late december and can't move them.

It was only the first 30 days that PS3's were hard come by...and while I have no statistical data....my hunch is the overwhelmingly majority of that were people trying to "cash" in on the hype and buy them to re-sell.



By CupCak3 on 2/13/2007 9:36:24 AM , Rating: 2
Brilliant!


RE: Penny Arcade accepts SCEA's Challenge
By walk2k on 2/13/2007 4:16:06 PM , Rating: 2
You know I love PA but this is kind of disingenious. I mean first of all this interview was done just after Xmas when it WAS hard to find a PS3 (I know from personal experience not just some random internet dorks).

Besides that, going to a huge mega store like Best Buy or TRU and only finding ONE or maybe 2 units? That's hardly "huge stacks and stacks of them up to the ceiling" like every fanbot is trying to say. Tycho even admits in the newspost (just up today) that it's more likely the PS3 is selling just fine, and those 1-2 units on the shelf have been RESTOCKED from inventory!

Ok, the Sony guy probably should have said "been on the shelf a few days" or hours even, instead of "minutes", but the point is still valid - or at least it was back around Xmas. Since then it seems like Sony has fixed the supply problems. So that's GOOD! Having stock on the shelves is hardly a bad thing, geesh they just can't win. You can't find a Wii anywhere to buy and there's only 1 game for it and even that is a Gamecube port, but nobody has anything but lovely flowering prose for it? Gimmea break.


By edge929 on 2/14/2007 3:25:03 PM , Rating: 2
"You can't find a Wii anywhere to buy and there's only 1 game for it and even that is a Gamecube port, but nobody has anything but lovely flowering prose for it? Gimmea break."

That's because they're selling like hotcakes despite Nintendo's steady supply of them. I finally found one last night at a Best Buy. Delivery guy came in the late evening, dropped off 10 of them, sold out in less than an hour as my girlfriend grabbed one and then I showed up to grab the last one for a friend.

Gamecube port or not, it's still a great game. You'd know this if you've played it. A game console is worth nothing to me without FUN games.


not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By lazyinjin on 2/10/2007 5:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I believe we can complement the Blu-ray format...I don't think that we feel we can or should single-handedly carry Blu-ray on our back.


WHAT!?!?! This is one of the biggest reasons PS3 has Blu-ray; to catapult Blu-ray into mainstream like PS2 did with DVD. And it has worked, alteast according to those Nielsen figures,(may not be the most accurate or indicative of the market, but is a place to start) with more Blu-ray players in homes than HD-DVD. He's trying to make it seem as Sony has blessed adopters by tossing in Blu-ray into the PS3, rather than it being forced upon gamers for market fortification and ranking boosts.




RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By randomlinh on 2/10/2007 6:42:52 PM , Rating: 4
I honestly don't recall the PS2 "catapulting dvd to masses." It was a terrible DVD player. I do remember when the players hit the $50 mark for Black Friday. Suddenly, everyone and their grandma had a DVD player.


RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By slashbinslashbash on 2/10/2007 7:14:07 PM , Rating: 5
Well, you've got a bad memory then. At $300 when most DVD players were at least that expensive, the PS2 was a great deal for watching DVD's (which were a HUGE upgrade over VHS) and many people's first DVD player. Hell, it's *still* my main living-room DVD player. The PS2 DVD remote is cheap and quite nice.


RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By shimman on 2/10/07, Rating: -1
RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By Cadetspiff on 2/10/2007 7:44:43 PM , Rating: 2
but buy a $30 DVD player, and don't expect to be able to watch a full movie without it skipping half way through because of overheating


RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By cogitatorx on 2/11/2007 3:35:39 AM , Rating: 5
This just makes me laugh. My first DVD player was a (normal sized) Toshiba bought in January 1999 for $300 and it came with 6 free movies and 3 more movies for only $1 each, from one of those on-line stores that fell victim to the tech bubble burst just a year later. I've purchased three more DVD players (and sold three), since then, for newer features along the way, like progressive scan, reading recordable media, playback of MPEG-4. I've never watched a DVD on my Xbox or Xbox 360.

So, I keep reading about this so-called PS2 "driving" the DVD format, but no one I knew back then (or ever, as far I can remember) bought a PS2 as their DVD player of choice. You know, just because everyone on this forum has a game system, doesn't mean the entire population of North America does and yet I dare say nearly every home has at least one CE DVD player by now. I want to see someone come up with numbers supporting the claim the PS2 somehow "made" the DVD format, because it is a complete and utter fabrication as far as I can tell. I've been trying to find any evidence in the form of hard facts and have yet to find any.

Sony is trying to say that all of the 30 to 60 year olds in 1999-2006 bought a PS2 just to watch movies. Funny stuff.



By walk2k on 2/11/2007 6:36:55 PM , Rating: 2
I likely bought the same Toshiba DVD player, in mid-1999, it was $250, and was a much better player than the PS2 (and still is, I still have it, though it gets less use since it doesn't read recordable media).

I didn't buy a PS2 until nearly 2 years later, when they started bundling it with Gran Turismo 3. The price was still high, but I got the $50 game for free basically...

The PS2 didn't drive DVD sales nearly as much as some people have claimed recently. The PS3 is clearly driving Blu-ray sales at this early stage.


By rockyct on 2/11/2007 6:41:41 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe not most people, but for my family, the PS2 was our first DVD player and the only one we had for about two years. Even though it was a first generation, it still works great and it was my main DVD player for 4 years in college. I had a 27" CRT TV with only one video input, so I didn't feel like getting a video switcher. Sure the PS2 didn't "drive" the DVD format, but it did help with its adoption. Even though you guys hate to admit it, Blu-ray will win out partially because of the PS3 and because of the movie studios' support.


RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By kelmon on 2/11/2007 4:32:17 AM , Rating: 2
The DVD player functionality was one of the easiest ways to justify the purchase of a PS2 and it served as our DVD player until just a couple of months ago. Sure, it wasn't great but it was a heck of a lot cheaper than a standalone player at the time and it did the job.


RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By therealnickdanger on 2/11/2007 11:01:07 AM , Rating: 2
The PS2 was NOT a driving force behind DVD. You have officially been drinking the Kool-Aid. I had two DVD players - both Toshiba - back in 1999. Both were under $200, one was even a progressive-scan player.


By kmmatney on 2/11/2007 11:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. The window where the Sony PS2 was a good purchase as a DVD player was a few months at best. The PS2 was not a driving force behind DVD, and all things considered the number of PS2s purchased as a DVD player was not even a drop in the bucket when compared to all DVD player sales.


By shimman on 2/10/2007 7:32:43 PM , Rating: 2
well, you said, bd was forced on the ps3 "for market fortifications and ranking boosts"

soon enough, sony will ditch bd for gaming media over online download format once bd is either failed to be a standard or successful as a standard.


RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By rupaniii on 2/10/2007 8:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely. This is exactly the plan. Sony made DVD HOT with PS2. PS2 sucked, but it showed the movies. PS3 is RATED THE GREATEST BluRay player on the market. I have it, it rules. I sell the other ones too. They don't load as fast. Slot loading was brilliant. Sony is doing well sofar, it's just that i don't think they are so concerned about the first couple of months of gaming. I NEED better by summer, and a good flow of games, or I will pick up a 360. However, I alwasy preferred BluRay anyway, so i will just own both.


RE: not meant to handle blu-ray load!?!?!
By Lakku on 2/11/2007 6:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
No, the PS3 is not the greatest BD player, unless of course you have a 1080p TV which can accept or use HDMI 1.3. No other BD player has that as far as I know, let alone any TV I can think of (both 1.3 and 1080p that is). Either way, few people have those TVs. The PS3 CANNOT OUTPUT BD MOVIES AT 720p. Every single other BD player out CAN. That is unacceptable. I bought the PS3 as a BD player, and after firmware 1.0, it stopped outputting at 720p for movies. Yeah, it worked at 720 and then Sony decided to DISABLE IT. You answer me why they did that, and I may not hate Sony as much. Until then, I hate Sony for taking the one great feature of the PS3 right now and BREAKING IT.


By diablofish on 2/14/2007 8:32:53 AM , Rating: 2
Ummmmmm, the PS3 can play Blu-Ray at 720p. I have a 32" Westinghouse LCD that only does 720p and 1080i, and it plays BD at 720p - the TV says so in the upper right corner.

Oh, and it looks freaking awesome, too.


no vib, no thanks
By shimman on 2/10/2007 7:41:35 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Tretton was also pressed on the lack of rumble on the SIXAXIS controller. "I've personally played a lot of games that had a vibration features, and it personally wasn't all that compelling to me," said Tretton. "We feel that vibration is not part of our future."


this is amazing how arrogant & shady sony corp's culture is. the reason that the rumble or vibration was left out was that the motion sensor picks up too much errors from the vibration that sony HAD TO REMOVE the rumble.

if my memory serves me correctly, i heard that sony is considering to bring back the rumble once sony finds how to employ rumbles with motions sensing; once they do that, i think sony would say the revolution of controller is here...dualsixaxisshock

btw, ps3 hasn't showed anything that pc cannot do & i am wondering ps3 will ever show such a thing




RE: no vib, no thanks
By Circle T on 2/10/2007 8:10:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
...the reason that the rumble or vibration was left out was that the motion sensor picks up too much errors from the vibration that sony HAD TO REMOVE the rumble.

Thats what you think?? Really?? Hmmm, seems like Nintendo is doing just fine with rumble AND motion control.

Truth is, Sony got cocky and didn't want to pay Immersion to license the technology, and tried to get us all to believe that we don't need it. Add that to the fact that Immersion came out afterwards and said that rumble and motion control are just fine together.

Its a $$$ thing. Sony thought they could get us to forget about it. But, in reality, its a feature that is basically standard now, and they don't have it. And I miss it a lot. I'm a big racing game fan, and the racing games I've played so far with the Sixaxis just doesn't feel right. I'm worried about how GT will play, whenever the hell it might get here.


RE: no vib, no thanks
By dolcraith on 2/11/2007 10:05:59 AM , Rating: 4
Just to note that Immersion is one of those holding companies that don't actually produce anything but still hold onto their "patents" with every once of strength they can muster. Not saying that Sony or MS were right on their respective choices, but that Immersion and companies like them really ruin a lot of innovation and products that we the consumers really want.


RE: no vib, no thanks
By Mudvillager on 2/11/2007 10:03:00 AM , Rating: 1
Actually I agree with this asshole on this one particular point. Rumble should've been buried with the addon rumble for the N64. It just doesn't help the gameplay IMHO.


RE: no vib, no thanks
By FITCamaro on 2/11/2007 11:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
I beg to differ. There's plenty of uses for rumble. Even if its just to indicate how hard you're getting hit in a game. You can also use it to do things like tell the player when they've been spotted by the enemy, make it more difficult for the player to keep steady when precision control is needed, etc. Rumble is a simple feature that adds a little extra touch to the game. It's also become industry standard. Sony just got cheap. To me, while the Wii's remote utilizes motion sensors properly, I think Sony's implementation isn't worth much.


RE: no vib, no thanks
By ViperROhb34 on 2/11/2007 11:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
Definately, Can you imagine 'Gears' without rumble ? The great graphics would be there, but little things make a big difference.


RE: no vib, no thanks
By ViperROhb34 on 2/11/2007 11:45:33 AM , Rating: 2
I completely disagree. I own an PS2 and a 360 and have quite a few friends who also have both.. We've all commented on how lacking the games feel without rumble.

Look ! For more money we get less interaction from the games!

There was also the problem brought up by some 2007 baseball games.. Since force feedback came out baseball games have utilized vibration as the way plays are called out on 2 person games. So when you're playing a friend or relative on your console now you can't get those 'secret' calls on a p3s.. if its shown on screen your friend will know your plays.. Its an obstacle they said they may not be able to overcome with PS3


"Trust Me"
By jarman on 2/10/2007 5:29:16 PM , Rating: 5
What a douche bag. This guy is prototypical CEO material...




RE: "Trust Me"
By Xchus on 2/10/2007 5:35:33 PM , Rating: 2
I would be rich if I get 1200 for each PS3 I could have bought. I mean while hunting for a Wii for my cousins I saw PS3s everywhere, no kidding I found around 20 PS3s in different stores around Florida and that was before Xmas.


RE: "Trust Me"
By Griswold on 2/10/2007 6:47:49 PM , Rating: 2
Correction: This guy is prototypical Sony CEO material.

I admit, sony bashing is somewhat a hobby of mine. And no, I dont own a xbox(360) or wii. But these guys really make it easy to fling cheap pot shots at them.


RE: "Trust Me"
By shiftomnimega on 2/10/2007 10:34:36 PM , Rating: 3
You have to hand it to him, though. He really is a homer. I mean we all know that he can't believe a word that is coming out of his mouth, yet he says it, because it is the company line.

Look out for this one, boys.


$$$
By NullSubroutine on 2/10/2007 5:29:40 PM , Rating: 3
What state did he say this in? Some states still honor verbal contracts (mine got rid of it about 2 years ago).

Anyone know if you could legally hold him to his statement?




RE: $$$
By Lakku on 2/10/2007 7:08:23 PM , Rating: 3
Verbal contracts are valid, or were valid, in most states quite recently up to a certain point. That is, they generally were considered valid on a contract with a value of less then $500. If the product or deal in question is over this amount, it requires a written contract. This holds true for most of the US, but I'm sure states have their own laws, such as yours that apparently has done away with them entirely?


RE: $$$
By Sir Papachan on 2/11/2007 1:44:09 AM , Rating: 2
It would actually be considered an oral contract since it was spoken. a verbal contract can mean both spoken or written.


RE: $$$
By johnsonx on 2/11/2007 12:43:37 PM , Rating: 2
Even if you could get a judge to rule that what he said was a verbal contract (highly doubtful), he would likely rule that the contract is only binding between him and the person he said it directly to. Also, since he stipulated 'been on the shelf for more than a few minutes', you would have to get a ruling on what EXACTLY that means (the judge would likely rule such a statement could not be taken to literally mean 3 to 5 minutes in that context) and then prove that any PS3 you found on a store shelf had indeed been there for longer than the prescribed time (also you'd have to purchase the PS3 and deliver it to Jack Tretton along with all needed proofs).

In other words, no, this really doesn't amount to a verbal contract. It's just a boast, nothing more. Despite all the griping about it here, it's probably mostly accurate as well (not that he'll likely say the same thing again!). His claim is that PS3's are indeed selling, and that stores across the country have little to no stock at any given moment. According to the article (and the amusing comic linked in the first post), most stores seem to have from zero to two PS3's in stock. You can buy one if you want to, but stores don't have hundreds piling up on the discount shelf.

It was a somewhat foolish thing to say, and he probably does have a bit of egg on his face. But it's hardly worth all the griping I've seen from you fools in here.


!!!
By Magius on 2/11/2007 1:20:54 PM , Rating: 2
Great! Let's see, by my calculations I can make a $45600 in profit (after sales tax)if I go buy all 80 PS3 units sitting at my local Best Buy. Now that I think about it Target had 5 more sitting around.

And they been sitting there since Wednesday...

Of course I would need a loan first, but if the guy is a good pay I don't need to worry about high interest... lol.




RE: !!!
By ani4ani on 2/11/2007 2:59:34 PM , Rating: 2
Of course by the very act of taking them off the shelves you could in fact prove his point. I love these guys who seem to spend their day wandering around CC, BB and Walmart just asking salesman how long PS3's have been on the shelves. Also find it amusing that those they saw on Wednesday are the identical ones they see the next time they go in the shop 4 days later? On that basis, I am convinced that Game have never ever sold a 360 - they've had the same empty boxes on the shelves I saw last time I visted the states.


RE: !!!
By Magius on 2/13/2007 9:12:13 PM , Rating: 2
Well, for $1200 a pop, I wouldn't mind helping him "prove" his point. Lol!

And how do I know they are the same? If I remember correctly stores usually receive one or two trucks a week and Sony said it was shipping them weekly. That and the guy at the front door related to me how they received 80 units that week that were still sitting in a pile in front of me in all their heavy glory.

It's called conversation smartypants. You should try it.


RE: !!!
By cpeter38 on 2/11/2007 10:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
I saw 23 when I entered a Costco today (Commerce Township, MI - near 14 mile road and M-5).

I went through the checkout over an hour later and the only change was that one of them had been tossed at an angle on the top of one of the cubes.

I'd love for the guy to put his money where his mouth is. I'd wager that they will still have at least 20 this Friday ...


Lier Lier
By Devenish on 2/11/2007 2:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
Sony’s honesty record is lacking and now this guy is adding two more to the pile, (#1) I can find systems casually resting on the self, (#2) He wont pay up. Sure he made an exaggerated comment, but a stupid one at that.

This kind of reminds me of Iraq’s response to winning the war during the US invasion.




RE: Lier Lier
By ani4ani on 2/11/2007 7:20:28 PM , Rating: 4
Just out of interest, who did win then?


Available
By Schadenfroh on 2/11/2007 10:07:11 AM , Rating: 1
Plenty of PlayStation 3s and Wiis at my local BBs and CCs. I dont know why everyone is complaining about shortages of either.




RE: Available
By Sureshot324 on 2/11/2007 12:01:46 PM , Rating: 2
Damn, tell them to ship some of those Wiis to Canada. I still can't find one.


RE: Available
By darkpaw on 2/12/2007 4:05:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yah, really.

Where is this? I'd still love a Wii and I haven't seen one in stock since Fry's the week after xmas.

And they would only sell with a 5 game bundle, bastards.


If it wasn't for sony
By scrapsma54 on 2/11/2007 11:20:03 PM , Rating: 3
Clearly sony is run by a clear bunch of fucking retards. It is evident that sony's image is ruined because of this.




RE: If it wasn't for sony
By JimFear on 2/12/2007 8:41:50 AM , Rating: 2
The problem is you know there are smart chaps under the hood of idiots. There are blatently some guys working there with sense that are being ignored, screaming "Don't do this, for god sake don't do this" yet the big-wigs always seem to know better.


Sony Bashing
By cplusplus on 2/11/2007 9:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
It's not just a hobby, it's a way of life!

If they screwed up their launch, then what did microsoft do with the 360 launch?




RE: Sony Bashing
By Fenixgoon on 2/11/2007 10:47:52 AM , Rating: 2
they didn't just blow the launch - they blew the entire system by overloading it with blu-ray and the cell. both significantly increase the cost and production time, and cell complicates developing even more than a generic multi-core cpu (360 or any dual/quad core PC today).


Idiots
By rollo1337 on 2/11/2007 9:37:41 PM , Rating: 2
When he said that he would give you 1,200$ for a PS3, he was not talking to anyone else other than the interviewer, so you can take as many PS3 pictures as you want, and look up whatever verbal contract laws, it doesn't matter as he was not talking to you.




RE: Idiots
By Magius on 2/13/2007 9:14:23 PM , Rating: 2
So we could contact the interviewer and help him collect PS3s...


They are sitting around
By kring on 2/12/2007 12:45:36 PM , Rating: 2
I was in wallmart and they have about a dozen sitting there, the demo machine is crashed/locked up, I asked the kid behind the counter when I noticed that there are no 360's in stock and the accessories on the 360 are nearly empty. he said they can't keep the premium 360 in stock, the cores may sit around for a few days and they usually have those in stock (he had 3 there) but the PS3 hasn't sold any that he's aware of in 2 weeks.




RE: They are sitting around
By chrnochime on 2/12/2007 1:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yes those PS3 are sitting around here at local BB, but then 360 isn't selling too well either. There were at least 20 of Premium/Core EACH just sitting there and no one was looking at them, other than me of course.



Spell out acronyms, please
By on 2/11/2007 2:16:46 PM , Rating: 1
People who use acronyms in an article without spelling them out on their first use should be LUAAWAS.




RE: Spell out acronyms, please
By Bremen7000 on 2/11/2007 10:05:45 PM , Rating: 2
Are you referring to SCEA? Sony blah blah America!

And man, my first post looks retarded now that a stealthy edit added the link to the bottom of the article. I want my credit! :(


our store had lots...
By ultimaone on 2/12/2007 1:32:16 PM , Rating: 3
we had a bunch come in, in jan.

and they'd take days to sell, not minutes....


i think its just the cost of the units and ppl
are still happy with their PS2's or have and XBOX 360 already

plus our display unit had fried itself within 3 days :/





OLD!!!
By Teletran1 on 2/10/07, Rating: 0
RE: OLD!!!
By randomlinh on 2/10/2007 6:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
the interview was done in January, and is in this months EGM. I'll tell you right now that in early January, it wasn't too hard to find a PS3. I was in walmart making last ditch efforts to help a friend find a wii and accessories... the salesman, an older gentleman, said no for wii, but smiled and said "but I have 3 PS3's" and started laughing.

Sony botched the launch up, simple as that. And they can't seem to admit it. They need to lower the price and actually get some games out (aka, work with the developers better)


By KaiserCSS on 2/10/2007 6:36:43 PM , Rating: 2
I can't tell who's worse with PR: Kutaragi or Tretton. Either way, I think Sony needs to review who they're hiring.




PS3's Everywhere
By Purity999 on 2/10/2007 7:06:19 PM , Rating: 2
I can walk into almost any major retailer here and find a 60gb PS3. Target, Wal-Mart, EB Games, Best Buy, Game Stop, you name it. The local Target has had 3 for well over two weeks now, and I'm (unfortunately) in West Virginia. Now trying to find a Wii, now that's a different story.




What an A-hole
By AstroCreep on 2/10/2007 8:51:03 PM , Rating: 2
I was at Target not two hours ago and they had some on the selves...on a Saturday evening.
Being fairly surprised I asked the clerk how long they were there, and apparently they had them since Thursday morning. Only one had been sold since they came in, and there were three left.




By solgae1784 on 2/10/2007 9:41:21 PM , Rating: 2
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than a few minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it."

If he's willing to stick to his words, I can tell him all the places that held the 60GB PS3 for months. I'll be $1200 richer for each one.




This is silly
By Flunk on 2/11/2007 12:22:28 AM , Rating: 2
There was a couple of PS3s at the small game store near my house when I swung by today and no one was interested in buying them. This is silly.




HAH!
By latino666 on 2/11/2007 3:02:39 AM , Rating: 2
We have 2 just sitting there at the CC I work at.




cash or check?
By grimdeath on 2/11/2007 3:41:07 AM , Rating: 2
we've had 3 stocked in my local walmart display (thats all that will fit there) and they have been sitting there for a while...though im sure they sell the occasional one its not like they are flying off the shelf or that the the walmart employees are keeping the shelf stocked 24/7 *rolls eyes*

and im not even going to go into the 2 other walmarts in a bigger town near here, the circuit city and best buys..etc..

it wasnt but a few weeks ago i had to stand in line outside at 7am in the icey cold morning at curcuit city to be one of the 4 people actually getting a wii...not counting the other groups of people that came up afterwards only to find they couldnt get one! oh and that same day i ventured by best buy to see how bad the lines were and there were, no joke, 30+ people standing in line...i snapped a few shots on the camera phone cause it was funny! now THAT is demand though partially due to low supply.

im not personally a fan of sony but cmon...perhaps this will be a good message to the industry in general that GRAPHICS do not sell games, GAMEPLAY does.




PUTS ON BEST POKER FACE ..
By ViperROhb34 on 2/11/2007 11:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
.. AND ANNOUNCES TO WORLD AND BOARD OF SONY TRUSTEES WHO DONT KNOW SHIT FROM APPLE BUTTER:

Investors in Sony, In PS3, In BLuray .. These things are selling like pancakes did in the 1920's !! Like wildfire spreading.. Like the Black Plague !

Read Between the lines "I hope no one reads this interview"




I love it
By viperpa on 2/11/2007 5:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
The guy opens his big mouth and then the minute you tell him 9 stores still have PS3's on there shelves, he back tracks. Sounds like to me the PS3's aren't selling all that well for Sony no matter how much Sony hypes them up. Sony gambled that people would spend $600 for a gaming console and they lost. Sony is the one who has to answer to there shareholders.




PS2>PS3
By anonymo on 2/12/2007 8:43:18 AM , Rating: 2
So my 360 died this weekend so I figured it's as good a time as any to grab a PS2 and all the RPGs I missed while boycotting Sony for the last...7(?) years. I had to go to a couple different stores as PS2s are sold out (supposedly) all over Toronto. While in Best Buy a clerk told me that I should just buy a PS3 which they had many of. Maybe Tretton was talking about PS2 and not the PS3? Anywhoo...Brand new PS2 slim with 64mb memcard and FFX(also hard to find new), God of War, RE4 and Dragon Quest8 for $300 compared to $700 for a system with no games...hmmm...($ all in CAD)

I'll give Tretton $1200 for a PS3 if he includes the drugs he's taking so I can enjoy it too.




Funny...
By mydogfarted on 2/12/2007 12:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
... I was in one of the bigger local (NJ/NY Metro area) malls three days before Christmas and could have bought a PS3 in a couple of stores.




pfh
By Armorize on 2/14/2007 10:05:05 AM , Rating: 2
ya I could go into about 5 differant stores and find a ps3, but did anyone stop and think...maybe hes saying something this stupid so he can get noticed. Did anyone notice when this guy took over for scea I didnt rofl.




Wally World
By bldckstark on 2/15/2007 12:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
I was in the local Wal-Mart a couple of days the last two weeks. The first time there were 4 on the shelf and I was surprised so I took notice. The next visit 14 days later, there were three. They looked like the same ones (stacked exactly the same way, same direction and all) so I asked the electronics employee. He said they had sold one since Christmas, and were considering sending them to other stores or back to the manufacturer.

Meanwhile, I can't find a damn Wii for anything near MSRP. I promised my kids one and I may have to pony up big money for it.




CONSIDER THE SOURCE
By walk2k on 2/13/2007 4:20:58 PM , Rating: 1
As always with everything, consider the source.

*Point* at the big huge MICROSOFT banner at the top of this page.




"Gor"
By daytrader7 on 2/10/07, Rating: -1
pedals
By z4ckpete on 2/10/07, Rating: -1
RE: pedals
By MDE on 2/10/2007 8:24:41 PM , Rating: 4
http://mw1.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petal

one of the modified often brightly colored leaves of the corolla of a flower

Check your corrections before you make yourself look like an ass.


RE: pedals
By z4ckpete on 2/13/2007 8:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
lol i agree that it's spelled petals... it used to be pedals i swear... i guess they changed it


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