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
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
"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.
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...
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
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.
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."
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.