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Tretton says people don't respect confidentiality

Product leaks are incredibly frustrating occurrence that tech companies today must deal with on a regular basis. Employees leak images and specifications of coming products early. When the manufacturer needs to let third parties in on new devices, often the secret is only kept until the rep leaves the room. Leaks are great for fans of technology and gadgets because details emerge early and honestly many leaks are good for the companies making the leaked product as well.

Leaks were plentiful ahead of the Sony keynote at E3 earlier this month. Before the show even kicked off, details and an image of the PSP Go showed up online and trailers for upcoming Sony games Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and The Last Guardian were leaked.

Sony Computer Entertainment America head Jack Tretton isn't happy about the leaks and feels that they stole some of the thunder from the Sony E3 announcements. Tretton told CNBC, "People don't respect confidentiality in this industry. It's tough enough to keep a secret within your own company, much less when you speak to third parties."

He continued saying, "This is an industry that has trouble focusing on today. We want to constantly talk about tomorrow.... You have to prepare for people to know things in advance. The frustrating thing is they only know a part of the story and that opens up a lot of conjecture and misinformation that ultimately waters down the reality when you roll it out."

Many fans of Sony may have been more likely to pay attention to the E3 press briefings after the leaks to see if the new products were real or not. GameDaily reports that Tretton is optimistic about the PSP Go and its chances in the market.

Tretton said, "At the end of the day, the iPhone is a phone. At the end of the day, we're a game system.... If the iPhone gets you interested in gaming, that's good for me, because it gives me a chance to sell you a PSP."

One of the things Sony announced at E3 that didn’t get leaked prior to the show was the new motion control technology. Some of the rumors that were circulated about new products and offerings being announced at E3 proved false like a slim PS3 and a price cut on the PS3.

Game developers and consumers have been calling for Sony to chop the price of its PS3 console, the most expensive gaming console on the market by a wide margin. Speaking about PS3 pricing Tretton said, "I can't remember a day that people who have no stake in the profitability of our company have not called for a price cut. I think everybody but us would love to see it given away for free." He continued, "We'll do everything we can do to make our pricing relevant. But remember cheapest isn't always the most successful. It's what you get for your dollar."

Sony continues to press the point that the PS3 is more than a mere gaming console. The PS3 Blu-ray is one of the better Blu-ray players out there thanks to its ability to be upgraded as new Blu-ray features are released. Most standalone Blu-ray players can’t be upgraded with new features.

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By Venomman on 6/15/2009 11:09:05 AM , Rating: 4
Maybe next year have something with a little more zing then the PSP Go.....

RE: Hrmmm
By Uncle on 6/15/2009 11:17:03 AM , Rating: 1
I'm still boycotting them since the rootkit fiasco. Guess what, I have no problem finding good competitor items.

RE: Hrmmm
By mfed3 on 6/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: Hrmmm
By adiposity on 6/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: Hrmmm
By BansheeX on 6/15/2009 12:12:04 PM , Rating: 2
How do you release a product with a known 30% failure rate and manage to call the other side douchebags?

RE: Hrmmm
By theapparition on 6/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: Hrmmm
By Iaiken on 6/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: Hrmmm
By chick0n on 6/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: Hrmmm
By lexluthermiester on 6/17/2009 12:28:02 AM , Rating: 2
And using a completely unconfirmed 30% failure rate is getting old. MS has never released statistics for return rates.

We don't NEED Microsotf to confirm the defective rates. I have two friends that both work in game retail shops. And by their very accurate numbers, averaged between the two shops, 360's still have a 16% defect rate, and after how long being released?!? At one point the rate was as high at 53%! 53 frickin percent! Wii, DS/DSi, PS3 and PSP all are well below 10% and have NEVER been above it. Let's think about that for a moment shall we all?

I am certainly no fan of Sony Music's highly unlawful rootkit nonsense. But that is a different division from the gaming division.

Just like we can't dislike ALL of Microsoft for the monkeyness of the 360 hardware folks. Some of Microsofts folks do get things right. Perfect example, Windows 7. The best OS they have and yet they needed to learn a hard lesson with Vista to bring it into fruition.

My point is, from a software viewpoint, the 360 has been a success, but not from a hardware viewpoint. From that perspective it has been, and I'm going to borrow from a friend, an "EPIC FAIL".

RE: Hrmmm
By adiposity on 6/15/2009 11:43:17 AM , Rating: 5
Totally different division...

RE: Hrmmm
By alifbaa on 6/15/09, Rating: -1
RE: Hrmmm
By BansheeX on 6/15/2009 12:08:41 PM , Rating: 5
Does this coincide with your lifetime boycott of America for slavery and indian genocide?

RE: Hrmmm
By foolsgambit11 on 6/15/2009 3:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I know, we were total douchebags, to paraphrase another poster's comments.

I like to call this the Idi Amin Effect. Kill one person, go to prison; kill 50, go to prison, but be sickly admired like all serial killers are; kill hundreds of thousands, and somebody will pay you a pension to retire.

To bring things back to Sci&Tech, some more Mac-hating people might call it the Apple Effect. Restrict the versatility of a product a little (like Sony), and you're universally panned. Restrict it a lot, and you're the darling of the world.

RE: Hrmmm
By chick0n on 6/15/2009 3:28:28 PM , Rating: 1
so does that mean no one ever spied on you? ask our great government and your local telcos, and there is nothing you can do about it.

What are you going to do next? move out of the states ?

get a f'ing clue, moron.

RE: Hrmmm
By excelsium on 6/15/2009 8:34:58 PM , Rating: 2
Never heard of Forgive and forget eh.

RE: Hrmmm
By Chocobollz on 6/16/2009 6:40:10 AM , Rating: 2
Nono.. it's a good things to forgive someone for their mistake but you shouldn't forget, because we, as human, have tendencies to make the same mistakes over and over again (including you and me). So, we should not forget!

RE: Hrmmm
By afkrotch on 6/17/2009 9:57:58 AM , Rating: 1
You know, the odds of you actually boycotting Sony is pretty fucking slim. Do you really think you have boycotted them?

Watch The Unusuals? That's Sony. Jeopardy? That's Sony. Here's a nice list of all that Sony Pictures has to offer.

Buy a laptop recently? Bet it's using a Sony battery. Sony is simply too massive for you to boycott them at all. Ppl who think they are actually boycotting Sony are morons.

RE: Hrmmm
By Cincybeck on 6/19/2009 4:24:03 AM , Rating: 1
Shit are you serious? Damnit... Hmm -- You think I could sue them for having a monopoly on my life?

RE: Hrmmm
By Hiawa23 on 6/15/09, Rating: 0
RE: Hrmmm
By Belard on 6/15/2009 10:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
How about the "PSP Go Fast"?

RE: Hrmmm
By armulyman on 6/16/2009 11:38:15 PM , Rating: 2
I would like to see a psp that doubles as a Google android phone. Then I would be able to run all of my home-brew emulators AND have all of those neat Google apps. Not too mention I could throw out my old phone.

Bar none, NES still has the best games around.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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