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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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Owner of a PS3
By Sadodare on 6/15/2009 12:31:38 PM , Rating: 3
I can easily see why the price tag is what it is...But they could easily do what other people do and make it a lower base line and charge a crap-ton for accessories to make it start to get fun

RE: Owner of a PS3
By fishbits on 6/15/2009 1:02:12 PM , Rating: 2
Umm, the PS3 includes a lot of nice features and should get props for that, but by no means do the other consoles need "a crap-ton for accessiories to make it start to get fun."

I mean, instead of pointing out a PS3 strength it sounds pretty suspect to try and claim other consoles aren't fun from initial purchase onward.

RE: Owner of a PS3
By afkrotch on 6/17/2009 10:02:45 AM , Rating: 2
It sure as hell wasn't fun for me to spend $100 on a 60 gig hdd that is only worth $40. All just so I can install the games onto the hard drive, so I don't have to listen to massive amount of sound coming from the optical drive that is taking away from my fun.

I also had to spent $20 to get rechargeable batteries and a charge cable, as it's not much fun to keep buying batteries and it's really not fun when you have no batteries and no way to use the console.

RE: Owner of a PS3
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/15/2009 1:14:28 PM , Rating: 4
I can easily see why the price is what it is as well, it's the name Sony stuck on the front of it....

RE: Owner of a PS3
By cheetah2k on 6/15/2009 9:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well considering you can buy "PlayTV" for an extra AU$100 which transforms the PS3 into a HD TV PVR, I reckon the PS3 is actually quite good value.

For example, if i wanted to watch BlueRays, HD TV, record HD TV and play games, It would cost me almost AU$500 more than the value of a PS3 (+ PlayTV) on individual components to do the same job - and then I'd have to deal with a bundle of remote controls too!

I'm not a PS3 fanboy. Infact I rarely play games. I love my Home Cinema though, and I only buy equipment that just make sense.

RE: Owner of a PS3
By Hiawa23 on 6/15/2009 1:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
not sure how this turned into a PS3 fanboy thread, but I also own a PS3 as with all the consoles. The 360 is my favorite. I guess it depends on the gamer as all the nice additions the PS3 came with I really did not need, & the only thing I bought my 360s were a hdd, so all that extra stuff that the Sony fans claim you need to buy for it, you don't. MS doesn't get a pass from me for the RROD issue, but my 2 360s have been more reliable than both my PS1 & Ps2, both of those I had to replace. The PS3 is a great value if you need all that, but apparently the masses don't think so. The topic is about the PSP GO, I thought. Talking price, come this holiday season we will see if the masses rush out to buy the GO, I know I won't be one of them. Some say they see how the price is $250, well, I & many analysts don't, infact many are saying the Go doesn't cost Sony anymore to make than the $169 PSP that they are making money on as the umd drive vs 16gig ram cancels each other out, & seems like this is nothing more than gouge to customers. If you see this as a great value, more power to you, that's what Sony is hoping for.

RE: Owner of a PS3
By deeznuts on 6/15/2009 7:42:31 PM , Rating: 2
The PS3 is a great value if you need all that, but apparently the masses don't think so.
The masses that have bought more than 20 million despite being twice as expensive as the cheapest console which had a year headstart with no competition?

Sony isn't going to win this generation but lets not make silly arguments.

I have all 3 and the Ps3 is my favorite. I've only liked 4 games on my 360 so far, Fable II was ok, Mass Effect was fun (but flawed) and Gears. That's it. I've tried many through gamefly but the other games just don't do it for me.

At least I play the 360 though. The Wii literally sits in my drawer uninstalled.

I found it easier to just buy all 3 then to sit and bicker about which were superior. But I will say the Wii will probably stay in the drawer for a little while more.

RE: Owner of a PS3
By Belard on 6/15/2009 11:12:37 PM , Rating: 1
Thats why it kind of doesn't make sense about people bitching about the price. Its $400... and far more abilities than the original priced Xbox360/20GB which was... $400!

Lets see the xbox play Blu-Ray... nope. Stream/DL 720 compressed video doesn't match the quality of a 25~50GB blu-ray disc. Wireless networking? Oops, thats a $80~100 add-on. Mouse & joystick for some games and internet usage... nope for the Xbox again. User upgradable HD... you have to do what MS has.. They used to charge $100 for the 20GB upgrade and about $180 for the 120GB upgrade. On the PS3... open the trap door, drop in a 500GB drive for $100! Or $65 for a 320GB drive. While MS's "lower price deal" is $140/$95 for the 120GB / 60GB models.

Hmmm. imagin dropping in a SSD unit into the PS3 :)

Other expensive Consoles... and remember, the PS3 is recent.

3DO $700 1994: by 3DO/Panasonic /CD-ROM based. 2 million units.
CD32 $500 1993: by Commdore. Bad timing and management. Could play V-CDs with optional FMV add-on.
NeoGeo $650 1990: Japanese console, $200 cart. Today, those games can go for thousands.

Are the PS3 and PSP failures? No. Are they #1, no.

Expecting the PS3 to cost the same as a $200 Xbox (no HD) or $250 Wii (no DVD playback or HD output) is silly. Its like demanding Porsche to sell their 911 ($80,000) for the same price as a $22,000 Ford Mustang V6.

The PS3 will come down to $200~300 over the next 6~24 months as the tech becomes "old" and cheaper to make.
The PS2 was $300 and didn't include a HD or blu-ray player, no networking or wireless tech.

Now, at $100: Its tiny, includes an Ethernet port. To a large degree - it should compete directly with the Wii. If SONY is a bit smart, they should market it as such. Considering that the PS2's CPU/GPU are a still more powerful and can play DVD movies. Perhaps put it in a slick new white box, they can even make more sales.

RE: Owner of a PS3
By TreeDude62 on 6/16/2009 1:48:54 PM , Rating: 2
Did you just say the PS2 is more powerful that the Wii? I can say you are 100% wrong on that one. Also, with a little trickery, the Wii can play DVDs just fine. But considering most people have DVD players, I don't consider that a big deal.

My 360 plays DVDs, but I hardly use it for that.

RE: Owner of a PS3
By afkrotch on 6/17/2009 10:05:49 AM , Rating: 2
I'm with TreeDude on this. The PS2 is definitely not as powerful as the Wii. Course, the Wii by no means is a powerhouse. It's got as much power as the original Xbox.

RE: Owner of a PS3
By Belard on 6/18/2009 5:44:50 AM , Rating: 2
Okay... the Wii is 1.5~2x faster than the Game Cube.. its hardware specs mirrors some of GC, while the GPU and CPU are enhanced, but not revolutionary.

Theres already articles about how the Wii's hardware is at its limits, already. And that's because its an enhanced GC. But I'm not saying the GC or Wii are bad systems. Wii has the market share it deserves. So with the improvements, that'll put the Wii more-or less on par with the PS2/Xbox.

POint is, PS3 can't be priced the same as a Wii or 360, if it had a DVD drive, rather than Blu-Ray, it would cost the same as the 360 and would have been out a year earlier. PS3's lateness was GOOD for MS, bad for Toshiba.

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