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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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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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