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Sony: Consoles Wars About "Being The Best" Not The Cheapest

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Matt Gardner
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E3 2012, Jack Tretton, Next-gen, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

Sony: Consoles Wars About "Being The Best" Not The Cheapest

SCE America's head honcho Jack Tretton has been looking to calm speculation that Sony will be making a big push to try and beat Microsoft to releasing a next-gen console, saying that quality is the only thing that matters.

"We've never been first, we've never been cheapest, it's about being best," he told GameTrailers at E3.

"And I think if you can build a better machine and it's going to come out a little bit later, that's better than rushing something to market that's going to run out of gas for the long-term."

In an ideal world, all three would come into alignment nicely, but Tretton says that Sony's number one goal will always be to focus on trying to create the best product.

"I think, ideally, in a perfect world, you want the best machine that ships first, that's cheapest, but the number one goal is to be the best machine and that's what we're always focused on," he added.

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DivideByZero  Jun. 6, 2012 at 16:22

Yep, fair enough. If a things worth going, it's worth doing right.

jk12324  Jun. 6, 2012 at 16:26

That's true. I had a PS2, but when it came to upgrading I weighed up my options and didn't just go for PS3 without thinking, like a fanboy would. I very nearly went for an Xbox because of its much lower price (the difference is a lot less now), but the threat of the RROD of the Xbox, blu-ray, free online play and better exclusives of the PS3 won me over.

Last edited by jk12324, Jun. 6, 2012 at 16:27
socialjeebus  Jun. 6, 2012 at 16:37

That's true. I had a PS2, but when it came to upgrading I weighed up my options and didn't just go for PS3 without thinking, like a fanboy would. I very nearly went for an Xbox because of its much lower price (the difference is a lot less now), but the threat of the RROD of the Xbox, blu-ray, free online play and better exclusives of the PS3 won me over.


Although I own both (I got a mobile phone deal which included the Xbox 360) the thing that tips my attention towards the PS3 is the exclusives without doubt. Uncharterd, Yakuza, etc. The timed exclusives for Xbox 360 would be annoying (if I didn't own one) - particularly, Elder Scrolls/Fallout DLCs and GTA DLC but it's a small price to pay imho.

Joeseye  Jun. 6, 2012 at 17:02

That's true. I had a PS2, but when it came to upgrading I weighed up my options and didn't just go for PS3 without thinking, like a fanboy would. I very nearly went for an Xbox because of its much lower price (the difference is a lot less now), but the threat of the RROD of the Xbox, blu-ray, free online play and better exclusives of the PS3 won me over.


Although I own both (I got a mobile phone deal which included the Xbox 360) the thing that tips my attention towards the PS3 is the exclusives without doubt. Uncharterd, Yakuza, etc. The timed exclusives for Xbox 360 would be annoying (if I didn't own one) - particularly, Elder Scrolls/Fallout DLCs and GTA DLC but it's a small price to pay imho.


Yeah, that's true. From day one I knew I'd purchase a PS3, simply because of exclusive games (God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Killzone, Uncharted, Resistance, Wipeout, LittleBigPlanet, InFamous, etc. etc.). I also believed it had better quality and more powerful hardware, which is true, even though quite a few of my friends had 360s. It just depends what you're after.

gunnx  Jun. 6, 2012 at 17:33

I had hoped that the launch of the PS3 would be much the same as when the PS2 came out as that was amazing. But it was sad to see it have such a limping start, I'm not 100% sure how much of that was Sonys fault or the developers. I'm sure I read something about Rockstar offering exclusivity to Sony and they turned it down.


That's true. I had a PS2, but when it came to upgrading I weighed up my options and didn't just go for PS3 without thinking, like a fanboy would. I very nearly went for an Xbox because of its much lower price (the difference is a lot less now), but the threat of the RROD of the Xbox, blu-ray, free online play and better exclusives of the PS3 won me over.

Late  Jun. 7, 2012 at 10:48

Disagree.

Price is a major factor, for me. I knew the ps3 was technically the more powerful and more reliable machine, but I went with the 360 because it was more affordable.
I knew I'd eventually end up paying for a separate BD player etc. but that's fine if it's a couple of years down the line. (I didn't yet have a HD telly, but knew I would at some point in the next two or three years.)

I don't regret my decision at all. The ps3 may be stronger than the 360, but in the vast majority of cross platform games the two are virtually identical (some would argue the 360 version is better in a lot of instances - and a few of those might actually be impartial). And I think both systems have comparable exclusives - both have a number of games that the other system's owners "aren't really interested in" because it's not an option to them, but the reality is they would love if it were.

I'm not saying companies should make low cost their priority, and eschew all quality. If that were the case we'd all be lumbered with Nintendos. (Never miss an opportunity for a dig!) I'm very happy with how the current gen panned out, with consumers given a nice choice:
Nintendo - cheap and cheerful, poor performance, with nice gimmicks;
Sony - great quality and performance, but at a premium;
Microsoft - great performance, but cheaper due to cutting corners.
That's a pretty fantastic set of options, to be honest, catering for everyone - and I'll be happy if the next generation ends up going the same way (and I think that's a distinct possibility).

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