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Sony: Nintendo Make "Babysitting Tools," Xbox 360 "Running Out Of Steam"

Jonathan Lester
Games news, Jack Tretton, Microsoft, Nintendo, Smack talk, Sony

Sony: Nintendo Make "Babysitting Tools," Xbox 360 "Running Out Of Steam"

Hold on to your hats, fanboys. This is going to be inflammatory to the extreme.

Sony Computer Entertainment of America boss Jack Tretton has launched a deeply insulting and entirely unprovoked attack on their console rivals, labelling Microsoft as "running out of steam," Kinect as inaccurate and Nintendo's wares as "babysitting tools."

Ouch. Full quotes... and the all important comment box... after the break.

Speaking to Fortune, SCEA head honcho Jack Tretton wasted no time in rubbishing Sony's competition. When asked about the Xbox 360, the influential exec believes that Microsoft's console is on the way out.

They're starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond. I mean, you've gotta be kidding me. Why would I buy a gaming system without a hard drive in it? How does this thing scale?

You know, he might actually have a point... but there have to be better ways to phrase it. Kinect, Microsoft's motion controller, also was also brought into the firing line - with a rather inaccurate comment about accuracy.

Motion gaming is cute, but if I can only wave my arms six inches, how does this really feel like I'm doing true accurate motion gaming?

Tretton soon directed his scorn towards Nintendo, blaming them for making "babysitting tools" rather than videogame tech.

Our view of the 'Game Boy experience' is that it's a great babysitting tool, something young kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those. He's too old for that.

I'm not, for the record.

As far as the PS3 is concened, Tretton believes that it's just "hitting its stride"in terms of hardware - and feel that 3D gaming and the NGP will provide a killer fiscal year.

Right, you know it's time to get involved with this one. Do you agree with Tretton's staggeringly direct comments? Or do you have a few choice words of your own. Have your say in the comments!

Add a comment8 comments
zax  Apr. 9, 2011 at 12:47

Yup, I agree with him ... except Kinect maybe.

Ryan  Apr. 9, 2011 at 13:41

As far as motion gaming being cute, he probably thinks that because nobody gives a damn about PS Move. Why would I want to wave a controller around with a giant sphere on the end of it when I could use my bare hands? All the consoles have their pros and cons. Kinect is only good in certain-sized rooms, but it's the best motion controller. The PS3 is the best console for media, with BluRay and iPlayer, etc. The Wii is good for family gaming, and has the most motion-based software out there. But, let's not compare penis sizes, because nobody will win.

Ryan  Apr. 9, 2011 at 13:42

Also, note to Dealspwn: the comments box doesn't scroll correctly on Firefox 4.

Jonathan Lester  Apr. 9, 2011 at 14:10

We're on it, thanks Ryan.

Rhodeuk  Apr. 10, 2011 at 08:26

His xbox hard drive comment was a bit confusing. Considering the original design meant you could buy multiple hard drives and easily swap them between consoles. Even the new base model comes with 4gb of storage which is plenty for lots of people and can be upgraded to 250gb for around £40.

Sony are very good at saying inflammatory and sometimes even wildly inaccurate statements that get lifted by the media as facts. Wouldn't be surprised if the whole Sun vs 3DS debarcle was started by members of Sony's PR team.

The Gamer  Apr. 11, 2011 at 10:10

It's a little rich of a Sony representative to take a shot at the Kinect when the Move has been so poorly received. However I do agree that the PS3 is finally hitting it's stride as a console.

And it only took four years!

Richey  May. 17, 2011 at 00:07

Oh. The pre-april 20th irony of it all. It's so delicious I don't think I can take another bite. I find I'm just a little stuffed. Will take my smooth efficient satisfying on-line environment to go though...

Gunn  May. 17, 2011 at 09:45

Last figures I read were Kinect at 10 million sales and Move at 8 million so if true I'd have to disagree with you, I do think though that in the UK advertising for Move has been next to nothing. I see far more Xbox advertising than PS3. Thing is I took a punt on the Move, it was less than £30 but I'm probably have 2nd thoughts on splashing out a £100 on a device at the start, but looking forward to seeing what MS will have on offer for Kinect at E3.


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