Jack Tretton Says Social and Free to Play "Aren't Where Gaming is Headed"

"Jack Tretton, Sony president and CEO of SCEA, has said that social and free-to-play games aren’t where gaming is headed, which should prove some comfort for dedicate PlayStation fans who just want to buy a game and play it."

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TheTwelve1870d ago

Zynga downfall is a sign that Tretton is right. I can't wait until we get through this phase.--12

Moncole1870d ago

Zynga fell because they always copied and they finally copied EA and now EA is sueing them.

ame221870d ago

You hit the nail right on the head. Zynga's downfall is a sign of social gaming's dying breath and that traditional gaming which has continuously been rising for the last 30+ years is here to stay.

guitarded771870d ago

Tretton is the man. He has said repeatedly that Sony is about the core, and Sony's actions have proven that he's just not blowing smoke out his ___. Free to play is all fine and dandy every once in a while, but most of the games are turds, due to lack of funding. Rarely are F2P any good, and the few exceptions tend to nickle and dime you to death making me wish they'd have just made it a retail game so I could pay once and be done with it.

SilentNegotiator1870d ago

We just need to learn once and for all that social and F2P/P2W are things that tend to have finicky, sort-term audiences. Just because a cell phone game or two become mega-franchises, that doesn't undo the dozens of successful mega-franchise console and PC games.

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IcyEyes1870d ago

To be honest, I never consider social and free games a real videogames ... maybe a "distraction", nothing more. So no worries, REAL gaming is another affair.

guitarded771870d ago

That's the difference between us as gamers and the people in the industry who follow trends looking for financial incentives. At the end of the day, what we consider real gaming has little to fear because it has been tried, tested and proven for decades. Trends will come and go, but not every Angry Birds player will still be pumping money into the industry 5 or 10 years from now.

TekoIie1870d ago

I hope theres more of both! F2P games may force game devs who sell their games at retail to up the quality of their games :)

The_Infected1870d ago

I'd love to know who dissagrees with you! Jack is dead right.

yeahokchief1870d ago

Jack for president! Oh wait...

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red2tango1870d ago (Edited 1870d ago )

I hope Sony keeps being Sony.

TheFinalEpisode1870d ago

I like how he's foucusing in the hardcore while everyone else wants to appeal to the casual crowd

Alos881870d ago

The hardcore crowd will stick around a lot longer than the casual crowd tend to; there isn't really much brand loyalty among casual gamers.
That is why all the "console gaming is dead" articles you see are total BS.

Captain Tuttle1870d ago

Why aren't the "hardcore" buying the Vita? Not trolling, serious question.

elmaton981870d ago

Maybe the psvita isnt appealing to them, i for 1, wouldnt buy one since im not into handheld devices at all so i won't spend money on one and this is coming from a ps3 fan.

Alos881870d ago

My guess is the general lack of games currently.

tiffac0081870d ago (Edited 1870d ago )


Most of us (core gamers) have the patience to wait for a price cut, better retail offerings and more games. Aside for the rest of us (including me) who are early adopters.

Mostly its the casual market that buys a product at full price without knowing what it offers (and mostly because its popular right now).

So we'll see how it goes for the Vita in the following months. The 3DS was put in a similar doom and gloom scenario not so long ago before it proved its detractors wrong.

Captain Tuttle1869d ago (Edited 1869d ago )

Thanks for the civilized responses guys, all good points. I think Gamescon and TGS are really going to make or break the Vita though. I'm still blown away how Sony failed to highlight it during E3.

Wonderbook. Really Sony? Wonderbook?

Edit: Regarding the 3DS, Nintendo had to put a very aggressive price cut in there which I'm not sure Sony can afford. Combine that with Nintendo's proven first party handheld titles and I think that's why you're seeing the 3DS do relatively well. It's also puzzling how Sony let Monster Hunter go to the 3DS, that was basically the main reason for the PSP's success in Japan.

raytraceme1869d ago (Edited 1869d ago )


Issue is that the us isn't sony's biggest market anymore it's eu. The vita has sold more in eu than in the us Since gamescom is in eu sony is putting a lot into it. Vita has sold more in eu than in the us.

Wonderbook is something to help sony get some casual market cash. Atleast the money from it will go towards investing in more new ip's.

tiffac0081869d ago (Edited 1869d ago )


Yeah, Sony didn't do the Vita any favor by putting Wonderbook up front during E3. I realize what they are trying to do there but not having any time for the Vita during E3 was just not right.

It was just too much Wonderbook.

And I think what Sony should do first before a price cut, is bundle 4GB memory cards with the purchase of every Vita. Instead of having the customer pay extra for it. At least they should try that out.

I mean its been the nature of the console business that hardware devices drop in price after a year or so. So we know that's coming but at least put in a sweetener before that by bundling the memory card.

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Straightupbeastly1870d ago (Edited 1870d ago )

Sony were always casual. Seems like they're playing to the hardcore crowd because they're in panic mode to at least keep them around.

This is the same company that copied the wii controller lets not forget

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1870d ago (Edited 1870d ago )

Um honesty why would he say "yes social games will kill playstation!! yeah!!".

But real social gamers are here to stay. Of course casual gamers deserve to have there games to but the hardcore need to survive.

Now when it comes to pc free 2 play is the way and I am seeing free 2 play games that look like $60 games or better.

Ironic Sony is making a free 2 play game.

These graphics with 2000 players huge maps & you can only purchase custom looks for your armor & can't buy guns.

That to me that is a big blow to $60 shooters.
But I guess sony was just playing? I am confused.

but then again I guess he is only talking ps4 & not the whole industry.

rambling mode deactivated......

ZeroX98761870d ago

He said it's not the future, BUT you can't let an occasion of getting those casual to like one of their Free2play games and Incite them to buy more hardcore games after.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1869d ago

The thing is that some of the free 2play games are hardcore.

HammadTheBeast1870d ago

Sony does support f2p as seen by Dust 514 and Planetside, but it knows that people are going to buy the micro transactions based on quality.

Either that, or a Sony representative has a gun pointed at my head as I type.

Mustang300C20121870d ago (Edited 1870d ago )

Yet their DC MMO is now free 2 play and Dust 514 was changed to free 2 play. Hmmmmm

Seventh_Blood_Reborn1870d ago

Two games of hundreds. Hmmmmm ... A truly sign of a strong trend /s

Lvl_up_gamer1870d ago

How many Sony mmo's do you think they have?

elmaton981870d ago

He was talking about ps3 games

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