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Sony: We don't need no GTA

There's no denying the Grand Theft Auto series' astonishing stranglehold on the general gaming population. In fact, such is the popularity of GTA, many have attributed a significant part of the PS2's success to Sony's exclusivity deal with Rockstar. Now, in the face of a simultaneous Xbox 360 and PS3 release for GTA4, SCEA's co-chief operating officer Jack Tretton has denied that the loss of exclusivity will be detrimental to Sony's next-gen success.

Speaking to TheStreet.com, Tretton argued, "There's no question that having the Grand Theft Auto franchise helped us a lot and helped us sell some units, but I don't think the battle would be any different with or without Grand Theft Auto." In fact, Tretton went on to confidentally state that, thanks to Sony's "formidable" first-party offerings, the lack of GTA4 exclusivity is unlikely to effect the company at all: "No, I don't think it hurts us. No, I really don't."

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bernie3754d ago (Edited 3754d ago )

Rockstar, if you're watching? Sony aren't interested so just make it for the Xbox360.

USMChardcharger3753d ago

i never catch what you say, but it must be bad because no one more would love to see ssj banned for good than outlaw.

and if you are using a lot of bad language to get your point across, then you are no better than ssj anyway.

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OutLaw3754d ago

If they really believe that not having GTA exclusive don't hurt their company then maybe Rockstar should consider not giving them that series no more. There was two things hE said that was stupid. One is this

but I don't think the battle would be any different with or without Grand Theft Auto." In fact, Tretton went on to confidentally state that, thanks to Sony's "formidable" first-party offerings, the lack of GTA4 exclusivity is unlikely to effect the company at all: "No, I don't think it hurts us. No, I really don't."

The Second was this, when asked about the price of the PS3.

I guess if price is the only consideration," he offered, "then we've won the war, because we've got a $129 PlayStation 2 that outsells the Xbox 360 today."

The guy is a moron. The war isn't with the PS2. But the PS3. Thats like saying that the Nintendo DS is out-selling the PS2. It wouldn't be a good comparison. Come on Sony get it together.

Lucidmantra3754d ago

I mean why care about a game that sold about 60 million of those 100 million units you sold. Geez these guys are dumb... the air must be thin up there on their high horse because sure aren't getting enough oxygen for their brains to function correctly.

PS360PCROCKS3754d ago

WHO CARES IF THE PS2 outsold the 360? Even if it does and I have stated this before the Xbox 360 before accessories would have made 92 Million and the PS2, 56 Million, they're selling more, but for MORE THAN HALF what the 360 sells for, geesh Sony needs to make a book "The art of bullsh*t" and they can market it with "This influential book will teach you how to look like a total non ethical, or knowledgeable individual, how to make bad business decisions, and how to try and cover it up with more moronic statements"

Shadow Flare3753d ago

"WHO CARES if PS2 outsold the 360?"

well, thats...actually the whole point to being successful in the gaming industry; the more consoles you sell, the more successful you are.

And i hardly think playstation dont care bout gta #1. Sony was the one who recognised the talent and potential in the first place. I think what the guy shouldve said was that yes, ps2 could have won the last generation without gta, BUT it certainly helped

However, i wonder what would happen if xbox lost halo exclusivity.Mmm...haha

PS360PCROCKS3753d ago

"well, thats...actually the whole point to being successful in the gaming industry; the more consoles you sell, the more successful you are."

I think the point of being successful is to make money not sell as many things as you can, aston martin and rolls royce don't sell as many cars as any other car company, but they make just as much if not more, nice try to be clever. Also I'd rather be Microsoft making $400 a console than ps2 for $130 think about it for every 2 consoles Microsoft sells, sony has to sell 6 to make the same amount...

TheMART3753d ago

Uhm not to be a pain in the *ss my friend, but it depends on the costprice of the console. You can't compare selling price, because you don't know the amount of money that Sony wins or looses on the PS2.

We know with the 360 that it's somewhere close to 175 on a Premium, but costprice of the PS2 will got lower also in the past 6 years.

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Marty83703754d ago

He means its one game,there will be other new top selling 1st party titles on the PS3 that will do the same job,sell units

Lucidmantra3754d ago

What was the top selling series for the PS2?

zypher3754d ago (Edited 3754d ago )

just in case you REALLY wanted to know, the Gran Turismo series on the PS2 has sold more than 20 million units worldwide. thats not counting GT 1 and 2 on the PSOne

Lucidmantra3753d ago (Edited 3753d ago )

Linkage??? and I said for the PS2...
Show me the numbers not just what you want to type. I BET you that GTA is at least the the #1, #2 or #3 selling series for the PS2 that isn't a Sony first party developed game (meaning no GT, MGS) and pissing them off is not a good thing since they rung up HUGE sales for your system last gen.

GTA:SA sold over 12 million copies in the first 4 months it was released. And that is only 11 of the 3 that came out for the PS2.

Only thing other than that i can think of in the US is Madden and for Japan it is Final Fantasy toi match those numbers.

zypher3753d ago

and yes, i'm talking PS2 too. GT 3 and 4 sold more than 20 million units worldwide

http://www.totalvideogames....

Lucidmantra3753d ago

ok i will research it... But lets at least agree saying you don't need one of the top 5 selling series your company has is a little bit dumb.

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PS360PCROCKS3754d ago

la la la GTA DUH! Good job Lucid, this guys a idiot