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Sony's Tretton on Smart Phones and the Future of Gaming

The numbers in Europe clearly indicate that we have been in the lead position for quite some time so it was a matter of not taking the lead but catching up to the install base numbers from previous consumers.

I think the other thing that the install base numbers don't really tell is last gamers- people that have traded in a hardware unit for another hardware unit or people that are just not playing it anymore. I think software numbers are the biggest indicators and that's where we have seen tremendous growth. Not only in our market but across the world.

You see more and more multi-platform games being sold in the PlayStation 3 version which is clearly an indication that PlayStation 3 is a system of choice for gamers and this is the home front for Microsoft. That's the market people are going to defend with the greatest amount of effort but clearly in Europe, and the Asian markets, we feel the competition is in the rear-view mirror.

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oldjadedgamer2549d ago

Pretty solid interview by Jack and where he stands on the competition.

Would have been nice to get some hints about the PlayStation phone or the PSP2 but thats just wishful thinking.

Dramscus2549d ago

He totally gave the psphone away as much as he could.
"LL: Well, if it ever does come true, you know there will be lots of gamers and tech enthusiasts out there who will buy it.

JT: We want to sell them a dedicated, portable gaming device but I think there is a place for a smart phone and hopefully get them in for the entry level gamer and then have them graduate to a dedicated device. That's the PlayStation hope anyway. "

Especially that bit. It's pretty much a yeah we've got a psphone were going to announce. In the comment right before that he says it's rumour and innuendo which is totally as much as he can say because he's probably under a NDA like every other person that works for a big gaming company.

RageAgainstTheMShine2549d ago

You see more and more multi-platform games being sold in the PlayStation 3 version which is clearly an indication that PlayStation 3 is a system of choice for gamers and this is the home front for Microsoft. That's the market people are going to defend with the greatest amount of effort but clearly in Europe, and the Asian markets, we feel the competition is in the rear-view mirror.

In the U.S. market we still have a fight on our hands, but we feel very good on how we're doing. We have plenty of data that says the PlayStation 3 consumer not only buys more software than the competition, they spend more dollars on entertainment period. So, we have a much more aggressive entertainment consumer spending more on movie tickets, concert tickets, and other forms of entertainment and I think that just bodes well that we've got the Über user, the ultimate entertainment junkie on PlayStation 3.

so true!

mrv3212549d ago

Smart phones and gaming seem like the worst idea.

Smart phones are something people need, actually NEED... more so than lunch, the batteries are small.

Mobile gaming tends to hog battery, which wasn't a problem when you didn't really need to text, ring or the internet...

Mixing the two... a POWERFUL gaming machine and a smart phone could be a problem without a good battery.

Otheros002549d ago

Smart phone IS NOT A NEED. Smart phone + gaming eats up lots of battery unless they tone the gaming part down.

Active Reload2549d ago

Don't know why you got disagrees unless those people like what gaming is offered on the smart phones. But I understand what you're saying. Like, something more powerful than the PSP along with being a full blown smartphone. This would be something a lot of people would think needed a SUPER battery. But I think it could be done. A lady I work with has an iPad and the battery life on that thing is AMAZING. Thats one of the reasons I'm interested in the iPad.

Stealth20k2549d ago

he gave a hint for a psphone and a psp2

the psphone being just a phone that plays micro games that gamers can mature into a dedicated portable like the psp 2

silvacrest2549d ago (Edited 2549d ago )

why do you keep repeating your self over and over in every single psphone thread?

i agree that the psp phone will probably play minis for now but thats okay, the iphone started the same and now it has SF4 and china town wars as well as what epic is doing

its still a day one for me

Paradise Lost2549d ago

Nice i would definitely buy a ps phone.

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