The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Jack Tretton, has admitted that the PS3 has failed to meet his company’s expectations in the first year of its life, but says that he is extremely confident as the industry heads toward Christmas.
Speaking to MSNBC, Trettong stated: I don’t think there’s any question that there were missteps, but I don’t think anybody is being honest with you if they say that the first year of any platform goes perfectly according to plan.
I think the PS3’s first year fell short of what we’d ideally like. But if you put it into perspective, we’re not taking the safe route. We didn’t take the PS2 and add a few bells and whistles to it. What we’re trying to do here is refocus the game industry towards high-definition gaming, a real state-of-the-art, future-proof machine for the next decade.
The beauty of this business is that it isn’t all about one day, it isn’t all about one title, or one month. I think there’s a tremendous amount of software for the holiday season — 160 games coming out on PS3 alone for this holiday, on top of the 200 games that have already been out there, so there’s more than enough great software for consumers to sink their teeth in for the holidays.
We’ve got 19 exclusives, and again, I think that’s something that’s a pretty amazing feat in the first year of a platform’s lifecycle. And they’re not just games that are exclusive for the sake of exclusivity, they’re games that are built and differentiated for the PS3 and just couldn’t be done on any other platform.”