With Nintendo’s announcement of the Wii U at E3, and rumors of a potential Microsoft machine headed our way in 2013, you’d think that the folks over at Sony would be working long hours to make the next-gen PlayStation top-dog amongst competitors. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, according to comments made by PlayStation US boss Jack Tretton in a Forbes interview.
New products from competitors haven’t exactly spurred action out of the PlayStation team, and Tretton didn’t seem intimidated by his rivals in the least. He seemed specifically unimpressed with Nintendo’s Wii U. “I think there’s ground to be carved out for everybody, but I didn’t see anything about Nintendo’s announcement that said, ‘Oh, we’d better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon,’” said Tretton. “Our attitude is kind of ‘welcome to the party.’ If you’re looking at being a multimedia entertainment device, if you’re looking at high def gaming, that was 2006 for us.”
Tretton said that Sony will be focusing mostly on the PlayStation 3 and Vita for right now, adding that he believes the company’s current products are still on the cutting edge. “What we’ve seen from competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3,” said Tretton.
“We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we’ve got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn’t look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time.” Maybe even never, or at least not one that’s any better than the PlayStation 3. “PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride,” said Tretton. “And technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have.”