Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton has admitted that Sony is disappointed with the sales figures for the PlayStation 3’s first year on the market. In an interview with MSNBC, Tretton discussed the PS3’s failure to meet with their hopes.
Tretton stated that “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.”
Despite early low sales figures, recent price drops have increased PS3 sales considerably, and with upcoming titles like Metal Gear Solid 4, Sony should have a significantly better year in 2008. We’ll have to wait and see if the PS3 performs to everyone’s expectations.