Jack Tretton, a former PlayStation president (then Sony Computer Entertainment America, or SCEA) from 2006 to 2014, has shared his fondest memory of one of Sony’s most successful consoles.
IGN reported the interview conducted by Axios with Tretton, who was indeed one of the heads of the PlayStation brand during a different era. (In fact, from 2011, his superior, Andrew House, who led Sony Computer Entertainment, had a completely different tone and style than the current head, Jim Ryan, who, by the way, has a hard time reading Japanese, while House speaks the language in a completely reasonable state. The difference is heaven and earth.)
So Tretton was very much in a winning position in June 2013. Microsoft had unveiled the Xbox One in May. Still, at that time, the Redmond company had a very different position: online login would be mandatory every 24 hours, used games would have to be permitted by the publisher/Microsoft, and the then Xbox CEO Don Mattrick was not very helpful to the “greens” (he specifically said that if you wanted an offline console, get the Xbox 360), and Kinect was forced onto the customers (which made the Xbox One 100 USD/EUR more expensive than the PlayStation 4 at launch in November 2013 – no comment needed).
PlayStation’s E3 2013 conference dealt Microsoft a series of blows (as it had a good deal of a foot in their anti-consumer policy), with House delivering the coup de grace when he revealed the price of the PlayStation 4. But it was not his favourite moment for Tretton (who was on stage touting the fact that they don’t need the internet, that you can easily play used use games and that you don’t have to have a camera). For the man who now works at Interactive Gaming Ventures (and is therefore also connected to Microsoft), his favourite moment was this 21-second video, which is still a cruel slap at Microsoft.
“I have a lot of friends at Microsoft now and had a lot of friends then, and I wasn’t necessarily looking to do it at their expense. I was just feeling really good about it,” Tretton said. In other words, it was nothing more than an opportunity to roast the opposition. He regretted the 3+-week-long outage for PlayStation Network when it was hacked in 2011 and believes Sony should have done more to boost the PlayStation Vita’s and the PlayStation VR’s sales.