Speaking recently with GamesIndustry, former Sony Computer Entertainment America boss Jack Tretton spoke of his future plans, and how he is broadening his horizons beyond consoles.
Tretton was with the Playstation business in the US for every major console launch, before departing from SCEA in early April this year. He does still believe console gaming is alive and well, despite the growing mediums in which we play games.
“I’ve spent my entire career with consoles and I’ve been told since the beginning that the console was going away and it would be replaced by something; it was the PC early on and most recently smartphones and tablets. I think there’s always going to be a place for a console type of device in the living room,” he said.
He doesn’t however necessarily believe ‘videogame streaming’ is quite ready for mainstream.
Tretton acknowledges that the console could be changing with the rise of the cloud, and PlayStation Now could be a big factor for Sony. But also says he believes cloud gaming isn’t quite ready for prime time.
He explained that a PlayStation service like Netflix streaming is “certainly possible” in the future but “right now I think cloud technology is a little bit limited to do that as effectively as a console does.”
“It comes down to is it more effective to do that in a one-to-one relationship with the individual console in the home or a bunch of servers that are streaming it somewhere on a server farm?” asks Tretton.