Former PlayStation Head Jack Tretton Believes Sony Will Face Stiffer Competition with PS5 Compared to Last Generation
"They’ll be well-positioned. But I do think they’ll face exponentially more competition than they did the last time around."
As we near the leap to the next-generation of consoles, many are starting to theorize and estimate how the shift to next-gen might work out for major players like Sony and Microsoft. Recently, one former executive of PlayStation has given his own take on what he anticipates of the next-generation leap and more specifically what he thinks of Sony and the PS5.
In a new interview with Venture Beat, former President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America Jack Tretton was asked about Sony and how he thinks the company will do as it launches the PS5. Tretton stated that because the company did so well with the PS4, he thinks they’ll once again be set up for success with the PS5.
“I think they’re very well-positioned. The leader of the prior generation is always in a good position going into the new generation. From what I’ve read about the specs of PlayStation 5, it sounds impressive. Their business model obviously worked well for them the last time around, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to deviate from that,” Tretton said. However, he also added that he thinks this time around things will be a bit more competitive than before saying, “They’ll be well-positioned. But I do think they’ll face exponentially more competition than they did the last time around.”
Tretton continued on explaining what he meant further stating, “Microsoft should give them a better run for their money, and Stadia is a new wrinkle in the market that didn’t exist in 2013. Nintendo is more relevant this time around. It’s going to be a much more competitive market.”
“There are new players. But they’ve learned some valuable lessons in this generation. It should be great for everyone in the business, whether you’re a developer or a gamer. It’s going to keep everyone on their toes,” he ended.
You’d have to imagine that Tretton will end up being correct in his prediction once the PS5 finally releases. While added competition doesn’t necessarily mean that Sony will “lose” the hardware war once all is said and done next gen, it’s hard to deny that Microsoft and Nintendo are each in much better positions now than they both were when the PS4 arrived in 2013. Plus, as Tretton mentioned, Google’s streaming platform Stadia has the chance to make an entirely new impact on the industry when it ends up launching later this year. How that will affect traditional gaming has yet to really be seen.
There’s still a lot we have to see and learn about next-generation platforms like the PS5 and Microsoft’s next Xbox but that information should start to come about more over the next year or so. If we’re lucky, we may begin to learn more details about the next-generation of consoles next month during E3 2019.