Thu, Jul 09, 2009 | 18:47 BST
Tretton hopes fiscal 2009 is better for PS3 than 2008
Sony’s Jack Tretton has said that he hopes sales of PS3 are better in fiscal 2009 and 2010 compared to fiscal 2008.
“Hopefully last year is as bad as it gets,” he told Fast Company. “I think all indicators are that 2009 is going better than 2008. In 2008, we had a 38 percent increase in sales and we hit our ten million units worldwide goal for PS3 sales… At the worst possible time, if you’re hitting numbers and delivering success… my hope is that as our production efficiencies improve and more great games come to market, the horizon has got to be better for 2009 and 2010.
“It’s like being out there in a storm – it does cause you to question your conviction, and tie yourself to the mast and weather the storm. We have hit a very challenging period of trying to sell future technology, a high-end device, but is on the high-end retail pricing spectrum, at a time when people’s disposable income is limited. But I think the fact we were successful in that says people are getting the message, that you get tremendous value when you buy a PlayStation product.
“Yes, there are cheaper machines out there, but not ones that deliver the degree of value for the money that ours does.”