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Nintendo 3DS, Just a ‘Babysitting Tool’ — Sony CEO

Written on April 11, 2011 by Chris Martin

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"It's a great babysitting tool, something young kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those." --- Sony CEO Jack Tretton

The flame wars have been fanned anew in the gaming industry, as CEO – – barks like crazy during an interview with Fortune Magazine. So who’s the victim? None other than Sony NGP’s nemesis, the . Pulling out all the stops when talking about the glasses-less 3D device, he simply puts down the 3DS as a cute “babysitting tool.” Round 1, FIGHT!

“Our view of the ‘Game Boy experience’ is that it’s a great babysitting tool, something young kids do on airplanes, but no self-respecting twenty-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those… He’s too old for that.”

Apparently, , another fierce Sony rival in the console wars, was not spared from the fiery tongue of Jack Tretton:

“They’re starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond… I mean, you’ve gotta be kidding me. Why would I buy a gaming system without a hard drive in it? How does this thing scale? Motion gaming is cute, but if I can only wave my arms six inches, how does this really feel like I’m doing true accurate motion gaming?”

The Sony PlayStation 3 still lags behind the Xbox 360 and the in terms of unit sales. But Jack Tretton shares his confidence that the will pick up the pace as the novelty of the and the will stumble eventually.

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