Sony: Gran Turismo 6 on smartphones would be "lousy"

SCEA CEO Jack Tretton says Sony wants to bring its games to smartphones and tablets, but only where it makes sense.

If Sony were to port Gran Turismo 6 to smartphones, the experience would be "lousy," SCEA CEO Jack Tretton has said. Speaking with AllThingsD, Tretton said Sony wants to bring its games to as many platforms as possible, but only where it makes sense.

"If gaming exists somewhere, we want PlayStation to be there," Tretton said. "So we’ll bring our games to smartphones and tablets, we’ll certainly make it available on competitive devices, we have our own smartphones and tablets. Anywhere the gamer is, we want to be."

However, Tretton acknowledged that there is a limitation to this vision.

"We can’t take Gran Turismo 6 and put it on a smartphone or a tablet. It’s just gonna be a lousy experience," Tretton said. "It’s not going to be what it is. Conversely, you can go out today and play Angry Birds on your PlayStation 3 and have a great time. I’m not sure why you’d want to do that, but you could.

"You can’t go playing Grand Theft Auto V on your smartphone or tablet. It’s easier to migrate up. I’ve seen some great videos on YouTube, but I don’t confuse them with Hollywood Oscar-winning hits," he added." That’s why you go to the movie theater, even though there’s something to be said for watching something on your smartphone. We call it 'good-enough gaming.'

Tretton continued his explanation using a wine metaphor.

"Your first wine tastes good, and you start drinking more of it. You go from white to red, and you go from $10 bottles to $50 bottles. Some people just stop at $10, but some people become wine aficionados and, all of a sudden, if it’s not Screaming Eagle, it’s not good enough," he said. "People don’t drink Screaming Eagle because it’s $800 and they want to throw away $790. They perceive that that’s a much better wine than the $10 bottle. Smartphone gaming might be good enough for somebody. For other people, they find themselves wanting more, and they’re looking for better controls, more technology and a more immersive experience."

Gran Turismo 6 will be released exclusively on PlayStation 3 on December 6. Polyphony Digital producer Kazunori Yamauchi said in September that Gran Turismo 7 will be released on PlayStation 4 in "a year or two," though this game has yet to be announced.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Aaron3691
Aaron3691

Most smartphone games are there to pass the time more than anything...

Saying that, I just couldn't put crash bandicoot down on my Xperia play

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

I agree it would be lousy like every other racing game and most other games on touch screen.

noandno
noandno

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Yes, please keep GT6 from being just another crap touch screen game. 

A-Typing-Llama
A-Typing-Llama

'Tretton continued his explanation using a wine metaphor.'

Yeah, I think he over did it on the metaphors....

Osiris11235
Osiris11235

He's almost making an argument against having GT on the Vita (which would be a bad one since it's already there), since the Vita doesn't have as much "technology and a more immersive experience" than a PS3.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Real Racing it's way better than Gran Turismo.

hadlee73
hadlee73

"... you can go out today and play Angry Birds on your PlayStation 3 and have a great time. I’m not sure why you’d want to do that, but you could." That's one of his best quotes all year :P

Kjranu
Kjranu

No shit Sherlock but I'd love to see them optimize for a super-powered tablet like the Surface 2 or maybe their line of Xperia tablets. There should be a gaming-focused tablet and I think that would seriously breathe new life into the tablet market that Tim Cook even couldn't. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

Good games don't belong on mobile phones anyway. 

Granatar
Granatar

Ok I do play angry birds on my console because I can gather my kids around the TV and pass around the controller and see how well each of us can score.  I could do that with my smartphone but we don't get to laugh at all the crazy shots.  

As far as GT6 being on the smartphone, yea it's ridiculous, but Sony could make a GT game that gives a smartphone realistic driving experience they can be played while waiting for the bus.  I doubt they will as they still have the Vita and try can use the GT name to push that system.  

erani_1111
erani_1111

Some say that the $1 / free gaming approach in the smartphones / tablets is the future and consoles are dying. Well, I'm hardly impressed by what these platforms and this business approach has to offer so far. Poor gaming experience which takes the industry like 20 years back in time in terms of graphics, experience and everything.  You just can't cover these productions done in the big games with this business approach, so you make far worse games and invest less.

So it could've been nice to be able to pay $1 instead of 60$ for a great game, but I don't think this will yield good games. I'm willing to pay whatever it takes to keep the gaming as it is. I feel that the way it is now is a healthy situation, as you can see by the many awesome console games released in the last 2 years, despite the smartphones out there.

shreddyz
shreddyz

LOL @ gaming on a phone. I mean they're ok for fruit ninja and apps like that but there's gaming and then there's fiddling with a cell phone.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Finally some said what I have been thinking all this time, Angry Birds on console, why would you want to do that? There are more fools in this world than we realize. $50 for a touch screen game on a console with controllers and people go out and buy it when on their phones they can get it for free.  Yikes! Disposable income and disposable grey matter to boot.  Mobile games are mobile games and some are nice but the cool RPG type games always make you beg for a controller. Has anyone played Avabel Online, fully and online only touchscreen game it's fun and smacks most of the consoles RPG around in playability and accessibility, it's short on story since I don't think it has one. I just came for the kills and weapon finds, buying and selling and upgrading then going back out and smashing more monsters. Funny thing is there are usually loads of people on a single server so it's a bit like DCU allowing team ups on especially hard mid bosses. Fun game but it makes you wish you had a physical controller in your hand. It's still fun touchscreen but a physical controller would definitely make the experience better.

No matter what mobile games are largely disposable and can be played in short bursts, which is their general use. They are fine in that regard, but continuous gameplay for hours on end, best get a console or something dedicated.

BoozerX
BoozerX

Preach the gospel, son,

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Clearly Sony knows what the word lousy means - since that's the scores of their ps4 launch titles.

megakick
megakick

Sony knows that if they released exclusives on smartphones there would be smaller PS4 sales....

Lsnake
Lsnake

" Smartphone gaming might be good enough for somebody. For other people, they find themselves wanting more, and they’re looking for better controls, more technology and a more immersive experience."

BINGO. And that is why I am a console gamer. That is why I invested in a surround system with a 50" TV and currently planning on upgrading. I have livingroom perfectly set up for big-screen gaming with great graphics, sound and the best possible control I can have.

No swiping at a 4 inch screen playing endless amounts of temple run clones. 

Fabian85
Fabian85

"Sony want to bring its games to as many platforms as possible, but only where it makes sense". ahahaha no, thats the biggest lie ever.

ptaylorla
ptaylorla

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Fabian85
Fabian85

Yes would be lousy. but also making a game exclusive for ps3 hardware would make it pretty lousy also,

ajaychitown
ajaychitown

I love Sonys us against them mentality when it comes to the mobile gaming, and they are right. Some games just aren't meant to be played on a phone or tablet. I have almost 700 games on my itunes between iphone and ipad and can honestly say there is some great small games there. But none can ever come close to playing a real video game on a console with a controller.

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

If anybody buys Angry Birds for $50 on a console you deserve to stub your toe really really hard

wexorian
wexorian

and somebody asked Gran tourismo for phones?

UnstoppableKARL
UnstoppableKARL

You must have the brain of a rock, combined with the forward-thinking mentality of a backwards-only walking turtle if you want something as grand as GT6 on your phone.

Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

Dude knows what he's talking about.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

"We can’t take Gran Turismo 6 and put it on a smartphone or a tablet. It’s just gonna be a lousy experience," Tretton said. "It’s not going to be what it is. Conversely, you can go out today and play Angry Birds on your PlayStation 3 and have a great time. I’m not sure why you’d want to do that, but you could."

I agree with him here, :P

haze0986
haze0986

im a sony fan but they should really focus on other things than tablets and phones, gaming on either is horrid to me, touch screen controls are the worst especially the touch analog stick!!!

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

@Diegoctba Agreed. GT6 won't be lousy on smartphones...it's already looking quite lousy sadly.

josh7845
josh7845

@soulless4now Angry Birds is good. Cut the Rope is good. Fruit Ninja is good. Snake is good. Tetris is good. They may not contain the same level of complexity as games on more powerful systems, but that doesn't in anyway mean that they're bad. 

Kjranu
Kjranu

@erani_1111 I haven't bought a single tablet/smartphone game and I've owned a smartphone since 2010 and a tablet just this year. I don't think tablet/smartphone games are worth one cent. Halo: Spartan Assault is a step in the right direction but we've still got a long way to go. 

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@daikkenaurora12  

They didn't want to launch on a console with a user base of 100,000. They wanted a user base of 80,000,000. I don't think "everyone totally would totally buy totally a P-totally-S-totally4 totally for totally Gran totally Turismo... totally". And you never play your best card on the first hand. 

megakick
megakick

@shreddyz PS4 is basically a IOS gaming machine... APU? Crap OS, No Kinect, bad network and 1080p? What a joke.... Doesn't Sony know that you can connect your console to a PC monitor. Back in the day all the hardcore gamers would connect their consoles to CRT monitors better refresh rate.... 1080p with 60mhz on a big screen is pretty crappy.... PS4 already has a bunch of IOS games on it's launch, expect more.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@Sevenizz  

When have launch titles EVER been stellar? You're not going to release a game at launch when only 100,000 people have bought the console. 

AdderD
AdderD

@Sevenizz And the Xbox One launch titles are so much better?

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@MapleLeafKush But it's the REAL NEXT-GEN EXPERIENCE! The "ultimate realism" which M$ was talking about.

krystyla
krystyla

@MapleLeafKush friend of mine broke her toe mutlifragmentaly that way

snaketus
snaketus

@CaptainHerlock @Sevenizz Yep, and I thought Killzone: Shadow Fall got decent reviews, it was only 7 just here in this site, and here 7 is good. And not to forget it was Kevin V. review so it's plus 1 at least if you like first person shooters.

BradBurns
BradBurns

@snaketus @CaptainHerlock @Sevenizz 

Shadow Fall is not exactly groundbreaking but it's certainly not lousy. Most reviewers found it to be a good game.

I haven't played it just yet but I can't wait to jump into the multiplayer when I get my hands on a PS4.