Xbox boss praises outgoing PlayStation executive Jack Tretton

Phil Spencer says Tretton is a "strong leader" and a "true pro"; doesn't think he's taking a job at Microsoft anytime soon.

Xbox executive Phil Spencer has spoken out to commend PlayStation veteran Jack Tretton, who announced yesterday that he will leave his post as president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America on March 31.

"Jack Tretton has been a strong leader in our industry for many years. Good luck to him whatever he decides to do next," Spencer said on Twitter after the news broke. "I've only only known Jack for about a year but he's always been a true pro with me."

Tretton's forthcoming departure from PlayStation was a mutually agreed upon decision between himself and Sony, but it's unclear what the longtime PlayStation boss will do next. If he stays in the game industry, might he take a job at competitor Microsoft? Not likely, according to Spencer.

"I don't think Jack's next move will be here at Microsoft," Spencer said.

Tretton oversaw every major PlayStation product launch in the company's history, and leaves Sony after nearly two decades with the outfit. His replacement is Shawn Layden, who previously held the position of Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) VP and COO.

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53 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

That's a huge loss of institutional knowledge for Sony, but I'm sure there are other people lined up and waiting to take the reins.  No doubt that Sony will be fine.  Kudos to MS for their commendations to an industry titan.

anarchy1621
anarchy1621

Never hurts to see the opposition pay some respect to the other team. Don Mattrick got hardly a mention even from Microsoft themselves. That's pretty telling right there. 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Oh man, could you imagine how many secrets from his two decades at Sony he could take over to Microsoft?

There's nothing else for it, we'll have to kill him.

Syphon_Filter2
Syphon_Filter2

They all do the samething. Who pays more will get me!

MikeManiac61
MikeManiac61

Too bad the rabid fanboys can't get together like this.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Something you see working in the industry is this; professional respect between rival companies.

The hate and rivalry only comes from stupid fantrolls.

NTM23
NTM23

Awww, my stupid comment got erased.

lina_baby_doll
lina_baby_doll

It is always sad when rich people lose their jobs

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Shut up Spencer. We want you leave too. It would be better for everyone involved. Too many jackasses at Microsoft hurting the brand.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

well they do have phil harrison, you never know

adambomb007
adambomb007

he is super happy this guy is leaving. i would be singing his praises too now that hes gone.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

If the rumors are to be beleived, Sony is going to sell thier gaming division to Samsung...where did I see that link...

deathstream
deathstream

Sony is not having a good week.  Departures and rumors of infighting are not good stories.  At least they are getting it out of the way before the big Infamous push next week.

tommynj
tommynj

He should help show Nintendo how to launch a console or maybe I can see him work with Valve on the Steam box.

jeff_t97
jeff_t97

I say Sony should get trip hawkins so he could develop a game called 3DO's greatest hits for PS4

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

I know I am gonna piss off about every PS4 fan out there but M$ actually DOES need to hire him or someone like him because The One fans need a damn break from all this poop being tossed on their head by their own company.

Mind you looks like they are taking steps (AFTER 4 MONTHS) to fix things but still why not add some hope to that salve eh?

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Bet - in this climate - that you wouldn't see a Sony exec praising an outgoing MS exec..... -_-

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

notice how these bosses are not idiotic fanboys or their own consoles? yer so stop acting like dicks to justify your purchases people

northArrow
northArrow

Translation: The guy kicked our asses and we're glad to see him go

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@Warlord_Irochi  It's funny but i thought it would be kinda like anchor man fight between MS, Sony and the Nintendo. Then when i actually started working in the game industry seen that it is nothing like that. It's such a small industry that your really only 1-3 contacts away from anyone. 


So no animosity between employees at all. 

tigress666
tigress666

@Xx_DemonSoul_xX Hey, at least Mattrick is gone and is only influencing a company that I doubt any of us care if he ruins more, Zynga.

ShutUpFanboys
ShutUpFanboys

@Xx_DemonSoul_xX Shut Up Fanboy. "Too many jackasses at Microsoft" 


Spencer? what has he done? This overblown hate towards M$ all goes back to stupid Mattrick ("we have a product for that, it's called XBOX 360") and Orth ("Deal With It") - but they are both gone now. Yet because everyone wants to keep hating MS now everyone apparently is a "jackass" or in every article it's always "LIES" - you people are BRAINWASHED by public perception so bad you have BLOWN everything way out of proportion. Spencer hasn't done anything wrong.

AM-Gamer
AM-Gamer

Lol what has Sony said that's evil?

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

Oh god I hope not... it'll be the bloatstation in that case... full of useless Samsung apps.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

@deathstream It will be a 7, maybe a 7.5 tops. I'll still get it when the price drops.  Same with Titanfall.  Dark Souls II will keep me busy until then. 

tommynj
tommynj

@deathstream You act as if Infamous is even any good. The game is no different to the Prototype games which were really average at best.

bluefox755
bluefox755

@VakarianGirl  Why wouldn't they? They don't do it because they really care about the guy, they do it because it's good PR.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

@VakarianGirl  why wouldn't they most of the high ups in these companies are friends with one another >.> this is actually common for heads of competing businesses

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@C_A_G_E  then arrives the ouya employees, the former Saga console creators and the iphone app game developers along with nintendo, sony and microsoft.. 

cvantu
cvantu

@blackace @Xx_DemonSoul_xXyeah, Phil actually seems like a normal guy...someone you'd never realize was someone with money or a top person at a company the size of Microsoft. Yusuf on the other hand...wouldn't mind seeing him go.

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

@tommynj @deathstreamThe same can be said about Titanfall, as if its any different from any other generic shooter out their, Killzone 3's multiplayer had mechs you could get into, over hyped title again by Microsoft, I to am not fond of Infamous, never really got into it.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@wallacom @Kinguard73 Yeah but it be nice to see Microsoft grab some of their '360' pride back ya know? they really did a great job with 360 I would like to see One do better regardless of my preference for what they did to offend me ya know? for their fans they have left.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

@cvantu @blackace@Xx_DemonSoul_xXI third on that. Phil Spencer is respected throughout the gaming industry. He's the guy that would clean up his old boss Don Mattrick's mistakes. He's solid through and through and you'd hear that from game company executives, media outlets, and his competitors at Sony and Nintendo. His new boss Julie Larson-Green is about to take a new role now that Microsoft bought Nokia so with the shakeups going on above his head he's been the steady hand in the world of Xbox. If he was able to actually one day be in charge of the entire Devices Group (the department that Xbox falls under at Microsoft) they probably wouldn't have had nearly as many headaches with the Xbox One as they did when Don Mattrick was running it.

cvantu
cvantu

@DeanoFantasy @tommynj@deathstreamYeah, the only people who say that are the ones who have yet to play it or can't play it. 


Now, I had absolutely no excitement for Titanfall. I didn't watch a single video or read a single preview. I saw pictures of it and thought it was an over hyped EA game (and I hate Call of Duty - so Respawn didn't excite me either). However, the beta came out. It was a free to try game on my Xbox One. It was something new to play for the meantime. My opinion changed immensely after playing about 10 games (I don't like the FPS genre much either for lack of creativity within).


Titanfall is simply a blast. It's fast, it's fun, and it is a riot with friends. They solved a frequent problem in the FPS genre with the addition of bots. That being...the camping. You can no longer hide and sit around grass, trees, elevated areas, and shadowed areas, and just snipe the hell out of every one. The game forces you to move. The bots are not there to add a layer of challenge, hide the lack of amount of players, but there to give newer players a chance to help their team, and keep campers from just...well...camp. You camp, the bots will eventually start shooting in that area, and they give the camper's position away.


However, what made the game gel for me was realizing all the strategies that I can do in a single game. One of my favorite moments was wall running, then clinging to a wall, took out a pilot, saw that an enemy Titan passed by, so I leaped off the wall and onto the enemy Titan, and took it out. Another moment that was a favorite was inside my Titan battling an enemy Titan, but got out of my Titan, had it "protect/follow", wall jumped on top of a building, and additionally fought the enemy Titan with my AI Titan and myself (essentially doubling the attack against him).


The game allows you to get creative with your kills. It adds a ton of layers that you can mix up to create your own style of play. Generic it isn't. Like I said, the only people claiming it's a generic COD clone with mechs (Killzone has mechs comment was simply retarded vy the way) are those who haven't tried it and/or can't play it.

robertcain
robertcain

@deathstream @tommynj  Agreed! Prototype was just good mindless action but InFamous had a lot more thought mixed into the gameplay and story with it's karma system. I'm hoping the one found in Second Son will improve on InFamous 2's flawed mechanics.