Sony’s Scott Steinberg: no ‘senior citizen’ gaming happening here

Like your console gaming experiences hardcore, with nary a Wiimote in sight? The latest from SCEA’s Scott Steinberg ought to be music to your ears. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Steinberg addressed issues such as future plans for the PS3 and why Sony is uninterested in reeling in the “senior” demographic.

Direct from the interview:

“I think the notion of that controller is a non-trivial point that you’ve brought up, that control and that familiarity is like comfort food – from my perspective, we lead, we don’t follow,” he said. “And as a brand, Nintendo’s got their thing, and we’re not trying to get the senior citizen group to get into gaming, we’re looking to convert the PS2 owners and the tens of millions of installed base that were playing DVDs and playing games on their PS2, to now play Blu-ray movies and Blu-ray games with their PS3.”

I’m glad Nintendo’s doing what they’re doing, I really am. It’s been tremendously successful for them, and I also like the idea that my parents may come to understand a little of why gaming is so essential to me (and maybe come to like it themselves). On the other hand, I like gaming with a controller that I don’t have to wave my arms all over the place to use, and I like games that are directly marketed to me: a gamer that’s spent a long time gaming and can understand and enjoy more complex structures. It seems like there’s room for both.

Still, Sony earns some support from me by not being wavered by the tremendously successful business plan that Nintendo has in place. I hope sticking to their guns can earn them what they want in the long run. Is the Wii the way to go, or will you stick it out as Sony unveils their long term plan?

[Via GamesIndsutry.biz — Thanks, ActionBastard]

Colette Bennett