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Guess who's discovered the joys of Candy Crush -- ex-Sony chief Jack TrettonThe man who helped bring us the PlayStation 4 is now playing Candy Crush, Hay Day and Clash of Clans. Former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jack Tretton is trying to figure out his next step after leaving Sony in March. CNET's Ian Scherr sat down for...
[MUSIC] Well, it's been six months now, which is kinda surprising. It went by very quickly, but really tried to clear my head and figure out what I wanna do next. I I realize I don't think I'm completely ready to go and play golf. Full time, but I haven't really found something that I can completely sink my teeth into, something that I'm completely passionate about. So, one of the biggest crazes going through right now is VR, right? So, where do you think it's headed? I still think it has a little bit of a way to go. I do think it's gonna be evolutionary for gaming. I dont' know if it's gonna completely change the way people play games, but I do think it will add to that immersive nature. And will have a major impact on gaming. The toys to life thing is becoming huge, is it a flash in the pan? It's something that's always been appealing to me. One of the companies I had the opportunity to meet with recently was Anki Drive. The cool thing about Anki Drive is you're still using you know your Android or your smartphone. Or your tablet. But then you're physically looking at cars racing around the track. What's the best game you ever played? I used to love a game called Shoplifter on, on the Gameboy. And I played the heck out of that. And I tended to travel all the time, and I still do. So I'm not really a living room type gamer. I'm kind of an on-the-fly gamer. And I'd be lying to say I'm not addicted to to Supercell right now, with Clash of Clans. And you know, when my shield is up, and it's not a good time to go into battle, I go over to HayDay and I work on my crops over there, and then maybe I'll play a couple of levels of Candy Crush. And I never thought I would be saying that, even a year ago. What do you think of how Microsoft's doing right now? I think they've got a little bit of identity crisis going on right now. Although I think they've come out of it, but I don't know. That the average gamer is fully aware that you still hear a lot of people talking about their initial presentation for the Xbox One. And a lot of the confusion over digital rights management, ability to use used games and to have it on. And of course, they made, ultimately I think the right decision in all those areas, but because it was a departure form what they initially said that, that baggage. This tends to stick with you. What about Sony, how do you feel about how they're doing? Well, I mean, I think the Playstation 4 is a runaway success, and I'm very proud of what we were able to accomplish here, it was an amazing thing. I think one of the big challenges for Sony, and for the Playstation 4 is that it's a very expensive industry. You've got some real fierce competition, so I think. Keeping their eye on the prize and being focused on the crown jewel. Is gonna be the the smartest move from them. And I think anything that takes their focus off of that. Could ultimately leave the door open for competition. [MUSIC]