Limbo Developer: New Consoles Need To Embrace Digital
The shift to digital entertainment seems to be inevitable, although analysts say it'll be a while before physical media disappears entirely.
Playdead (Limbo) boss Dino Patti believes the retail model for games "has always been and still is broken." In speaking at the GameCity6 festival, he says it's time that consoles "embrace the download space even more."
"From a developer's point of view... driving discs in a big van all over the world is really inefficient. I don't understand how anyone can make money out of this. Driving a truck to Japan just to get it delivered to people when they can download it from the net? Hopefully new consoles will embrace the download space even more."
Clearly, it's more efficient from a financial standpoint to distribute a game digitally. We know that. But there are benefits to the physical media option, which should be given their just due in our opinion. Patti admits that discs will still be around for quite some time, and he agreed with Sony boss Kaz Hirai that digital media won't take over the world in two or three years. But in the end, the direction may be clear...
Lastly, Patti had one final comment concerning current installation requirements for console games:
"All the new games today also need to be installed. Why did I get a console if the games need to be installed? That sucks. That's a PC. When it takes an hour to install Gran Turismo 5? I don't know. Obviously it improves performance, but they should be able to build consoles with better performance from the disc drive."
That much, I agree with. One of the many reasons I've preferred consoles in the past is because I could hit the power button and play. A lot of that immediate accessibility has started to slip this generation, what with installations and patches; previous hallmarks of the annoying PC gaming world.
Yes, our consoles are basically computers now, but I understand his point.
11/1/2011 9:47:21 AM Ben Dutka