Sony: Digital To Replace Disc Format
The future of gaming may hold drastic changes compared to what we've grown accustomed to, if Sony is to be believed about the eventual format change.
SCEE president David Reeves has said that the future of gaming will center on digital downloads; ala the PlayStation Network and Store. In speaking at a developer conference in London, Reeves cited recent statistics that showed about 40% of PlayStation 3 users have downloaded games already. And here's what he told MCV UK:
"The key to the future is the PlayStation Network, Games put straight onto PSN are the big opportunity. We do believe that the disc-based delivery system will fall as the power of the network base rises. At the same time, the overall industry growth will continue to go upwards as we push out into emerging markets. What we dont see is an overall decline in the market. This is a golden era of video games."
Some may wonder at this, finding it nigh-on impossible to deliver a game like Grand Theft Auto IV or Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots digitally. Sure, it might take a zillion years to download such a game now, but look how far we've already come. Can you imagine doing anything on a 24k modem connection anymore? What about when early, so-called advanced computers held less RAM than a standard TI calculator today? Perhaps delivery speeds will increase as well (in fact, they almost definitely will), but will the disc format really disappear? We find that hard to believe, but we can't predict the future...
6/20/2008 Ben Dutka