Atari: Future Gaming Generations Won't Use Physical Media
When we were kids, we couldn't possibly conceive of playing against someone on the other side of the earth...in the same game at the same time. That was some kind of inconceivable wizardry to members of the Atari 2600 era. Now, former Sony executive and current Atari president Phil Harrison says the kiddies of today won't know what it's like to use discs to play games in the future.
It's a debate that has raged since the start of this new generation; one side claims the disc-based format - DVD and Blu-Ray - won't ever completely die, while the other side believes it's only a matter of time. In a recent interview with Edge, Harrison had this to say on the subject-
"...there's a generation of kids being born today and probably already alive who I'm pretty confident will never buy a physical media product. They will never buy a DVD, they will never buy a CD, and they will never buy a game in a box."
Because of this belief, Harrison and CEO David Gardner have already started preparing Atari for this evidently inevitable occurrence. Gardner has already gone on record saying he believes the future of Atari revolves around "online play and distribution," and that "within five years, 90% of our products will be online." To some of us, it's difficult to imagine that games like MGS4 and Killzone 2 could become digital downloads simply due to their massive size, but everything continues to advance. We keep moving forward, so perhaps it'll happen after all...the question is, do you want it to happen?
12/4/2008 John Shepard