Sony Will Not Abandon Physical Media For PlayStation 4
We heard whispers about the PlayStation 4 last year and those whispers will probably grow in volume and frequency this year, but have no fear, because it's still a ways off. Furthermore, despite the advent of digital distribution, it seems Sony is still planning to use discs for their new machine.
This according to a recent Play3 interview with Senior Vice President of Product Development at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Shuhei Yoshida. He says the big blockbuster titles will "continue to appear on a disc" and believes 100% digital distribution is a better fit for handhelds. Said Yoshida (forgive the broken translation):
"I think that digital content easier to portable devices like the PSP or the iPod fits. It's faster, easier and more convenient than a CD, and the volumes of data keep both in music and play in bounds."
He reminds us that these days, game developers often use the entire capacity of a 50GB Blu-Ray disc to produce their visions, which would result in unbearably long download times on the PS3. Obviously, as download speeds continue to get faster, this might not pose a problem in the coming generations but Sony isn't really counting on that. If they were, the PS4 would be completely digital like the PSP Go but it appears they have no intention of entirely abandoning physical media for their next console. This certainly comes as good news to those who have expressed great chagrin at the loss of discs, although you can bet that despite the complaints, digital distribution is here to stay.
1/4/2010 10:33:39 AM Ben Dutka