THQ CEO: Future Consoles Will Ditch Physical Media
Like your game collection? Keep your discs all mint? Well, fortunately or unfortunately, you won't have to worry about that in the future.
THQ CEO Brian Farrell told GamesIndustry.biz that sooner or later, hardware manufacturers will abandon physical game media.
Instead, they'll use cloud computing; not ironically, Farrell was talking at this week's Cloud Gaming USA Conference. He says the disappearance of discs will save money throughout the industry; the hardware would be cheaper, and developers and publishers could entirely avoid the cost of producing, packaging and shipping. Now, the industry is shifting to a "games-as-a-service model where direct consumer feedback allows the ability to operate in this always on, always connected environment."
Still, he did admit that content matters most to consumers; how they get that content isn't quite as crucial. Finished Farrell:
"Technology alone will not give a clear benefit to the consumer. Cloud computing and data storage could potentially do a lot, but it's what we do with it as game designers and publishers that really matters most."
Yeah, well, I've said it before and I'll say it again: I want a tangible collection that I can see and touch. I don't want a bunch of digital files on a machine. Call me a dinosaur but that ain't a collection.
9/9/2011 8:42:25 PM John Shepard