Sony: Every PS4 Game Will Be Available As A Digital Download
The digital revolution is upon us. It's evident with the PlayStation Vita and it'll be even more evident when the PlayStation 4 arrives later this year.
In talking to The Guardian about why Sony didn't show the actual PS4 console at last week's PlayStation Meeting, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that every title for their new machine will be available digitally. This is how they approach PlayStation Vita software, by the way.
"We're shifting our platform more and more to the digital side--PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc. The Witness will be a digital release and because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models."
Those hoping physical media never dies may be discouraged at the wording there. It clearly implies that while all games will be available digitally, not all games will be put on a Blu-Ray disc. And as more services and more content become available in the downloadable world, Yoshida said this could result in different options and packages:
"As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we'll have more of an option to create attractive packages. So hypothetically we can look at different models--like a cable TV company.
We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content--especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available," he added. "With one subscription you have access to thousands of games--that's our dream."
Yes, digital will soon rule. Unfortunately.
2/25/2013 11:04:08 AM Ben Dutka