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Analyst: Next-Gen Consoles Won't Abandon Game Discs

Although the digital age continues to grow and expand, not everyone expects the new video game consoles to abandon physical media.

Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia told IndustryGamers that the next-generation systems are "likely to be primarily disc-based.

Furthermore, Sony boss Andrew House just recently said they're a long ways from delivering "top-end experiences" in purely digital format. EA COO Peter Moore was quoted as saying that his company might be the last to sell a disc-based game and by then, they'll be making "billions of dollars in digital." The bottom line is that despite some alarmist opinions, the discs are here to least for now and the foreseeable future.

It'll be interesting to see how the industry stands when the new PlayStation arrives, though. Things change awfully quickly.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, new playstation, next gen consoles

1/10/2012 8:34:21 PM John Shepard

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 12:18:24 PM

I feel like saying "no sh*t"... I'm not even a game analyst and I know that next gen cannot abandon disc based media. It would mean a lot of bad news for us people that still enjoy going to buy the game and wait in line. Kind of feels like a better experience that way, at least to me.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 1:29:25 PM

I for one like to see something in my hand when i spend my money but that could be more about my age as well though ;-)
I do still buy games and DLC from the PSN store but still like to buy my top games in disc format.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 2:02:03 PM

1. Too soon for PS4. Price got low enough two years ago for me to get a PS3, so it is still new to me.
What the heck happened to the 10 year life span.
It is really 5 years of great games, then the other 5 years are ports and crap kid and, movie tie-in games just what the PS2 is getting now if anything.

2. Not Abandoning Disc Games. Good Move.
I agree with djr4yman somewhat.
I don't like waiting in line, but I do feel more secure with physical media.
The worlds broadband infrastructure isn't ready yet.
In most cities, smaller ones in the US broadband isn't as fast, prevalent, and cheap. I've visted some places in other countries I can't even spell and they had cheaper and faster broadband than I do in OH and it wasn't a big city or province.
Right now I don't mind smaller downloads for PSN or PSP games, but Final Fantasy 17 on PS4 no way.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 3:50:44 PM

Yes we want backwards compaitbility. Why buy a new cosle and be stuck with old games thta cna't be played? or else constantly swapping out systems to play their games. Or Nintendo's d/l route, where we pay to rebuy these games, but lose our progress so far.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 5:13:30 PM

Well at least theyl all have Blue ray capacity so they dont have to cut half the content on multiplats.

Now unless we get multi terabytes drive readily available at a good price soon i dont see digital content becoming a reality. And the NA crappy big internet companies imposing download limit to all customer that are too lazy to look for independent ISP that offer unlimited internet.

Big North America ISP needs to get off their a$$ and upgrade their network to be at least on par with the rest of the modernized world and we also need new bigger hard drive before we can ditch physical media.

Plus, some collectors will always want physical media ^^

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 5:52:36 PM

Digital only gaming/movies is way off yet, there is no where near the required infrastructure to support such massive DLing. My last DLed gaming content was the Festival of Blood stuff for InFamous 2, those few gigs (just over 3 gigs) took me about 9 hours to DL, and I'm in a fairly large city (over 400,000)but the DL speeds can still be pretty crappy. I can hardly imagine what it would be like for gamers who are still limited to dial-up speeds (and I know a few who are) to go through a DL more then a few MBs let alone a few gigs...

The day gaming goes DL only is more than likely the day I stop buying games, I like to actually own what I play, not just "rent it" for as long as I can jump through the hoops...

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