Bleszinski doesn't want discs on next-gen consoles

Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski has suggested that he doesn't want next-generation consoles to include support for optical media.

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Xwow20082278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

Not gonna happen...optical media will stay for a long time.

egidem2278d ago

Pretty much.

Bleszinski might be overlooking the fact that not everyone would probably afford or have the means to go completely digital.

Some people don't have access to a fast internet connection, some people have caps on theirs etc.

In my case it's far more practical/cheaper to take a 10 minute walk to the nearest EB Games, buy a game rather than spending significantly more time downloading it.

blumatt2278d ago

Optical media will be here for the PS4 and 720. I just hope they BOTH have Blu Ray this time so there's a level playing field and the developers won't have any excuses for not using the available disc space this time.

I'm sure the 720 will have Blu Ray this time though. It would be crazy not to. That would be like the Wii U coming out and not having Blu Ra.....oh. lol j/k All joking aside, I'm sure the 720 will have Blu Ray this time.

I still wonder if the PS4 will have some sort of new 4K Blu Ray discs that it will play.

sourav932278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

I agree. Have you seen the prices of full digital games? For example, I bought BF3 back in February for £30 brand new from Amazon. But on the PS Store, it is STILL £50.
I bought MW3 about 3 months ago for £25, though I still see a steep price of £45 on some high street retailers. But, on PS Store, the game costs, wait for it, £60! And that is without any DLC; just the game.
So, to sum up, optical/physical media isn't going anywhere for a long time.

Jazz41082278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

Thats the exact problem sony will face with Gaiki or however its spelled and onlive on its own.

Insomnia_842278d ago

Bleszinski can zack my Dikszinski. Speaking without thinking, he does that often.

DeadlyFire2278d ago

He only says this because Unreal Engine 4 might not be fully capable on the new consoles without a cloud service.

Am I right?

konnerbllb2278d ago

That's the dumbest thing I've read today. It's just an engine.

DeadlyFire2278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

Yeah, but Epic thinks the world revolves around their engine. What I am saying is that he is worried about it coming to consoles without the full ability like what can be present on the PC in 2013. Only way to counter that on a console would to have a quality Cloud service that could stream it at a higher resolution. That is likely what he wants anyway.

An example of this is Crytek. There 3rd build of their engine has been around for awhile and pretty much does everything Unreal Engine 4.0 does, but they have not shown it all off in a trailer yet.

ALLWRONG2278d ago

Already happening disc is losing the war. I like my game disc but throwing up your hands and saying "not gonna happen" is just denial. People just want to hold on to something, even if it's obsolete.

madjedi2278d ago

No they are right it is not going to happen this upcoming gen, optical media will be obsolete at some point, duh.

Look for a flash memory device/drive to be the "discs" in the ps5/xbox 4.

kwyjibo2278d ago

What a load of bull. Optical media won't stay for long, it might manage to get on next gen consoles, but it'll be way obsolete before that gen is out.

The vita finally got rid of optical media, pretty much all Apple products shun optical media and an increasing number of laptops are ignoring it too.

Here are the downsides of optical media - it's bulky, degrades easily, slow reads, no writes, requires intricate moving parts in the console.

Here are it's benefits - it's cheap.

Solid state memory will kill it dead.

RivetCityGhoul2278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

are you an idiot. you do realize that people have downloading caps on their internet services. Oh let me guess that somehow just gonna disappear. more & more companies are doing the whole cap services even now all phone companies are doing it. oh we must all be millionaires like who can just exceed cap limits and download so many GB worth of data in games. you haven't even takin into account that not all countries have any sort of decent internet services. consoles generations last every 7-8 yrs if you honestly think that somehow were just going to go digital in such a short amount time, then your delusional STFU

kwyjibo2278d ago

RivetCityGhoul, you asked me whether I was an idiot.

I am not an idiot.

I do not have to ask you, because I know you're an idiot. I did not mention digital distribution once. I mentioned flash memory, which will only continue to get cheaper.

Why did you reply to my post without even reading it?

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morkendo232278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

Bleszinski doesn't want discs on next-gen consoles

well, thats toooooo damn bad CLIFFY B not going to happen.
as XWOW said: optical media will be around a looooong time.

madjedi2278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

Yes and no, for movies/music yes, but for gaming rotational media needs to eventually die off at some point, because it is going to be slowing everything else down.

The 2 slowest devices, in gaming is typically the hdd and disc drive.

You figure the ps5 and xbox 4, will switch to solid state storage(ie flash cards/drives) for games, but maintain a disc drive for music/movies and maybe bc.

GuyManDude2278d ago

It could include a disc drive and still not use discs for games. A flash memory/solid state-type format would be great for games in terms of fast load times, better draw distance, no texture pop-in, etc. I just don't know how it would be feasible on a cost basis. A 20-40GB cartridge/card would cost a lot more than a blu-ray disc I would think.

The ultimate goal I can't wait for is games installed on a solid state drive. Having the entire game ready to be read off the drive instantly at any time...developers won't know what to do with themselves.

RmanX10002278d ago

I read the title and that was enough. NOT guna happen XD

Commando472278d ago

I believe in cloud gaming and downloadable games but what I don't believe in is removing the physical media drives from consoles. The huge reason being is that not every gamer in the world has a strong and stable internet connection, so just because they can't afford or simply dont have want to cast them out? Its strange because all the people who want to remove physical media from consoles never even bother to touch on that point.

Also a lot of people want to sell their physical copies which is something you cant really do with a digital copy.

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