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PS4: Sony Sees a Disc-Based Future

Sony's Jim Ryan has told IGN that Blu-Ray discs will still be the PlayStation 4's dominant delivery mechanism for games, despite a wider move towards a more connected console. (Blu-ray, PS3, PS4)

Nyxus  +   1010d ago
Good, regardless of internet connection and practicality, I just prefer to buy physical copies.
deep_fried_bum_cake  +   1010d ago
Yeah there's nothing better than the feeling of actually owning something. The slightest issue on either your side or the company's could lead to you losing digital stuff.

I buy everything that I want in physical form, be it games, music or books.
Cam977  +   1010d ago
I heard about Ps4 not supporting PS3 digital games and it left a bitter taste in my mouth. Although my digital collection consists of no more than 5 games, it is still a huge waste of money when my ps3 breaks or I get rid of it.
Persistantthug  +   1010d ago
@Cam977......It's true that without a Cell Processor, it's practically impossible for the PS4 to
play PS3 downloadable games on a hardware level, but there's still GAIKAI, and it's very possible that you'll get access to most of the downloadable games you've purchased ( like JOURNEY ) at no additional cost.
Even though this feature hasn't been officially announced, I believe it will happen.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1010d ago
Sony were one of the big supporters of blu-ray so I'm not surprised that they are gonna continue to support it on the PS4... And like a couple here have said, I like the convenience of sometimes buying the physical copy to the download version.
SolidStoner  +   1010d ago
and its a really good news! I just cant afford to buy all new games, sometimes I need to sell them or buy used... and thats a good thing for everyone in the end.. (even if there will be a small price for 2nd owners)..
Shinekami  +   1010d ago
Physical discs forever!
DaThreats  +   1010d ago
Retailers will always be in support of them.
dalibor  +   1010d ago
It's better this way as it generates more businesses overall and we, the people need jobs. I think having physical and downloadable is the way to go. I at times like to download a game and other times I just buy the disc.
sobekflakmonkey  +   1010d ago
I download the indie games, because I can't usually buy them in stores, but every store released game for consoles I usually just buy in stores.
MadMen  +   1010d ago
Then SONY is incorrect - the other 99% of the industry says they are incorrect.

Disc will be needed in some capacity however not in the form SONY thinks.

Also I love having it in my hands much more so than digital but no doubt digital will become the main source of games in the future regardless if SONY fights it or not.
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Tiqila  +   1010d ago
they dont fight, they support
MadMen  +   1010d ago
Riderz1337  +   1010d ago
I'm part of the 1%.

Long live play.
Jek_Porkins  +   1010d ago
If they see a disc based future, why are they making such a push for digital content? They didn't even announce until after the reveal that the PS4 would have a Blu Ray player.

They obviously spent a lot of money purchasing a company that streams disc free. They released the PSPGO and offer digital games with PS+.

I love disc based media, but I think this is just them trying to convince consumers, but I wish it were true.
C-Thunder  +   1010d ago

Digital only won't take off until a vast majority of people have a good enough connection to dowlnoad a 50-100+ gig game in a reasonable amount of time. Even with the ability to start playing upon download, I wouldn't want to have to wait hours for my download to finish.

Besides, who wouldn't want a physical copy, I'd hate to miss out on that new game smell :)

We're in for a mixed future for a long time.
Jek_Porkins  +   1010d ago
I want physical games, I hate digital content because you never actually own the game that way.
I just said I don't believe Sony is truly thinking that way.

If they thought disc was the future why make the PSPGO?

I only have a 150 gig a month bandwidth, so I'd be totally screwed if a console maker went digital only.
vividi  +   1010d ago
I think the pspgo was to test the waters and they realize that the disc market is the present and the near future
Viper7  +   1010d ago

Have you bought anything from GoodOldGames? They sell digital titles that you actually own after you buy them.

Their DRM free games can be stored in to any media you wish for and even shared with friends (although I'd advice against it as the games fairly cheap there anyways, and this is something worth supporting)
NotSoSilentBob  +   1010d ago
@ Viper7

You never actually own digital software. You pay to access it. If you read any EULA you will know you never own any software but have paid a "1 time rental fee". And this software may not be transferred without consent of the owner.

What that means in laments terms is you don't own access to software, you are renting. If you want to trade a game in you're suppose to have written consent. Everytime I have called to have a computer based program transferred(Quickbooks 2008) I have been denied the right to transfer and am stuck with a 200$ paperweight cd.
tweet75  +   1010d ago
would it be such a big deal to make it backwards compatible at least one generation back to play ps3 games?
Knight_Crawler  +   1010d ago
If you are talking about the PS4 then its a big deal because Sony is not using the the CELL chip in the PS4.

Long story short unless you are willing to pay $600 for a launch console then I would not ask Sony add BC to the PS4.

it would probably be cheaper to buy a PS4 and a PS3.

The PS4 will be able to play PS3 games but only digital which means that you will have to re-buy the PS3 games.
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jerethdagryphon  +   1010d ago
ps4 gddr5 ram/amd fusion cpu/gpu

ps3 256 xdr ram/256 gddr3 ram nvidia based gpu/ cell cpu

the cell is an in order processor for a start which makes it great at somethings bad at others, but ram cpu gpu are all far too different to work

they would have to put all of that in there for back compat to work

for ps2 on ps3 they had cpu/gpu and pointed it atr the ram pool which was close enough

the ps3s ram ran at spu speed or 3.2 ghz ps4 cpu is running at 2ghz ish simply cant be done as it stands theyd have to be ported which would be costly
Kingthrash360  +   1010d ago
I think they will figure it out and somehow make gaikei give you your digital titles back as a free stream.... if not I doubt i would buy anymore digital games.
morkendo23  +   1010d ago
who want digital content only??? not me. physical media is only way to go.
Grimhammer00  +   1010d ago
Until Internet providers universally make a contract with game/entertainment makers like Sony or MS....all digital future will not happen.

Many markets in places you'd think would be totally covered, still have bandwidth caps and infrastructures that can't handle downloads at 20gbs let alone 50 gb's like the new blurays in ps4/720.
Grimhammer00  +   1010d ago
Agreed kingthrash.

If I don't get some free system for my digital stuff....I won't ever buy digital again.

And that's another reason digital future is going to be difficult. Devs will have to create new games of existing ips. Rather than releasing modified remixes of last gen digital games. I'm not buying journey again with only a new lick of paint!
abzdine  +   1010d ago
it's always better to have both.
isa_scout  +   1010d ago
Thank God, I have high speed internet,but there's nothing better than physical copies. I remember when my 1st 360 broke, and I lost ninja turtles re-shelled, well I called MS, and guess what... they had taken ninja turtles off XBLA due to Ubisoft losing the license so I couldn't get it back. Man I was pissed. What am I talkin about I'm still pissed; I actually would like to play it now that I brought it up...Damn
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Rageanitus  +   1010d ago
It is a catch 22 situation.

For PC gaming I much prefer DD now, since Steam has allowed you to keep your games so you can go back to your old games in case you get a new pc gaming rig. It just does not make sense to own a copy IMO for pc gaming.

For consoles it is it just seems better because you are locked down to the console itself and in the case of PS3 its limited downloads. There is simply no guarantee that the games you downloaded will run on the generations to come. If they did it like the pc method im sure disc based games will die quickly.
tweet75  +   1010d ago
digital content should be owned by you and playable on generations to consoles just like pc games you can still play games all the way back to early dos 30 years ago on your pc. If sony is smart they will do this with psn too at least through cloud streaming
ILLINOIS  +   1010d ago
I wish Sony would allow us with good internet to stream games. Let those without buy a disc but let us stream for a cheaper price. Streaming is the best way to go. Disc and downloading should be a memory. Do you really think they bought Gaikai for $350 million not to stream eventually?
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