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How Mandatory Game Installations Will Work On PS4

Call it installation or call it caching, but the bottom line is that you will have to save large chunks of PlayStation 4 games to the system's hard drive. It's not an option. It's mandatory on Sony's next-gen system. Today, at a stylish waterfront hotel in New York City that's been taken over by Sony for all things PS4, the system's lead architect, Mark Cerny, explained just how these requirements work.

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GarrusVakarian1051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

Physical gaming ftw! No need to buy a new HDD for quite some time for me. Ill just delete the install data when im done with a certain game...then if i want to play it again i will just re install it and start playing while it is doing so. Nice.

slimeybrainboy1051d ago

I agree with Lukas Japdolski!!!

GarrusVakarian1051d ago

LOL, i think ill use that for my next PSN ID or gamertag if anything happens to my current one, if you don't mind XD.

darthv721051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

Why cant the ps4 just play from the disc?

edit...i guess it wasnt designed to do that. oh well. At least it will vary from title to title in regards to how long you wait to play after a game begins to install.

dantesparda1051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

You's make it sound like its no problem, no problem at all, when in reality is it, its gonna eat up the HDD way to quick. Heck even if they had included a 1TB HDD, i would still be concerned. They need to come up with a better solution than this im my opinion

Ju1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

There is no waiting with the disk version of a game. The game runs off the disk but installs in parallel during the first run. After that it runs from HDD. You won't need to wait. It's nothing like PS3. You wouldn't even notice it installs - until you run out of HDD space.

It differs from online, where you have to download a certain amount of the game.

Gridloc1050d ago

Ted would use Lukas Japdolbrewski....

ShinMaster1050d ago

@ dantesparda

After about 12 games maybe. But I don't think I'll be playing 12 major titles at the same time, back to back.

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CaddyLss1050d ago

@ EPiCDiNGO thats not the point. it doesnt matter if i can switch out the HDD in 2.5 secs. If im going to pay for a new system, 2 games, ps plus, warrenty, a extra controller, maybe the cam for the total exp of the ps4...You expect a bigger HDD.. I guess sony just wants us to drop a cool 9 bills for a complete game exp that will last us a solid of 7 years of gaming.. SMH dont even get me started on the no mp3 music on the ps4.. lol

rainslacker1050d ago

@Caddy

Or, you could do what you do on the PC, the X1, the 360, the Wii U, or the PS3, and just delete the installation files of games you don't play anymore.

From the looks of things, once the initial "cache" of the game is installed, you can start playing while the rest of it installs. It's not like now where you have to wait forever for it to install.

Unrelated to your post:

I do hope Sony offers the option in the future to auto-delete games which haven't been booted in a while. I'll likely be getting a larger hard disc though when the prices and sizes go up more.

MazzingerZ1050d ago

I agree as well but for some reason I get the feeling last gen and this one, many still don't know game data and save data are 2 different things, that you can save one without affecting the other

JackBNimble1050d ago

@Caddylss

500GB does seem kind of small when games are so big, but at least with the PS4 you have options to upgrade the hdd unlike the xboxone.

Being a PC gamer I have all my games installed on my hdd, and I prefer it that way. I am going to upgrade to the largest hdd that I can.

You can't be mad about having options.

Ju1050d ago

"You expect a bigger HDD"...why? $399...you'd expect more than 500Gigs...maybe your expectation is wrong here.

Boody-Bandit1050d ago

Cache on the fly is a lot better than waiting for a mandatory install.

From what was reported yesterday from RGN, the X1 requires a mandatory install for their games. If this turns out to be true I would much rather buy a game, put the disc in the console and go right to gaming over waiting for it to fully install before I can play it.

kreate1050d ago

again, its the same thing as the ps3's installs.
sure its mandatory with ps4 but its pretty much the same thing. not really news. stop recycling the same news that the ps3 already does and make it sound like its exclusive to ps4.

juggulator1050d ago

KZ Shadowfall is 45gb required HDD space. That's a huge didference from the 5mb that KZ3 required. Its obviously a sign of how huge the game may be but hopefully GG can minimize that load as they work more with the PS4.

dantesparda1049d ago

Im sorry but you fanboys are being stupid here. You's all know damn well that this is an issue, especially with all the free Plus games coming. The PS4's HDD is like 408Gb's after formatting and the system takes it reserves and with games being between 30-50GBs, its going to get filled up quick. I dont want to have to manage storage (at least not so quickly). I want to be able to have many games on it, not just a dozen. This is fanboyism gone bad. This is worst than a PS3 with a 320GB HDD, cuz at least on that you can put way more games on it than you can on the PS4's larger HDD, Im getting 3 (maybe 4) games and then there is Resogun, Contrast and all the the F2P games. There goes half the HDD right off the rip. And its only just begun

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Lunarassassin1051d ago

That's what i plan on doing. Just delete the game and not your save.
I don't see why people are upgrading their HDD when you can just delete the game and spend the saved money on more games!

GarrusVakarian1051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

Exactly. Spend a few minutes deleting some data or buy some new games. Easy choice. Unless you have a preposterous amount of games to juggle.

DonMingos1050d ago

People are upgrading HDD and allways will on ps4 because PS+ is to big, to fast, to strong, to good... (Stacey King style)

Underworld1050d ago

I don't like deleting and reinstalling. Plus, add on all the DLC and all the content from PS+, and it's not gonna take long to fill it up, even with deleteing some game installs.

badz1491050d ago

there should be 1 reason and 1 reason only that people are planning to upgrade their PS4's HDD is because PS+!

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aCasualGamer1051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

See, i'm a little pissed at Mark Cerny and Sony. What is it with these companies and their marketing? You can't say one thing, and then not deliver on it when people buy the products.

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If a PS4 user decides to download a game, they will have to wait longer to play. Cerny couldn't provide as narrow an estimate on how long a player who decided to download Knack would have to wait. That depends in large part on a user's Internet connection speed. Ideally, he said, they wouldn't have to wait more than >>>>> an hour <<<<<< before beginning to play the partially downloaded games. Other games may be set up differently, allowing users to start playing them sooner or requiring them to wait longer. With these kinds of download speeds and requirements, players may want to queue their PS4 downloads long before they want to start gaming or download in the background while doing something else. Or just drive to the store and get a disc.
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From Playstation Meeting, Mark Cerny: "PS4 has a secondary custom chip that manages uploads and downloads... and we're taking this further, digital games can be played even while they're being downloaded. When you purchase a digital title >>>>you download a fraction of the data and begin playing<<<<< the rest is being downloaded in the background as you continue to play."

Since when is an hour a fraction of the download time?

yellowgerbil1051d ago

an hour is a amazingly fast amount of time considering you are downloading nearly 50GB of data. I downloaded Hitman on PS+ it was 17gb, it took 11hrs to download the ENTIRE thing. So with my internet connection if I download knack the ENTIRE game would take like 24hrs to download. So the 1 hour fraction is incredibly convenient

aCasualGamer1051d ago

I'm really pissed. I mean, people aren't talking about these kinds of manipulative marketing when it comes to Sony, only to Microsoft.

I'm sick of all the fanboyism. It's right to Microsoft when they have shitty policies. I fully support that! BUT i also fully support any criticism against Sony for lying and making it seem PS4 is heaven on earth, when it's really not that innovative as we expected from Playstation Meeting. I mean, i remember going away from watching that meeting that i was going to get a true nextgen experience come launch. But now i don't think that it'll happen. It will just be a slightly upgraded PS3/PC with the only innovation being put in the hands of game developers.

Yes, it's amazing that Visual Concepts are pushing for nextgen experince... unlike other companies... but that shouldn't be it when purchasing $400 consoles.

Outside_ofthe_Box1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

Reading comprehension is your friend.

***"you download a fraction of the data and begin playing"***

Where in this line is download ***TIME*** even mentioned? The answer is that it isn't.

How quickly you get to play depends on how quickly you can download. This is how it's ALWAYS going to be when it come to downloads. If you have extremely slow internet don't expect to play your games within 5 minutes... Let's be real now, you can't expect to play a game with only 5 kilobytes worth of data.... lol

***"i also fully support any criticism against Sony for lying and making it seem PS4 is heaven on earth, when it's really not that innovative as we expected from Playstation Meeting."***

The "innovation" isn't how quickly you get to play, but rather how much you have to download before being able to playing instead of having to download the entire game before being able to play. No company can control how fast your internet is expect your internet provider. Either get on the phone and see if you can upgrade your service or simply get a better internet provider if you are unimpressed with your download speeds. Don't blame Sony or MS for your poor internet.

thehitman1050d ago

@aCasusalGamer

Not sure if you are genuinely mad or just trolling.. BUT ill give you the benefit of the doubt.

Try downloading anything off the internet from ANY server that is more then 1gb in size and see how long it takes. Then compare that to 30-50gb size games. I would probably never want to buy a digital copy this gen unless its lower than 10gb in size and its an arcade or psn only title. The time in which you can downloand and play is almost SOLELY based off your OWN connection speeds. Mark was just giving a ruff estimate. There is nothing deceitful in what Sony has done or claimed. In fact you can already do it on the ps3 its the SAMETHING!!! there are no smoke and mirrors like what MS does so please dont compare Sony to MS its pretty disrespectful.

aCasualGamer1050d ago

@outsidethebox

When did i mention my internet speed?

I simply said that saying "you only need to download a fraction of the download and start playing" is a bit misleading when you take into account what he said in this article, that it'll take minimum of an hour to start playing.

AN hour is alot. It's stupid beyond belief to even mention "you only have to download.... before you can play" when in reality it'll take an hour. It was said in a way that made it seem it was being able to give players instant game downloads.

And you need reading comprehension not me. I never said anything about internet speed. I personally have pretty good internet speeds on my wireless router.

Ju1050d ago

Excuse me...maybe you should respect physical boundaries and not accuse people of lying. It is physically impossible to "stream" 50GB of data in a way that you can start playing immediately. This quite a technical challenge and calling Sony liars is disrespectful. Some data simply must be available for a game to function (random access) and are simply not suited for "streaming" over the internet. Some games can be partitioned into levels and this can be loaded ahead and is the minimum of data the game needs to function. Over time this will hopefully be streamlined and optimized, but today, this size is ~7GB to begin with.

aCasualGamer1050d ago

@hitman

Why would you think i'm trolling? Is it because it's against Sony? Dude, lay off with the fanboy shit. I don't follow brands, in fact i've been a PS owner since i started gaming, i haven't bought an xbox. I've played many times on it but have never bought one.

Yes, i do believe it's deceitful to say it in a way that makes people think it will be fast to play downloadable games... but i don't thin an hour is fast. He probably should have mentioned that on the PS Meeting so people don't get confused later, like myself.

Yes, i believe it is deceitful. I really enjoyed and got excited during the PS Meeting. It was one of the features i was mostly looking forward to... you know since the PS4 is supposed to "simple, immediate... etc".

There was some magic after that meeting about the PS4 and how the user experience would be like. It's gone now. I don't feel a sense of excitement for the PS4 UI or the user experience. I only expect it to be like PS3, which is sad considering this is a new generation and i wanted something new. This goes hand in hand with my disappointment over the lack of "immediate" download and play from PSN store. But hey, if i'm the only one with balls enough to talk about it then so be it.

aCasualGamer1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

@ju

Listen, i'm not too familiar with the technical requirements for games to work, but i figured they would stream the first part of the game until the download was at a point where it could start playing from the HDD. But what can i say, it isn't the reality we'll see come 15th november. I guess i really did expect something "impossible" to be possible with a next generation console. Call it too high expectations if you want but it seemed like that was the least to expect during the meeting conference.

I'll never make that mistake ever again when it comes to Sony.

edit: And don't say i'm not understanding the physics of how large games are and how slow downloads really are... just watch Sonys trailer of the user interface and you tell me if that took a minimum of an hour or a couple of seconds(took him about 30 seconds to be exact) for the guy to download and start playing the multiplayer portion of Killzone Shadow Fall...

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

That's the magic i'm speaking of... the true PS4 user experience... not the "an hour to download and start playing" experience.

thehitman1050d ago

@ Casual

After reading your last two posts it seems you are confusing what this all is.

1) There is the installations that work when you buy a physical disc from a retailer. You put it in start it and it installs. The game can take probably 1-5minutes before you can play it while its still installing. It probably will be the same for xbox.

http://n4g.com/news/1391724...

This article for reference its not an hour if you bought the game from the store.

2) The hour Mark was talking about is when you start downloading the game from the PSN store as a digital game. That time is MUCH longer because the data rate is solely based off your connection. Data transfer speed of the internet is not as fast as a physical disc.

I hope that clears things up for you. If you still have problems then idk what to say to you or what you expect... and I would have to conclude you are really trolling or dumb.

Rhaigun1050d ago

I honestly don't know what you expected. How long do you think it takes to download games digitally on the PS3? Now consider the fact that games now are 10x that size. That fact that you can start playing within an hour, is amazing. By the point, you will have only downloaded something like 4% of the total game.

Outside_ofthe_Box1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

First off...

***"And you need reading comprehension not me. I never said anything about internet speed"***

Huh? Why'd you say this then?

***"Since when is an hour a fraction of the download time?"***

The amount of ***TIME*** it takes for you to download something depends on your internet speed, no?

The hour Cerny gave was an estimate based off what he thinks the average gamer's internet connection speed is. The faster your internet the less time you have to wait which is why I brought up internet speed. Your issue is the amount of time you have to wait, isn't? So if you want to decrease the time you have to wait then you have to increase the speed of your internet. That is why I made the suggestion...

***"It was said in a way that made it seem it was being able to give players instant game downloads."***

I'm sorry you got that impression, but that just isn't possible right now. Instant game downloads? How would that be possible without fast internet connection speed? Also note that he said "ideally you ***WOULDN'T*** have to wait more than an hour" So it's possible for you to have a waiting time of less than an hour... it isn't the minimum, but in actuality the average. So if your connection is indeed faster than average like you claimed then you'd be done well before an hour has passed assuming Cerny's estimate is accurate. So you're good to go and should have no worries...

Sevir1050d ago

Its a case by case basis with some of these games. also keep in mind that not all games will have this feature, and i suspect that open world games wont while more linear games will support this feature.

in reference to your complaint, what was said at the PS4 conference in feb, where a gamer can buy a game from the PS store Download a fraction of the game and play while the rest downloads, is not a lie, o far whats been documented out there so far is that most games in linear progression is able to execute and start playing after the user has downloaded 7gb of the digital title. Killzone Shadow Fall is confirmed as the first to have that small a requirement...

Now the caveat here, is how fast your connection is, It took me 6 hours to download Hitman Absolution on my connection and that was a 17gb game on PS3 from the PSN store... by comparison, Remember Me took me 1 hour and that game totaled in at 6.5gb.

You simply cant expect to beable to play a digital game immediately after you start a download, its far more technical. Cerny stating that it may take an hour for gamers is as rough as he can get. he's got no way give a precise response because Download speed is all based on the quality of your ISP's network and how much bandwidth they are willing to give you without capping and throttling you.

I think you should temper your expectations, In our current connected lives, ALL digital is still in its infancy and just not feasible, The world itself still isn't 100% on broadband, internet connections in first world countries are variables at best! You're ok with going physical!

rocky0475861050d ago

"That's the magic i'm speaking of... the true PS4 user experience... not the "an hour to download and start playing" experience." aCasualGamer

There's reality and then there's fantasy, what you want isn't in the realm of reality and has been explained to you a lot over the course of this post. I'm a bit late but I still thought I'd say this anyway. It's like getting angry at a TV show for showing someone traveling from America to Japan in 10 minutes!

It's a commercial to show off what the PS4 can do, time elapses will occur to show off what the system can do. So when he started the multiplayer download in the store then went back to Knack you have to assume SOME time went by before he could actually play it.

JackBNimble1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

"That depends in large part on a user's Internet connection speed. Ideally, he said, they wouldn't have to wait more than an hour before beginning to play the partially downloaded games. Other games may be set up differently, allowing users to start playing them sooner or requiring them to wait longer".

If this is a problem for you then buy the disc based game and play with in minutes.

EDIT: By the way , nowhere does he say minimum an hour.

Hicken1050d ago

Maybe you're not trolling, but you certainly are bitching about nothing.

Read it. Again. Whether it's physical or digital, you can play the game while it downloads/installs. Meaning you don't really have to wait forever to start playing.

Furthermore, a 1 hour download for the file size you're acquiring is damn good. Obviously, it's gonna depend on your internet connection, but grabbing 30+GB in an hour or so is impressive no matter how you slice it.

And you even twist your own words around:

"you download a fraction of the data and begin playing"

"Since when is an hour a fraction of the download time?"

You're pissed at Sony because your reading comprehension skills are lacking. Again, you may not be trolling, but if you calm your happy ass down and take the time to process the words in front of your eyes, you'd have your answers, and far less pointless anger.

AndrewLB1050d ago

You guys are hilarious! How the hell is it "disrespectful" to call out Sony on comments that were clearly meant to deceive?? You act as if Sony is your mother and someone just called her fat. LoL!

You guys need to understand that Sony lies, Microsoft Lies, and even your Mother lies. Heck, I just saw a great youtube video which clearly showed Obama lie 20+ times about us being able to keep our healthcare plans... period. Yet Just this last week 15 million Americans had their insurance canceled because for example my policy didn't have maternity and prenatal care. WTF"??

I respect the office but not the man. And he's a liar. Just like Sony in this instance. :)

aCasualGamer1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

@outsidethebox @rocky @hicken and others...

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

This is a video from a year back demonstrating how fast the downloads is through Gaikai... which Sony bought. It takes a couple of seconds before this man has booted up FIFA 12 from download.

I was expecting something like this because it was demonstrated to work in this trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

In conjunction with what Mark Cerny said about downloads only taking a fraction of what they used to take.

NOW... you can call me out and say "Hey, you had too much expectations, and that's not possible"

BUT! It's not like my argument was based on air. I actually made references to my claims by both Mark Cerny and Sony's marketing team.

So why are you attacking me for being mad at Sony for bringing me something less than what was advertised? I'm not attacking a brand nor am i a fanboy, but you guys act like i am.

I'm just trying to understand why "a fraction of the download" means "an hour" in general terms.

YES! I do understand that downloading 50GB of data takes ALOT of time. My internet speed is really good, i donwload 5GB in less than 50 minutes. My point isn't "hey if you have faster speeds you can download faster" DUH! My point is that they advertised it differently.

Now we can argue back and forth over this but that doesn't take anything away from my argument that THEY ADVERTISED IT THEMSELVES!!!! It was in their commercial, their conference speech and some unconfirmed gaikai tech demo video.... SOOOO, it's only natural to think that that's what the PS4 will be like.

Not enough... okey... here is another part from the PS Meeting explaining how Gaikai can make "Instant play" work for downloadable games on PS Store(ala the PS4 trailer i linked earlier).

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Starts at 2:30 into the video.

Please don't start saying "hey it's download speed that matters and nothing else". I UNDERSTAND that download speed is vital. But an hour and what they were advertising earlier, there is a difference there.

Call it high expectations or not, but you can't argue the fact that they did market it differently.

darthv721050d ago

Perhaps acasual is likening the download and play side to how you purchase a digital movie. There is a certain amount of data that is buffered before the movie plays but it usually starts playing within a couple of minutes.

i know a game can be much larger than a movie but the concept is still the same. so it should only take a couple of minutes to buffer a portion of the game data to allow the player to actually begin their game.

The player plays while the game continues to install/buffer.

What acasual seems rather vocal about is the percentage of the game data requirement will be roughly 7gb (as an example) for certain games and much smaller for others. Its that 7gb buffer having to fill up (install) before the game can even be started.

He isnt that far off base. Digital game should be like on demand instead of having to wait an hour (just for example) to begin play. obviously a physical game will let you start playing within minutes of putting the disc in. If they can refine their digital process to be 10 minutes from start of download to the game start process then we are talking.

i believe that IS what gaikai is touting as the future delivery system for PS digital games but it isnt ready.....yet.

JamieL1050d ago

Wow aCas, I guess no one here can see past there "Sony defense mechanisms. I understand what you are saying, ALL tech aside they did make it seem that it would be so much faster. They advertised it wrong, I don't know what else to call that but a lie. They made it seem like it’s would be this "super amazing NEW thing" and it is not. now everyone else is here calling you out when that is 100% true. It came off to me the same way, with the alien fast RAM and duel reading whatever’s, I thought it was about to do some amazing "NEW" stuff. Not the same old but a little better stuff. That’s how it’s been on this site since the announcement. The PS4 is just so far advanced for so cheap MS has no chance. All that from a company hanging by a thread. A little too good to be true? I don’t know but I do know that’s why they are so quick to discount your legitimate concern. Imagine if this was a MS problem, I don’t think they would be so understanding, and you’re not even a fanboy and they turn on you so fast.

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wsoutlaw871051d ago

10 minutes is way better than some of the installs this gen even though its over 30 gb. There new system is much better.

sypher1051d ago

He didn't say 10 minutes. He said 10s of seconds. You won't see an install bar or anything, the game will just play seamlessly. Doing the cache/install as you are playing in the background. That initial 10s of seconds you will be waiting is to load the initial boot for you to begin playing (menus etc)

:)

RedHawk021051d ago

I agree with you completely. Some games just don't need to always be on the hard drive.

JunkieJedi1051d ago

That's all very well and good - but it's when it comes to down to PlayStation Plus that things start to get a little more complicated than that when it comes to storage.

tanis_halfelven1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

Oh Dang Sony gives me too many free games! I Have no HD Space! :)

#PS4Problems

Jaqen_Hghar1050d ago

As long as you stay subbed (not sure why you wouldn't) you can redownload any games that have been free at any time during your subscription. A man just redownloaded Borderlands which had long been off the IGC.

Blaze9291051d ago

the fact that its mandatory installs on both PS4 and Xbox One lead me to believe both companies were planning similar ideas for DRM.

"The disc installation is required on PS4 because the console is not designed to read games off of discs. "

So pretty much, similar to MS's original XB1 approach, discs after their first use would not be needed anymore really. But obviously the backlash might have changed that for both companies.

If we see the return of online passes lol then well, i guess we know why.

Just a thought

darthv721051d ago

it does seem like both were on a similar path at least in regards to game installs.

Salooh1051d ago

I think they had a deal with specs but not in policies. Never saw sony being so greedy like MS except for online not being free any more. As for installs i think it's common sense to do the same thing since both are using the same Blue ray tech ...

XboxFun1050d ago

Very interesting thought Blaze. It does sound like both had the same ideas for games.

Of course one was a little bit better at hiding it than the other.

thehitman1050d ago

@ Blaze

In the article Mark Cerny explains the reason for it that developers didnt like the bottleck of the loading from the discs and the HDD was faster. However I still think there should always be an option and hopefully something is done about it later on in the generation. I normally dont come back to games after I finish beating them but I also dont like having to worry about clearing space all the time either. This maybe my biggest gripe with next-gen. I did buy a 1TB HD for my PC that I might end up swapping into my ps4 will see...

PsylentKiller1050d ago

Beat me to it. Sony had similar policies in place but the royal screw up by MS made them think twice. Although, I didn't see anything wrong with their idea of what the future of gaming should be like. It was their idea of how to execute that plan that I had a problem with.

Sevir1050d ago

If thats what you think then you are looking at a reason to drag them into MS's own pit falls,

Mark clearly stats the reason for this is because it was faster to read information from the HDD in comparison to the disc. Not because Sony was on a path to DRM but changed heart because MS came under fire!

The technology of streaming or reading from HDD has even been present on the 360 in which you can install a whole game to the HDD from the disc and have it read from the HDD. Its nothing foreign.

MS's plans for the xbox is their own plans, and you were very much ready to accept it and you were wishing the PS4 and Sony would follow suit!

doesnt make sense, They Announced the console in FEB 2013, and the opening of it was play games the way you enjoy them on PS3. but you'd miss that if you were looking for reasons to say Sony was up to no good.

rainslacker1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

And? That isn't the case. So what's your point?

The fact that it's mandatory installs on both PS4 and Xbox One lead me to believe that both companies looked for ways to improve game performance by using the much faster hard drive to store content. Optical media is painfully slow, particularly when it has to fill up 4-6 GB's of memory. Have fun with those loading screens without installing it.

Funny how what I was lead to believe and what you were lead to believe could both be right, however, in my case, I'm sure that at least the end result was correct.

Quite frankly, MS probably would have had mandatory installs regardless of their DRM policies for the same reason Cerny stated. Hell, most of the big AAA games nowadays don't even use the optical drive for data loading.

MarkusMcNugen1050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

BL3H. Sony is just like any other company and wants to make as much money as possible. They dont really care about gamers, they just put that facade on to trick you into thinking they care. Microsoft and Nintendo do the exact same thing too.

For all corporations its about the bottom line. Thats why they can spend insane amounts of money on R&D which will be recouped as long as the system sells decent and they arent losing a profit on every console sold.

Both Microsoft and Sony took this route which is why certain other aspects of the system seem to be drull. Namely the HDD. They are very cheap these days, but if that one item was going to put them in the red for every console sold, then they say screw it. The gamers can spend more money on another HDD, just as long as they are making a profit.

Think about it. This is the first time in the past two generations where the console isnt be sold at a loss at launch.

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ZBlacktt1051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

Comment sounds familiar, lol.

http://n4g.com/news/1388593...

GarrusVakarian1051d ago

*checks link*

First sentence is similar.

s8anicslayer1051d ago (Edited 1051d ago )

True, but a 2tb HD never hurt no one..;).

GarrusVakarian1051d ago

True, true. I guess i will have to get one at one point when i have a mass amount of games, but i think the standard 500GB will do me fine for a long time.

s8anicslayer1051d ago

Yeh but the size of these games are such a factor now, and 500gb is hardly enough.

AndrewLB1050d ago

Yea... $150 later. And you can't use an external, which sucks. It would be nice to be able to use a 3tb external 3.5" drive ($119 @ newegg) because it's much faster than laptop 2.5" drives. Guess that's a +1 for xbone.

Mosiac771051d ago

i don't mind not playing it from the disc. when you install it the system is quieter because the drive is not running. in my 360 i install all my games when i play it. Personally i think the system will last longer. it is easier to replace the hard drive if it goes bad vs the disc tray.

CaddyLss1050d ago

But what will you do when you D/L plus games that you like and want to keep. Mind you that i know theres enough GB for now.. But if this is going to be a 8 years system..Then 500GB is as much as a joke as 20gb system. (mind you that i share dlc with my gf and friend as they do with me) AH the waiting game here we go again.. hopefully sony doesnt take too long b4 they re-milk the gamers with a decent size HDD model.

showtimefolks1050d ago

So both consoles are taking the same route, great now one less issue fanboys will fight and argue over

Can't wait be gamers not fanboys

clouds51050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

Haha. N4G... Let me translate that.
"This sucks, but I'm so in love with Sony and PS4 that not even the fact that I have to install every game like on PC and juggling installations or invest money in a bigger harddrive right away can change my fanboyism.
I JUST TURN THIS INTO A GOOD THING IN MY HEAD."

sorry but everyone has to troll once in a while :-) People buy consoles over PC because they are easier to handle? These times are obviously over... And PC has still better graphics.

boneso821050d ago (Edited 1050d ago )

All of my comments have more agrees than disagrees yet I have recently lost a bubble? WTF?

Yet this troll above me has 5 bubbles! Who administrates this shit?