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Blu-ray on PlayStation 4: An Introduction

It wasn't many years ago that doing much of anything besides playing a video game on a video game console was the norm. It wasn't even many more years ago that playing a game on anything but a cartridge was the norm. Ah, the good old days, when "gaming" was "gaming," when the sound of plastic cartridges slamming into a console was just as much music to the ears as were the low-tech 8-bit sound effects. It was a time when powering on the console immediately produced a system and studio logo followed by a minimum-options menu, not an update demand for a patch many, many times the size of an original Nintendo or Sega game. Times have most certainly changed. Now, power on a console and, if that update request isn't there, users are greeted by a variety of options, including music playback, web surfing, and any number of applications. Gone are those collectible cartridges, replaced with optical discs (which are themselves headed out the door, it would seem, considering the major digital push from platform holders and game makers alike) that hold significantly more data than those old clunky cartridges, particularly if they're on Blu-ray.

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