For his keynote presentation at Cloud Gaming USA in San Jose, THQ CEO Brian Farrell spoke of the various opportunities that come with gaming in the cloud and what that could mean for THQ.
Farral predicts that future consoles won't have disc drives, hypothesising that this "will result in a lower cost for the hardware manufacturer, which will result in a lower cost to consumers and therefore a lower entry point, thus driving more mass market adoption."
However, there is a major problem with the removal of a physical disk and drive, especially in countries like South Africa (SA).This is due to the need of a constant internet connection in order to access the software and files. 3G internet in SA could solve this, but it's still going to cost the consumer money (or precious cap). A physical disk and disk drive is needed in countries that do not have the comfort of having a permanent ADSL, 3G or broadband connection.