According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony considered making a download only next-gen console but stuck to optical drives.
Download only? Thank god they didn't do that, Sony wouldn't of lasted long at all with that plan. E3 Team Xbox.
What's the point in download only when you can have both? Bluray is still a great format for HD content and when it can double as a BR player in the living room it is an advantage.
How big of an advantage could it be if they considered leaving it out. There has been so much information saying that blu-ray is a niche product and people have ignored it. Blu-ray is popular with PS3 fans and not too many others.
has the ability to change perception of a situation. A good example would be the iphone. Not the greatest phone ever made but it represents a change in the culture of cell phones and what you can do with them. Honestly, up until its release the idea of phones doing similar things that pc could was 'almost' unheard of. Yes there was internet on cell phones but it paled in comparison. iphone showed a convergence in portable media coupled with cell phones and internet and entertainment in the palm of your hand. Other companies tried before (RIM, MS) but why was it apple that all of a sudden made it the cool thing to do? Sony and their brand recognition could have had the same effect in the way we played games. Perhaps it just needs the right company to back the idea and then everyone will suddenly be ok with the idea. Let that company sort out the technical issues and be confident that things get better with time. There have been many ideas that were too ahead of their time and failed to catch on but some had the luck of coming back around again and succeeding.
@dcbronco What are you talking about? Shops like HMV and supermarkets Blu-ray titles take up about a third if not more of the areas that used to be DVD only, I don't know a single person that has purchased a DVD player in years and most people I know now own a Blu-ray player. Edit: @dcbronco. I noticed you live in the US so I'm not sure it’s the same over there. In Europe it seems to sell very well.
Wow! I'm really glad McDonald fries are staying how they are! Team Burger King (@ Fast Food Conference) ^Will totally not give people the wrong idea and make yourself look like and idiot. /sarcasm - | - I know that most people probably didn't immediately assume you were trolling (which you weren't) But if every time you say anything and you feel like you have to put, "E3 Team Xbox." and the end, everyone is going to hate on you regardless of anything else you said previous to it.
@dcbronco Hollywood supports bluray. you cant go to any store (big or even small), without seeing blu-ray movies. in fact, im started to see a rise in old movies being repackaged to blurays. when I saw some old favorites (i thought would never see a bluray release) but actually had bluray releases. Ms supports bluray as it was one of their selling points for window pcs and laptops.
I'd prefer "both," like PS3 is currently. The Blu Ray technology is still relevant today. @dcbronco I dunno about you, but every time I go to a store where Blu Ray is purchased, I see at least one or two people buying Blu Ray players, and I see even more buy Blu Ray movies/media. Blu Ray is still a good investment not just on Sony's end, but on ours, too. And it will stay that way until HD is worn out as a marketing strategy.
dcbronco how can you say blue ray is only popular with ps3 fans apparently movie studios also haven't you be seen all the blue ray movies coming out as well as classic movies on blu ray
Download only is the future but we aren't there yet. It's good they decided to stick with optical drives. I'm so anxious to see what they have in store for Monday !!!
Downloadable media will be part of the future, but I firmly believe that optical media (or similar) will always exist simply because people like to physically own things. Especially lately with the whole "do you really own your digital media" debates rolling out.
I agree with you (besides the part where you said of instead of have) but what's with the stupid "E3 Team Xbox" bit?
That's what I was going to comment on. Why do you keep writing "E3 Team Xbox" after every comment? It just reminds me of those lame Twilight fans going "Im Team Edward" "I'm Team Jason" or whatever the name is. On point, yes download only would not have been good but to me it signals that Sony is really bolstering the PS Network for next gen if they were thinking of this route.
Are you actually working for some promotional team for Xbox at e3, like getting paid for it? I hope so.
oh yeah fight fire with fire E3 Team Playstation.
Really don't get why such an obvious market alienating move is even being considered. @MacDonagh: Would kind of think "hey, anyone without online will be able to play it" would kill the idea after it was brought up. Nevermind that this gen ignores around 30%-49% of its market via DLC and necessary game patches.
One assumes that all possibilities would be discussed in meetings and the pros and cons would be weighed accordingly.
Good news. I prefer hard disk. I hope MS follows suit.
It would be the biggest console flop of all time if that happened.
Especially if the other guys didn't adopt the same platform. Who would want a console where you couldn't buy/trade games? That's part of the sociology of the gaming community.
Not if people liked it. As in, for people who could afford awesome internet, it would probably be a must (versus other consoles that is, and also assuming that those people can afford a game console).
its not awesome internet. it turns into the lack of control. when you own the physical copies of the game you own it and you have rights. has anyone invoked their rights to backup digital DLC games? no because we dont own them at all. that's how I feel. people prefer physical media.
Good thinking. I still prefer physical media.
I also still prefer physical media.
I hope physical media will always remain an option at least.
A compromise wouldn't be too bad. Like, bundling one without an external hard drive/bluray player, then bundling one with both.
Theres no way Sony would have made the PS4 download only, it would be commercial suicide. Not only that but their own media format - Blu-ray would be damaged. Why would they do that? it wouldn't have made any sense. Physical media won't be going any time soon, thank god.
Yea, and good luck getting retail partners to shelve something like that.
Good thinking! :)
The next gen at leasts needs a 6x-8x speed bluray drive as data density of games increase, heck, even current Ps3 could have benefitted from a 4x bluray drive.
Next gen will almost certainly utilize 6x+ drives as I expect them to be designed to support 4k TVs in the future.
What they are doing now with the option to download games & retail is the perfect thing to do. The 'ultimate' bundles they are providing this week is great. Until internet providers can get download speeds consistently at high speeds than the move to digital is a possibility.
See? See?! (points around @ everyone frantically) Well, when I mentioned in a past post that Sony was interested in streaming, I got all these disagrees... Now, look at this! An article that explains that's what Sony originally wanted... I tried to tell you... I tried to warn you! Aaarrrrgggghh! (runs away in a mindless manner)
Yeah? Well..... "My cat's breath smells like cat food."
What'd I tell you? http://www.youtube.com/watc... Mmmhmm.
Smart decision. Esspecially considering how much Blu-Ray cost them with PS3. I think it`s only a few years since DVD passed VHS on a worldwide scale as well, so there`s no reason to think download only would be the way to go just yet ;)
Technology could completely change by then.
THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!1 I would have hated to sit and wait everytime I wanted to get a new game...it takes FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OPTICAL FOR LIFE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This should mean that PS4 should be able to play PS3 games....damn it!
That's good news for most of the world, if you don't live in major metropolitan areas of America or Japan, possibly UK (I dunno what their speeds are like) you wouldn't even entertain the thought of a console like that. Hell some poor countries still have tiny Internet caps on a per month basis. There are also a portion of people that don't even have wifi or their current consoles online. The world as a whole isn't ready for a download only console and worldwide sales would suffer because of it. Sticking with optical drive and having the option to download is still the smartest bet for a home console.
Think this is a bunch of bullcrap. This would be suicide... Sony wont be so stupid. Plus they are in a financial pickel at the moment,and seeing that the PS brand is their cash cow i cant see them making such a idiotic move. Dont want to even start on the internet debate, im from South Africa, and our internet isnt nearly as fast and affordable as 1st world countries...
All things have to be considered. It was obvious they'd continue with physical media after the PSPGo failed.
i knew that they wouldnt go full digital.. blu ray is pretty much a standard now so why wouldnt they include it in the next system for games & movies
Obvious answer is obvious .
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