Sony Considered Download-Only Next-Gen console But Stuck With Optical Drives

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony considered making a download only next-gen console but stuck to optical drives.

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AngelicIceDiamond2424d ago

Download only? Thank god they didn't do that, Sony wouldn't of lasted long at all with that plan.

E3 Team Xbox.

Pixel_Enemy2424d ago

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.

dcbronco2424d ago

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.

darthv722424d ago

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.

MrDead2424d ago (Edited 2424d ago )


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.

a_squirrel2424d ago (Edited 2424d ago )

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.

killerhog2424d ago (Edited 2424d ago )


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.

CarlosX3602424d ago

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.

princejb1342424d ago

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

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Thatguy-3102424d ago

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 !!!

dirthurts2424d ago (Edited 2424d ago )

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.

deep_fried_bum_cake2424d ago

I agree with you (besides the part where you said of instead of have) but what's with the stupid "E3 Team Xbox" bit?

stage882424d ago

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.

KwietStorm2424d ago

Are you actually working for some promotional team for Xbox at e3, like getting paid for it? I hope so.

thrashermario2424d ago

oh yeah fight fire with fire

E3 Team Playstation.

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Godmars2902424d ago (Edited 2424d ago )

Really don't get why such an obvious market alienating move is even being considered.

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.

MacDonagh2424d ago

One assumes that all possibilities would be discussed in meetings and the pros and cons would be weighed accordingly.

Dread2424d ago

Good news. I prefer hard disk. I hope MS follows suit.

fatstarr2424d ago

It would be the biggest console flop of all time if that happened.

dirthurts2424d ago

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.

a_squirrel2424d ago (Edited 2424d ago )

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).

fatstarr2424d ago

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.

rulakir2424d ago

Good thinking. I still prefer physical media.

CarlosX3602424d ago

I also still prefer physical media.

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