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Rumor: Sony PS4 to Use Optical Storage Discs Like Blu-ray on PS3


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257w ago - Sony's Senior VP of Product Development Shuhei Yoshida at SCEA has hinted in a recent interview with German site [Register or Login to view links] that PS4 may use optical storage discs like the Blu-ray discs the PlayStation 3 currently utilizes.

To quote from the interview, roughly translated: "Whether Shuhei Yoshida believes that the technology of digital distribution even when stationary consoles like the PlayStation 3 or a future 'PlayStation 4 prevails, "we wanted to know about him:" I think that digital content easier to portable devices like the PSP or the iPod fits.

It's faster, easier and more convenient than a CD, and the volumes of data keep both in music and play in bounds, "replies the Senior Vice President of Product Development at SCEA in discussion with video games area.

For home consoles, where the game files 5 to 30 gigabytes in size, was a download, however no longer feasible. Disc-based media would play on the console market is a part.

"Game developers now have to use the entire capacity of a Blu-ray Disc. But we supplement the offer with smaller titles from the PlayStation Store, but the big blockbuster games will continue to appear on media," it is safe to Yoshida."



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#12 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 257w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by STREETS2525 View Post
Not a good idea cause when I buy a game from the store as soon as i get home i want to play it the first install used to bother me and that is just a few hundred kilo's or megabytes, but now your telling me i would have to wait for up to 30 maybe more gigabytes to download like how long would that take xbox is starting to sound a lot better everyday.

I don't understand the point in your question. Could you possibly rephrase it? Installing games to the 360 HDD still takes time and requires your CD to launch. A Homebrew 360 will still require the installation to the HDD, and whether or not you download the games or rip them, that also takes time. So again, perhaps I misunderstood, but I don't see how the 360 saves you anytime whatsoever (we can get into specifics if you wish it so )

#11 - STREETS2525 - 257w ago
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Not a good idea cause when I buy a game from the store as soon as i get home i want to play it the first install used to bother me and that is just a few hundred kilo's or megabytes, but now your telling me i would have to wait for up to 30 maybe more gigabytes to download like how long would that take xbox is starting to sound a lot better everyday.

#10 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 257w ago
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Very well said about the internet bandwidth guys. Good points made here. I'd like to add something if I may. The guys that make the PS3 possible and PS4 possible, etc. also look at the global market, not just single country markets. As this technology gets cheaper, it becomes more widely available.

Now say if Verizon was to offer unlimited bandwidth and very fast and cheap download speeds, downloading complete games would be very convenient. However, when you compare that so say Senegal, there may be very limited internet bandwidth provided, and the speeds may not be as advanced (amongst other things) so it is more profitable/ logical to go with disc drives. (or as might be seen, both) Selling consoles is not only a business for profit, but a way to bring the people of the world together.

You can't make a system specifically for one group of people because it eliminates the possibility of connecting to other groups. Communication is vital in this ever modernizing world. Just my two cents. Hope it made some sense.

#9 - Andrewlev - 257w ago
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Anyone know in with year the ps4 comes.. 2020?

#8 - red8316 - 257w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by revel8n View Post
From things like amazon's kindle begin able to revoke access to e-books you rightfully purchase after they have already been downloaded, having an actual physical copy of the product is far more secure from a consumer standpoint in my eyes.


Exactly! It works well enough for DLC, Expansions, & PSN games, but for full games it should never be forced. The option would be nice to have, but people would need some serious hard drive space and internet bandwidth.

The enthusiast would likely not have a problem with hard drive space, but it might become cost prohibitive to the masses if they were to buy only D/D Retail Games. Then there is the issued with monthly download allocations from ISPs, with one game, some people will hit their bandwidth caps (20/30GB/mo). Until ISPs get with the times and allow generous or unlimited bandwidth schemes then I think D/D will be seriously limited in how large it can get.

But for me, its comes down to having a hard copy and transferability for trade ins, selling, & borrowing/lending with friends. As well, it means hands off for the seller, they can't revoke your purchase like Kindle's ebook issue a while ago. With digital distribution, I don't think we'll have that choice.

Here's hoping for more physical media in the years to come.

 

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