176w ago - Sony's Senior VP of Product Development Shuhei Yoshida at SCEA has hinted in a recent interview with German site VideoGamesZone.de 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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i sure hope future consoles don't move to digital only distribution any time soon. Given some of the implications i have seen from other mediums that have gone in this direction, i am not a fan of this. 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.
With hardware failure rates also posing a problem and companies often liking to stick to proprietary hardware solutions, i would definitely hate to lose something to the void of not being able to access a hard drive, access privileges changing, or the site/internet connection being down so i cant re-download something, not to mention any other blocks that may be in place keeping me from doing things in a way i am accustomed to.