By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 26, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Here’s some good news for all willing and potential PlayStation buyers and fans.
Per reports, the PlayStation 4 will allow digital downloads of games as its primary method of distribution, and this applies to every game that will be supported by the new console.
The information was confirmed by Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida. Yoshida told The Guardian that every single PlayStation 4 title will be available digitally.
“We're shifting our platform more and more to the digital side – PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc,” Yoshida stated.
“As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we'll have more of an option to create attractive packages. So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company. We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content – especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that's our dream.”
As expected, the Gaikai cloud servers could actually end up being the key component to Sony's strategy if the company is serious about the digital distribution system.
While, at the moment, users can already download a boatload of full PlayStation 3 titles that normally ship on Blu-ray disc, per The Verge, “they can easily top 10GB, with quite a few of them taking up 20GB or more. PlayStation 4 titles could be even larger. Blu-ray has a theoretical capacity of 50GB with a dual-layer disc, and Blu-ray XL fits 100GB. Those games could take a while to download in the United States, unless you live in Kansas City, and take up plenty of hard drive space.”
Currently Sony performs this action with PlayStation Plus, which grants discounts and free games for subscribers. However, Yoshida states that Sony would be interested in opening this system up further with multiple tiers that will offer more access as digital distribution continues to become common thing.
Additionally, Yoshida stated: “In a couple of years I'd like to be playing PS4 games on all my devices, with the main experience on the big screen, and smaller sections on mobile screens … It will all be connected.”
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