the digital movie and rental markets starting to transition to
streaming rentals and digital downloads for purchases, many expect
the same thing to happen with the video game market. The problem with
streaming video game services such as OnLive is
that lag and the quality of the internet connection can make the
games unplayable.Sony's PSP Go so far has been a failure.
This was Sony's first attempt at a download only game console and the
Go was met with very mixed
consumer reactions. Some stores even refused to carry the
console. A Sony executive once proclaimed that he would be surprised
if the PS4 had a physical optical drive. That proclamation may have
led many to expect the PS4 to be more like the PSP Go than the
current PS3.Apparently, Sony has learned some lessons and Kaz
Hirai has offered up a few
factoids that point to physical media being integral to the
PS4. Hirai said, "We do business in parts of the world where
network infrastructure isn't as robust as one would hope." He
continued saying, "There's always going to be requirement for a
business of our size and scope to have a physical medium. To think
everything will be downloaded in two years, three years or even ten
years from now is taking it a little bit to the extreme."Despite
the fact that there will apparently by a physical optical drive for
media in the future Sony console, downloadable game sales are
booming. A recent report from the NPD group claims that almost half
of all video games purchased in 2009 were online
downloads. It appears that both physical and download games will
continue to be important for consoles in the near future. NPD Group
reported that in 2009, 23.5 million games were sold in the U.S. at
retail and 21.3 million were purchased online.
that would count games purchased for smartphones from the App Store
and other smartphone markets.
quote: My biggest problem with all digital is that when you buy the item, what exactly do you own? I cannot resell a downloaded game. I cannot lend it to a friend. It is simply sunk money. This is a huge problem if the game sucks; I am just out the money.
quote: PlayStation 4 Will Have Still Physical Media Capabilities
quote: Hirai said, "We do business in parts of the world where network infrastructure isn't as robust as one would hope."
quote: Guess they forgot that it's likely much easier to have a robust network infrastructure when your country is only about the size of California, huh??