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January 11, 2010 // 8:48 pm - Sony's Senior VP of Product Development Shuhei Yoshida at SCEA has hinted in a recent interview with German site 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."

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

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#7 - iUnknown - January 12, 2010 // 6:57 pm
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I'm always surprised by the polarizing statements that are made by people (press and non-press alike), but I assume its all made in the interest of creating buzz and discussion.

Shuhei Yoshida's statements are very sensible. People tend to take this whole DD vs Physical Media debate way too far trying to eliminate one without the other. It won't happen and for the very same reason that the internet hasn't eliminated all B&M stores (please don't take this literally, its just a simple comparison).

Sure market shares will change, more people will utilize DD in the future but you'll have a market for each delivery system while both co-exist but there are pros and cons to both. Its not like one completely trumps the other, there are situations where physical media works best and others where it doesn't (just like Yoshida mentioned above) the market share of each will change based on which products are best suited to DD and which are best suited to physical copies.

#6 - PS4 News - January 12, 2010 // 6:19 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by banksc View Post
"Disc basierte" = Disc based

I updated the first post- Thanks banksc and +Rep!

#5 - banksc - January 12, 2010 // 6:03 pm
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"Disc basierte" = Disc based

#4 - PS4 News - January 12, 2010 // 5:19 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by dorienasder View Post
For one second I was like "Discbasierte media?", but then I saw "German site", so I know where that came from. Still, you may want to correct that one. :-)

If you can better translate it or let me know what to correct exactly I will... sadly, that is what Google translates it to and as I can't read a word of German I can only go by their translation.

#3 - zoned - January 12, 2010 // 3:21 pm
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It would make sense to keep optical disc compatibility in the next machine as there are a large number of current owners who use the PS3 as a blu ray player and for games and they would require both to be available on the next machine.

#2 - revel8n - January 12, 2010 // 3:08 pm
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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.

#1 - dorienasder - January 12, 2010 // 11:33 am
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For one second I was like "Discbasierte media?", but then I saw "German site", so I know where that came from. Still, you may want to correct that one. :-)