The lights are on
With its purchase of Gaikai Inc., a cloud-based gaming company, Sony is clearly thinking about the future and online digital distribution. But that doesn't mean Sony is ready to abandon the retail market.
Sony Computer Entertainment UK boss Fergal Gara acknowledged that the retail market has seen a decline in the past four years, but he sees it more as a difficult transition rather than a sign of eventual collapse. “We’d love to see as many of those retailers as possible maintain their interest in servicing the space because clearly down the road many of us are going to be doing our best to give another injection into the market whenever the next cycle starts,” Gara says.
Gara seems to believe that when Sony's next gaming cycle starts, better known as PlayStation 4 (or whatever the company decides to call its next console), the retail market will see a jump.
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I'm all for either or, preferably retail, but have no objections with cloud and digital distributions as long as they stay reliable and that I have enough space with the new systems to store my games.
This is good. I always preferred retail to digital.
They'll lose alot of sales when they decide to go digital only, I know I won't buy games when they are digital only.
This is good, Options are good. And I like to pick retail and physical often as possible.
Less likely that I'll rule Sony out of my future.
Just hope other follow sony, I´m sticking with my comoputer from now on so...
"Fergal Gara acknowledged that the retail market has seen a decline in the past four years".... i can explain that,.. its called resession.. when economy is back on speed,and we get new exciting tech. retail will skyrocket again.
Dang i remember all the good PS1 Years.
Nice. Good for you Sony.
So... how exactly will they sell systems if retail doesn't carry games? They only sell systems right now, even though they don't make a profit on them, in the US because they can sell games and accessories. If you reduce that to only accessories it gives retailers absolutely zero reason to carry the systems themselves.