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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If digital only is in our future, its not going to be a reality in another 10 or so years. Established tech dies slowly, and discs are far from becoming extinct yet.
I really like the idea of pushing towards Digital, so cost of games go down, clearly on cloud services on PC game prices are lower than being on a console. About HD sizes, well that is why they have a cloud service, so your games wouldn't have to be on your HD. I imagine them also providing larger HD's, prices on those have gone down also.
Glad i prefer this too xbox
That's good that they will still be highly supportive of retail sales.
I for one prefer to have a physical copy of a game, rather than just storing digital data or playing out of the cloud. I am a collector of video games and while I strongly believe in DLC and online update. I would have to walk away from the gaming world if game went 100% digital. I also believe that the current way games are being made is mostly right. You can purchase your physical copy, bring it home, pop it in and play. Then get your updates and be happy. If games went digital, what would happen if your new favorite game launched and just as you bought it, it storms and the internet goes down. Well, then you have to wait on your internet connection to be fixed.
I don't think that home consoles are ready for completely digital sales so it would have been harmful to completely cut out the disc. This here is just confirming that feeling.
Good Sony that's my girl
I still think it is a dumb idea as I know people who do not have their consoles hooked up to the internet because they don't have it or they just don't have high speed broadband to make it worth while. Or areas of the country do not even have broadband coverage or just don't offer it.
So this whole full on digital retailing is stupid for the most part for mega games. Yet those small or classic games that we all love can go all digital all they want.
Good sony good
Nice to know every game company isn't ready to abandon hard copies of games.
I wish when I turned on my PS3 that the start up sounded like a PS1 ahhh nostalgia :)
I still very much prefer a physical retail game vs. a digital game.
whelp, these are the guys that matter. screw you digital distribution.
i personally prefer retail. i like having a nice collection to show off on my shelf
YEA LETS MAKE EVERYTHING DIGITAL SO THAT WAY WHEN U CONSTANTLY GET GAME FREEZES WHILE PLAYING SINGLE PLAYER OR ONLINE WE CAN BLAME IT ON OUR CONNECTION....SCREW YOU GUYS
hate digital, only bought 2 games ever digitally, i like seeing the all my games on a shelf, its cool so i can see what a nice collation i have