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When asked about the possibility of a "discless console" in the future, one that relies solely on digital download for its games delivery, Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai answered simply that he "thinks that's going to be a little way off".

"Even with PS3, today, you're talking about games that take 14, 15Gb, even upwards of 20Gb," he explained. "If you try to offer that complete game as a download, you can do that, but what is the consumer experience going to be like?"

"You also have to realise that different countries all have broadband, but the speeds are different, and then there are some territories where there isn't too much broadband infrastructure at this point in time."

"When you look at it from a worldwide business perspective, the most efficient way of delivering 50 gigabytes, say, is going to be on a disk for a while to come."

"That's not to say we're not doing the online stuff - which we are, through the PlayStation Store, but it's basically a combination that makes the most sense for us and consumers. That's why in some instances, we'll offer both versions, like with Gran Turismo 5: Prologue."
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Steam is very succsessful.
Edited by Sanders54 - 5/30/08 at 2:04pm
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going completely DDL would mean huges HDDs in every single PS4 which would either up the price or up the size or in the worst case both as incorpatating a disc reader as has be common with all PS releases (PS1 CD palyer, PS2 DVD player, PS3 Blu Ray player and PS4 unknown) would increase the price
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Steam is very succsessful.
Steam also doesn't have games that are 20GB in download size.
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They're just trying to push their useless blu-ray. Can't see any other blu-ray product than the PS3 taking off, so I guess they feel like they have to milk that.
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They're just trying to push their useless blu-ray. Can't see any other blu-ray product than the PS3 taking off, so I guess they feel like they have to milk that.
They're not milking anything. It makes perfect sense.
It's the easiest way to let everyone, everywhere regardless of internet connection get the games they want. That, and how would you go about having the customer store all of the games on their PS3?

Sony is a company, they want to make it EASIER for customers to use their products, not harder.
    
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They're just trying to push their useless blu-ray. Can't see any other blu-ray product than the PS3 taking off, so I guess they feel like they have to milk that.
Are you serious?

They are not trying to push it, they would love DLL to be 100% in use. But it simple isn't feasible.

Think about it:

How would you sell your games? That is the one hinder of getting steam

How long would it take? Even a pretty decent broadband connection would take upwards of 10 hours for a large file. Hell, currently I am on a 1mb connection and it takes me about 4 hours for a 1.5GB file! This would cripple Sony as no one would invest in their product simply because they don't want to wait 10 + hours before they play a damn game

Not everyone has the internet, never mind broadband. How would these people be able to play? And remember that about 80% of console consumer bases are your average joe who doesn't give a rats about the internet, they just like to play a single player campaign.

Sony would lose a very large proportion of their income. Are they trying to push Blu-Ray? Of course they are, it's their job! Are they trying to milk it.....most probably, they want maximum profit.

But are they milking it for this reason? Certainly not, i agree with Sony on this one.
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I have no problem with 10, 15, 20GB downloads and I'd much prefer this option to having someone poke me into buying a blu-ray drive I otherwise have no need for.
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i, for one, dont want to download 20gb's worth of blu-ray game. discs are much easier, and they sit proudly on your shelf. I only buy games on steam if i desperately want them, like when the orange box came out earlier in the US.
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Maybe they just don't have the network capacity for it... even in Japan. Even though most people there have a 100mbit connection, they don't want to upload or download much in fear of their ISPs complaining about the usage.

So the only conclusion that can be made that if a lot of people suddenly started downloading games (the PS is very popular in Japan, and almost nobody buys a X360), it'd all get hogged up.
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i, for one, dont want to download 20gb's worth of blu-ray game. discs are much easier, and they sit proudly on your shelf. I only buy games on steam if i desperately want them, like when the orange box came out earlier in the US.
20GB will be nothing in like 3 years. I remeber back when PS2 came out 4GB was huge but now is no problem. CD space increases internet gets faster its simple as that.
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