PS4 games will primarily use Blu-Ray for the 'foreseeable future'
- Posted February 25th, 2013 at 15:31 EDT by Ernest Lin
- 10 Comments
With such a heavy push for digital distribution of every PlayStation 4 game, Sony hasn't forgotten about the Blu-Ray disc. In fact, it will still remain the choice format for game releases on the PS4.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President and CEO Jim Ryan recently told IGN that the, "primary delivery mechanism for the big games on the PS4 platform will continue to be Blu-Ray discs, for the foreseeable future." When asked if that meant maybe five years, Ryan replied, "That sort of horizon, yes."
With Blu-Ray discs supporting up to 50 gigabytes of data and some games running 45 gigabytes in size, it isn't convenient for everyone to download larger games via the internet, especially in certain parts of the world.
Ryan gave the example that, "If you go down to Southern Europe, where we have very big and important businesses, it can take you 3 days over a standard internet connection to download a file of the size, and that’s not fun. There are certain gating factors in terms of internet infrastructure that mandate that the disc-based solution is going to be the primary delivery mechanism for the foreseeable future."
Will you be buying your PS4 games on Blu-Ray or digitally?
- 4:05pm EST - February 25th, 2013
theres a reason why blu-ray was made...HD-DVD would of been a nice contender if they didnt give up so easily.. well sony u know wat your doin frm the beginnig....PS, PS2,PS3, noww PS4 we welcome U!
- 4:08pm EST - February 25th, 2013
The digital prices for the same games are much higher in the UK.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 4:39pm EST - February 25th, 2013
I'll be buying on Blu-ray and digital both, just like I do on the PS3 right now. I also read that the Blu-ray drive should be running at 6x read out, instead of 2x. But that isn't chiseled in stone till final specs are released later on.
TristanPR77 | Tristan77
- 5:40pm EST - February 25th, 2013
I will be using both
John0714 | Kakarot247
- 5:53pm EST - February 25th, 2013
It all depends on whether or not Sony will allow multiple downloads of any one game. If they do, then I'd prefer digital. If they don't, then physical.
- 10:12pm EST - February 25th, 2013
Blu-ray, always blu-ray. Physical media of any kinda will always be preferable.
OsborneLV | Eric_Osborne
- 10:49pm EST - February 25th, 2013
Sony used to have a 5 copy cap, now its 2 - which means you and a friend can go half in on a game and both enjoy it - which is pretty sweet. I prefer to download my games for many reasons, the only benefit from having physical copies is that you can resell them, that's the only reason to buy physical over digital. If you buy games and plan to keep them forever, its best to go digital, you can never lose them, and its nice to have a selection (in my case over 60+ games) just a click away.
- 2:40am EST - February 26th, 2013
#7: "the only benefit from having physical copies is that you can resell them"
Well, another large benefit I like is that I can lend them to friends and vice versa.
- 4:10am EST - February 26th, 2013
I prefere BD versions for games because I can take my game to a friends house and reselll when finished with the game. Plus here in France it would take longer than 3 days to download because our internet often gets cut off and it's just too slow. I love the whole idea of PS4 downloading stuff whilst your playing, not doing so is the most horrible thing about this gen consoles!
- 9:55am EST - February 26th, 2013
95% BD, anyway I'll only buy "small" games as DLC like High velocity bowling, I guess for the Cross buy games with Vita you'll have to buy the physical PS4 game
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