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The time isn't right for a download-only platform, says Sony

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on 7 October 2011

Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Worldwide Studios, has stated his belief that consumers aren’t quite ready to embrace the idea of a download-only platform.

Speaking to Edge, Yoshida-san observed that many consumers lack a sufficient broadband connection for large downloads, and that some punters still enjoy the process of shopping for physical goods.

"We believe, for some consumers, the time is [right], but for other consumers, the time is still not [right]," he commented.

"So we believe the time is still not right to go download-only as a platform. Some PS Vita titles, like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, will be close to 4GB in size, which could be too large to download for consumers who do not have a fast broadband connection.”

Yoshida added: "Also, some consumers like shopping in retail stores, talking to knowledgeable store clerks, buying and playing games on the spot. We do not want to remove that capability from consumers."

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) head honcho Jim Ryan also added his two pence on the matter, agreeing the time isn’t right to go download-only.

"There are consumers in parts of the world - this is a global device - where the digital model has not yet fully been embraced,” said Ryan.

How do you feel PSU readers? Do you think we’re ready to embrace a download-only platform? Let us know in the comments section below.