GameStop’s chief customer officer has said the retail giant is pleased to learn that the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett will support a traditional disc drive. Speaking with GameSpot, Frank Hamlin spoke of the value of owning physical media, something which I can personally relate to, as I’m very much a believer in having a product sitting proudly on my shelf.
Or maybe I’m just an old git who refuses to embrace digital goods.
PS5 And Xbox Scarlett Disc Drive Pleases GameStop Boss
Hamlin spoke of how format holders Sony and Microsoft are well aware that physical media is still important for consumers, and that GameStop is obviously more than happy to flog disc-based games as long as people want it.
I think both Microsoft and Sony are keenly aware that the consumer needs that optionality. We’re very much a believer in helping our customers sell them a physical game when they want it.
It’s much like a collectable. .They like the collectibility and trophy on the shelf. That tangibility is something that’s extremely important for the right game experience. Not giving the customers the privilege of having that is something I think both Sony and Microsoft are aware would be a foolish thing to do.
The PS5 is reportedly due for release in holiday 2020, putting it out at the same time as the Xbox Scarlett. Sony has confirmed a slew of features for the console so far, including backwards compatibility with PS4 games, ray-tracing, 8K, and a dedicated SSD for reduced loading times.
The console maker is reportedly looking to acquire new developers ahead of the PS5’s release, which will apparently be marketed at hardcore gamers.
Jack Tretton, the former head of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), believes that Sony will face ‘exponentially more competition‘ with the PS5 than it did with the previous console generation.