If it was not evident that Sony were making a big push towards a digital distribution future with the PS3, a recent interview from Sony suggests that there is going to be an even greater emphasis on digital content with the newly announced PS4 console, which will go on sale at the end of the year in the US.
Sony’s Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has been giving all kinds of additional PS4 information out following on from the company’s event. We heard how he revealed that the PS3 DualShock3 controller wouldn’t be compatible with the PS4 hardware, and now we have another important nugget of information for you to digest.
When speaking to The Guardian recently, Yoshida has said for the first time that every single PS4 game will be available as a digital download from the PlayStation Store, followng on from a similar format that they used with the PS Vita and their digital titles aside to physical releases on PS Vita game cards.
Yoshida added that while every game will be available as a digital download, only ‘some’ would be available on Blu-Ray disc, although this part of his statement may have been lost in translation – something to bear in mind before you start getting worried.
He also touted the possibility of introducing ‘attractive packages’ for consumers, including the words subscription models and the mention of Gaikai as well, tied into possible subscription based content. Perhaps the key line of a particular quote came though when he said this: “With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that’s our dream”.
While the idea of having a backup digital copy of every single game is pleasng, are you a bit worried about the new subscripton packages that they are inevitably going to introduce once the PS4 is out? We have a feeling that backwards PS3 compatibility with Gaikai is not going to be free, so Sony really needs to make this very appealing to current PS3 owners if they are going to win everyone over with the transition to next-gen.
What are your thoughts on the new monetization ideas that Sony clearly has in line for you with the PS4?