Here's some interesting fodder to chat about at the water cooler. Sony
the company responsible for producing a disc-free PlayStation Portable
game console, is apparently not too keen on going the all-download route
in the home console space. In a recent interview, Sony Computer
Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai said that a digital future in the game
market is over ten years away. So, is this revelation due to the PSPgo
being a general flop?
It's hard to say, really. Kaz stated: "We do business in parts of the
world where network infrastructure isn’t
as robust as one would hope. There’s always going to be requirement for a
business of our size and
scope to have a physical medium. To think everything will be
downloaded in two years, three years or even ten years from now is
taking it a little bit to the extreme." We are on the same page with
some of that, but not all. Particularly the part about "always" being a
requirement for a physical disc. That sounds like someone else we've
heard of saying that a certain amount of RAM will "always" be enough for
the PC consumer.
We definitely think that physical discs will fade someday. It'll
probably take 50+ years for the entire globe to get to that point, but
considering that Sony already produced a portable game console that
cannot accept physical discs, it's sort of surprising to hear that same
company say that their next home console (in theory, anyway) won't be
download-only. Maybe they learned their lesson, after all?