Sony: Expect PS4 to Still Have Optical Drive



Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai is ruling out a download-only future for the next-generation PlayStation consoles. Speaking in an interview with MCV, Hirai said Sony’s business will always require a physical discs in one way or another, despite being the first one to release the download-only PSP Go.

“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.”

This doesn’t mean that Sony will support physical discs all the way, well according to Hirai, it’s not happening anytime soon.

“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.”

Via [MCV]


Written by: Ace - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Emrah on August 27th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    I’m expecting Ps4 to be at least able to play bluray movies. It doesn’t make any sense from now to ditch that capability. So yes, we’ll have it. But it will have a 8x or 12x bluray drive, that will churn data like butter.

  2. #2 by Smegmazor on August 27th, 2010

    I concur with keeping the optical drive. And I think Blu-ray will probably be around for years to come, as was the DVD- which is still around.

  3. #3 by EdEN on August 27th, 2010 [ 141871 Points ]

    Well, digital only has been a huge problem for the PSP Go so I don’t see this being the norm until 20 years down the road.

  4. #4 by Andy on August 29th, 2010

    Until networks can quickly deliver my 50GB HD movies on demand, and similarly deliver big games like Metal Gear Solid, then I think we’ll need physical media.

    I like physical media as I feel like I “own” something, I don’t like the idea of losing all my games due to a hard drive crash…even if I could re-download my lost games.


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