Sony Confirms Blu-Ray Still Primary Media Format for PS4

Feb 23, 2013 by  

PS4 Sticking With Blu-Ray

Despite the exciting possibilities the PS4‘s dedicated processor for background processing will bring, Sony is still sticking with a disc-based delivery mechanism, for now. Though there was nigh on a mention of what media future PS4 games (Killzone: Shadow Fall, inFAMOUS: Second Son, etc…) would release on, Sony has now confirmed Blu-Ray discs will still be the dominant format.

With the introduction of PS Plus and Day 1 Digital Downloads, Sony has taken bold steps to create a digital distribution platform that rivals anything available on the PC. Granted, they still have a way to go before the PSN is seen as a Steam equivalent, but with their next-gen console Sony could get there.

However, as Sony’s Jim Ryan tells IGN, the Blu-Ray isn’t going anywhere. Ryan sees the writing on the wall – digital distribution is the future – but with download speeds what they are, there is still a need for physical media.

“Clearly, and this applies not just to games but to pretty much every form of entertainment, there is a trend to increased digital consumption, and that is happening now on PS3 and will continue and will probably accelerate on PS4. But the primary delivery mechanism for the big games on the PS4 platform will continue to be Blu-Ray discs, for the foreseeable future.”

That doesn’t mean that gamers won’t see a switch to digital downloads within the PS4‘s lifespan, though, that’s actually a likely scenario. When asked for a time frame, Ryan was decidedly evasive, but five years appears to be what Sony is looking at.

For now, however, Sony – according to Ryan – encourages developers to take full advantage of a Blu-Ray disc’s 50GB of storage space, a file size that would take days to download on some people’s Internet connections.

So, though we may not know what the PS4 console actually looks like, or have a clear picture of some of its inner workings, Sony is slowly revealing more and more as the days go on. Next up: E3 2013, where even more should be revealed.

How do you feel about the PS4 sticking with the Blu-Ray disc for now? Can you see a digital download-only future?

The PS4 is targeting a holiday 2013 release date.

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Source: IGN

 

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  1. Only blu-ray? BLASPHEMY! What happened to the 1000GB disc we’ve heard so much about?!? This is ridiculous! We demand ever increasing disc sizes the developers will NEVER be able to fill! JUST BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU CAN!

    • i guess i’ve been living under a rock but i’ve never heard of a 1 TERABYTE disk….

      blue rays are traditionally 25-50gb… 1000gb seems a bit of a jump

      • It’s called a holographic disc.
        Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_Versatile_Disc

        • Although it says the capacity is 6TB.

        • Yeah. That. I was just joking around though. It’s good to see that Blu-ray is still getting the love with PS4, and with almost full disk use at that.

  2. GREAT! in my opinion the day consoles go fully digital is the day EVERYONE goes to steam and the pc… i dont want that, i prefer consoles more because pc’s are to costly and are just annoying if you gotta change it constantly to keep up with the best. it just doest make sense to go fully digital.

    also here new digital games are £60… THATS MAD! i go to the store and the most you pay is £45 and thats only for the really hyped games like cod, uncharted, god of war, borderlands etc. metal gear rising was selling for £35 in asda day 1 even though that was looked forward too.

    • Just saying, Steam is download only, and many people who own consoles dont have a PC that can run things like Watch Dogs.

      • Revision, when i say steam is download only i mean to purchase games from there

  3. This makes sense as only 8/100 people worldwide have a stable internet connection and only 4/100 have the power to go all digital. Including both optical and digital was of course a smart move.

  4. Digital will over take optical eventually, but living a in more developed country I don’t think you actually realize just how much better the internet is here than else where, there is still a huge demand for physical media in most of the world. Re open this discusion 10 years from now then we can talk

    • I concur, at least in the U.S. give it ten years, pretty and everyone will have fiber optic internet that can download 100 GB a second. Then all digital will be a viable option.

  5. if the system has blu-ray then wtf cant it play ps3 game, it seems like a load of bs how they couldn’t include a small chip that will allow backwards play for the last gen, even if they have a ton of sweet looking games coming out alongside the ps4.

    • Agreed. But I am happy that they are continuing the physical part. I much rather a disc than digital.

    • Because the disc has virtually nothing to do with whether or not it can play a PS3 game. Do you honestly believe that if it was as easy as “sticking a small chip in” that Sony would just say, “No. Eff that Johnny. We’re going to make a lot of people upset and not do that!” ?

      It’s the price Sony is paying for making the architecture of the PS3 pretty much completely unique but then switching in the next generation to more mainstream components so that developers will be more comfortable making games for the console. They weighed their options. Jam some PS3 circuitry into the system and raise the price just so gamers can keep playing games that most of them won’t care about after the first year the system is out or help keep costs lower and focus efforts on making sure devs love to make games on our hardware.

      When Sony started making PS3 consoles that weren’t backwards compatible it caused an uproar for about two days. Then no one really cared. The console continued to sell. It is estimated to have surpassed the 360 in worldwide sales now. So, Sony is probably looking at what happened there and feeling that not being backwards compatible really isn’t that big of a deal.

      Let’s face it. Most people are not video game nostalgia junkies and among those who are, even fewer actually continue to play their old titles on a regular basis. I do feel sorry for those people who amassed a huge library of PS3 titles but hey, it’s not like the PS3 magically vanishes when you buy a PS4 and Sony has a history of continuing to support the previous console long after it’s been replaced. Hell, the PlayStation 2 was just discontinued this year.

      Trust me, you’ll live and this backwards compatibility thing won’t even be an issue a few months after the PS4 launches.

      • dont engage jwalka he wouldnt read it anyways

      • hypotheticaly you could just code an emulator, however considering how strangly the PS3 operates it would take a lot of money/coding time. not to mention there is a good chance you might run into a lot of lag. Thats the reason the ps3 runs ps1 games, an emulator isnt too complicated for bridiging that gap.

      • Well said sir.

    • … youre probably the guy that complains that the ps3 cost too much yet when the chip was taken out to reduce cost you complained there was no backward compatibility. just go

  6. What else would Sony use unless

  7. Here are a few points about backwards compatibility, and digital versus disc based delivery:

    1) The PS3 will be around for a while, and won’t magically disappear once the PS4 arrives. An owner can keep more than one console in their possession.

    2) The architecture between the PS3 is so fundamentally different to the PS4 that backward compatibility is at best not economically viable, and at worst unachievable. Even emulation would be a tall order, since game publishers develop code that utilize low level libraries intrinsically tied to the hardware itself. Hence, emulation of complex games could be unpredictable or may not work at all.

    3) Digital media is undoubtedly going to become the standard at some point in the future, but until the world moves forward such that not just the top 10% have a fast enough internet connection, discs will be around for quite some time.

    4) Discs are good for popping round to your mates house with to play a game that they don’t have.

    5) Discs can be borrowed.

    6) Discs can be sold on the second hand market, which is more popular now than ever (read: economic crisis).

    7) Discs have nothing to do with the ability to have backward compatibility.

  8. I’ve said it many times, the day gaming goes all digital is the day I throw in the towel and finally get some fresh air…. and by fresh air I mean “go outside to amass a huge collection of old games that I never got to try when they came out, and then bring them home and play them for the rest of my miserable life”.

    -this activity can also be adopted by others that are affected by backwards compatibility issues.

  9. Great. Love having my gaming device play Blu Rays for me.

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