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Sony, Microsoft confirm: PS4, Xbox Next will have optical drives

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Jun 2012 9:19 User comments (16)

Sony, Microsoft confirm: PS4, Xbox Next will have optical drives Although there have been rumors that both Sony and Microsoft are planning to ditch optical drives for their upcoming consoles, both the console makers have decided against the thought.
Sony did consider moving to download-only, but ultimately decided against the scheme for the upcoming PS4, codenamed Orbis, reads a new WSJ report.

The PS4 will be released at the end of 2013, just like Microsoft's upcoming console, say the same sources.

As noted by critics, Sony decided against the download-only model because Internet connections are too inconsistent around the world. While downloading large games may not be an issue in Western Europe, the same download could take days if not longer in other nations, thus alienating entire fan bases.

Microsoft had a similar epiphany when it concluded that even in fast Internet regions, like the U.S. and Western Europe, users might be hit with bandwidth restrictions, like caps from certain ISPs, or throttling of speed from others.

The news will certainly cause retailers like GameStop to breath a sigh of relief as most of their profits come from the sale and re-sale of used physical discs.

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16 user comments

11.6.2012 10:22

Here comes another wave of firmware hacks from the next xbox scene. The boot legged copies of games shall never stop

21.6.2012 11:48

Why would Sony even consider going all digital again?

31.6.2012 12:14

Smart decision to be sure.

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Here comes another wave of firmware hacks from the next xbox scene. The boot legged copies of games shall never stop
It will never stop anyhow. Even if a single player game requires online access to play, there are ways to circumvent that. If you wanted to play multi-player you just create you own VPN server. So no matter how you look at it, hacking and bootlegging will never cease.

41.6.2012 12:49

At least they have some brains....... that and SD is not cheap enough to go without disc.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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51.6.2012 15:42

hurrah for gamestop i guess

61.6.2012 15:44

That's great now I can sleep at night.


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71.6.2012 16:28

Originally posted by A5J4DX:
hurrah for gamestop i guess
Why? They still may not allow used games to work. On that there is no confirmation of yay or nay.

81.6.2012 18:00

LMAO as if everyone on the planet has a fair enough connection speed to take on a Blue ray sized download :)) Then you have those poor sukazzz that live in a non competitive market with ISP data caps. One of my friends that I play XBL with only gets like 7 GB's a month then it drops to telephone modem speed :))


No time for Leap frog!!!

91.6.2012 23:16

Duh! Knew this was going to be the case. As much as I hate optical formats, being that it's dramatically old and antiquated, t's kinda like cars going all electric......society just won't accept that as of yet. Optical is here to stay for at least 7-10 more years.

102.6.2012 10:43

Originally posted by HxCMANIAC:
Why would Sony even consider going all digital again?
The PSPgo was a failure because it was released at the end of PSPs life. When all used games were $5-10, you had to purchase all the games off PSN NEW for $40. The PSP also didn't support WPA or 802.11g which was a big thing. I'm sure a lot of people returned the PSP because they couldn't get it connected to their networks.

If the PSP go was released initially, without any other PSP out there, it would have done decently.

112.6.2012 11:02

Originally posted by core2kid:
Originally posted by HxCMANIAC:
Why would Sony even consider going all digital again?
The PSPgo was a failure because it was released at the end of PSPs life. When all used games were $5-10, you had to purchase all the games off PSN NEW for $40. The PSP also didn't support WPA or 802.11g which was a big thing. I'm sure a lot of people returned the PSP because they couldn't get it connected to their networks.

If the PSP go was released initially, without any other PSP out there, it would have done decently.
Yup, the PSP go main problem was lack of PSP disc support.

As much as the choir here damned non disc issues the mouth breathing zombie consumer public will eat whatever they are fed and like it... sadly......

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122.6.2012 22:41

Just because the game is download only does not mean it can't be cracked. Until most of the world has very fast and unlimited transfers (no cap) with an affordable price, a direct download only console will fail. Who would want to pay full price for a game and then possibly pay an overage charge because the game you downloaded was massive and put you over the cap. On top of that with very slow transfer speeds it could very well take you a day or days depending on the speed of your internet. This point in time it's not a good idea in the future yes it will make sense. Also they need to let people sell or transfer purchased digital content, just like you can sell the hard copy of the game. But for now continue to still let people have a choice as some like to buy digital copies, but not everyone can or likes to do it.

133.6.2012 13:43

Anyone familiar with Onlive? Forget download games, streaming will be the way of the future. Some of you will think I'm nuts, but If you see what they can do now with services like Onlive and with todays average connection - WOW!

144.6.2012 1:37

Few days ago I read on this site that they not making everything digital in first place...

Nevermind, that was about using used games on the console.

1514.6.2012 12:00

I don't believe this article at all. You are telling me that Reps never thought about how this couldn't work? "Oh, yeah, what about people without internet?" This does not say anything about preventing used games to play on the new concoles. All they need to do is give each game a code like PC games and its all over. Who would buy a game if they couldn't play multiplayer with it?

1614.6.2012 13:55

in fact, both sony and ms did mention any new consoles at e3

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