As the development of todays technology seems to show no signs of slowing down, Sony has confirmed that all of their games which will be avaliable as a disk for the upcoming Playstation 4, will also, be avaliable for download. Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida, stated that the Playstation 4 will be similar to the PS Vita, focusing on their digital marketplace, but, physical disks will also be avaliable for use.
"We're shifting our platform more and more to the digital side - PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc
," said Shuhei, "The Witness will be a digital release and because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models
Yoshida has also mentioned that Sony will also be offering subscription based models for it's content. "As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we'll have more of an option to create attractive packages, so hypothetically we can look at different models - like a cable TV company. We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content - especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games - that's our dream
So what's this mean for the future of gaming? Does it make everything more simple or is it going to complicate things up? And, if the Playstation 4 has all of these features avaliable, what will the Xbox 720(nicknamed 'Durango') have in store for us? Only time will tell.
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