Sony Can't Quit You, Plastic Discs

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Sony did win that HD format war, you know.

While pundits predict that the next generation of consoles will be digital download only, Sony continues to be bullish on disc-based media.

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"The reason retail has been around for thousands of years is because it works really well at showing you a range of content, having experienced store staff that can find the game you are looking for, tailor choices to your needs and up-sell you something you hadn't thought of," Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe honcho Andrew House tells MCV.

Continuing, House adding that digital retail is still confusing. "Browsing is a little overwhelming and too confusing, and that's the challenge that makes me think there's a strong role for physical media for years to come."

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This past summer, Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai stated that he felt physical media still had its place due to infrastructure issues. To think everything will be downloaded in two years," Hirai said, "three years or even ten years from now is taking it a little bit to the extreme."

Physical media is wonderful, and I hope it sticks around as long as possible. I don't only want to buy and play games, I want to be able to hold them in my hand and stick them on my shelf. My real shelf.

Above, actress Rei Kikukawa promotes Blu-ray movies in Japanese ads and in-store retail displays.

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Sony: Digital retail is confusing [MCVUK via Eurogamer] [Pic]

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DISCUSSION

Discs DLG. Period. You know why? Storage. Flat out, there is no reasonable way to have a game built to be played on a Blu-ray taking up as much space as it can (MGS4, FF13) to be distributed digitally. At least not with the current technology.

It cannot and will not happen until every device, even portable ones, comes with a mandatory minimum of 1TB of storage, and everyone in the world is capable of transferring data at 1 gigabit rates. That will not happen for many, many years.

People are insane to suggest digital distribution as the "future" of gaming.