We all know that the day will come when we will no longer be popping discs into load trays, or make the trek to a brick and mortar retailer to purchase a new title. Fully digital, non-physical media is coming, but it may be sooner than we thought.
According to Sony studios president Shuhei Yoshida, all PlayStation 4 titles will be available as digital downloads. In an interview with The Guardian, Yoshida talked about the move away from physical media.
“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. 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 went on about how those subscription models might work. The idea of a tiered system was floated.
"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.”
While all of this sounds like the future has come knocking with her golden teats at the ready, Sony has a long time yet before the PS4 is consumer ready. We should all wait and reserve judgement for the holiday season when the first consoles hit homes. What do you think? Would you pay for a tiered subscription service from Sony? Let us know.