PS4 Still Likely To Have Physical Drive

"Current SCE CEO says physical game media is here to stay for a while."

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Back in 2006, former Sony executive Phil Harrison said he didn't expect their next-generation console to sport a physical media drive, with digital distribution taking over.  Certainly digital distribution platforms are becoming more and more popular.  However, it seems the current Sony Computer Entertainment CEO, Kaz Hirai, is refuting that statement.

"We do business in parts of the world where network infrastructure isn't as robust as one would hope," he said.

"There's always going to be requirement for a business of our size and scope to have a physical medium."

"To think everything will be downloaded in two years, three years or even ten years from now is taking it a little bit to the extreme."

Sony released the first digital-download only console late last year in the form of the portable handheld PSPgo.  Reviews of the console were mixed, though criticisms weren't targeted at the download-only nature but rather its prohibitive cost.

With the PS3 planned to have a ten-year lifecycle, the next-generation Playstation 4 is expected to come some time after 2016.

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11-08-2010, 18:18:47

what days are you guys going, or you going for the whole event????

13-08-2010, 11:50:39

Im going to be there on Friday :)

13-08-2010, 12:20:56

that looks epic

14-08-2010, 05:34:34

i will be there seat b1-d2

14-08-2010, 06:34:08

I have throught about going on the Saturday as a spectator, with my other half.... you guys going to be there on the saturday??

14-08-2010, 07:49:47


i will be there seat b1-d2

Keep an eye open for me then dude, make sure you come and say hello.

To Hayley we are they all weekend, we are actually going early for the set up and having to take it down aswell!

14-08-2010, 07:51:20

Only one person playing out of all you gamers here on OC3D!

Blimey thought there would be more :unsure:

18-08-2010, 14:18:52

Oh come on you orrible lot!

Only a few going, gonna be missing out folks.

18-08-2010, 19:24:22

Open invitation:

Any forum member around on the saturday night, gets a free beer from yours truley...

If you buy one back Ill give you the booth babes room number ;) :D

19-08-2010, 04:22:36

I really wish I could come.. I wanna live in England :(

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