There was a time when gamers would actually have to switch discs during gameplay, because the games themselves were too large to fit on just one. Wait, I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, because that time is right now, if you’re a 360 gamer, at least.
Sony took a gamble incorporating the much newer Blu-ray optical technology in their HD console, and as far as EA’s John Riccitiello is concerned, it’s a gamble that’s paid off. He believes that the format is coming of age, and is beginning to resonate with lazy gamers who favour their games on a single Blu-Ray as opposed to spanned across multiple DVD’s.
"Interestingly enough I don’t think Blu-ray resonated much with consumers when it was first part of the package," Riccitiello said to Kotaku, discussing the illusory PSP2. "I think [Blu-ray] is resonating now in a pretty big way, because a consumer doesn’t have to buy two devices when they can get one and it’s not multiple discs for a large game, it’s one disc and the fidelity is higher. Sometimes the competitive advantage requires games to show it off to prove it’s compelling."
Recent multiplatform games that have been multi-disc on the 360, but just the one Blu-Ray on PS3 include CastleVania : Lords of Shadow, Final Fantasy XIII, and Lost Planet 2. Former Xbox 360 exclusive Mass Effect 2 was two discs, and id’s upcoming RAGE has been confirmed to be similarly split.
To be honest, even though I personally find swapping discs to be be pretty inconsequential, I think he’s right. The PS3 and its features are indubitably gaining momentum with consumers, who see it as a higher value proposition than the Xbox 360. Through discussions with distributors it’s become increasingly evident that even locally, the PS3 has become the general console of choice, with sales of its hardware and software far, far outselling the competition.
It’s a pity that the Blu-Ray drive in the PS3 is so slow though, sometimes necessitating mandatory installation, something that should have been rectified with the redesigned PS3 slim.
Source : Kotaku
Last Updated: December 8, 2010