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The next PlayStation was to be all digital?

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Rumour, at one point, suggested that Microsoft’s next console would ditch physical media and opt instead for being one based solely around digital distribution.

It seems Sony had that idea too.

Usually, rumour of this nature would be laughed about – but it comes this time from the Wall Street Journal. It claims that Sony had planned to dispense with traditional optical media for its next PlayStation and go down the digital distribution route.

Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal says in the end, the plan to go digital was scrapped – because internet connection can be dodgy.

“But Sony decided against a download-only model largely because Internet connections are too inconsistent around the world, one of the people familiar with Sony’s thinking said. Because game files are large, customers in countries where Internet connections are relatively slow would be hobbled by a requirement to download games, the person said.”

The WSJ also says Sony plans to release their new console in 2013 – so maybe there will be new hardware at E3 after all.

Personally? I don’t buy it. I’d like to think Sony learned from its mistakes with the all-digital, all-failure PSP-Go. Of course if that cloud thing goes ahead, maybe Sony will just push a digital agenda like it’s done with Blu-ray (which I love) and 3D (which I don’t).

Though I do like to dabble with digital distribution, I’m just not ready to give up on physical media for my games.

Last Updated: May 31, 2012

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