PS5 and Next Xbox Will Still Use Discs - Former PlayStation Boss

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We’re almost five years out since the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One. What this means is that their successors are on the horizon—even if they don’t launch any time soon, they’re on the cusp, in active development, and will be out by 2020 or thereabouts, presumably.

What will these new consoles look like? One point of speculation has often been that they may move to a digital only model, eschewing physical media entirely. However, according to Andrew House, who formerly used to lead Sony’s PlayStation division, that doesn’t seem likely. Speaking at the GamesBeat conference (via TechRadar), House revealed that he was of the opinion that both these consoles will still use discs, mostly because consoles continue to break into developing markets like India and China, where physical media still reigns supreme.

“I don’t have any firm knowledge on this, but my sense is that you will see the disc around in the industry for a while. If you’re going to tap into some of these [developing] markets, then allowing for that more traditional physical purchase model as an option is probably no bad thing,” he said.


In spite of this, House revealed that he expects game streaming to nonetheless play a major part in the next generation of consoles.

“If you look back at console gaming history, there are certain inflection points that allow for the industry to be upended and for new participants to emerge,” he said. “One of those is when you have a wholesale shift in the distribution method. In content-based industries, that is what is creating barriers to entry for people to come in.

“So, other than the technical challenges, there’s no reason why game streaming can’t be present in games in the same way that we have seen in the music and film and television industries.”

Sony, of course, has already got PS Now as a streaming and delivery solution, which may be informing House’s opinion and take on this matter a little. Whether or not game streaming ever actually catches on, owing to the unique challenges that the interactivity of video games pose, remains to be seen.

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MazePosted:

Irresponsible It sucks with xbox one , you buy the disc and still have to install it. You really need to buy an external hard drive tbh.


Yeah this is true. The next consoles NEED to have a lot of intergrated storage. Whether it be a 2tb hard drive standard, or multiple intergrated hard drives, it needs to happen if they plan on keeping games as big as they are/4K

MikePosted:

i dont see a crazy need to remove this anytime soon

GeostormPosted:

It sucks with xbox one , you buy the disc and still have to install it. You really need to buy an external hard drive tbh.

MasproPosted:

MrMw209 Im glad theyd still be using discs as downloading everything would be a pain


You have to still download everything now even with the disc.

MrMw209Posted:

Im glad theyd still be using discs as downloading everything would be a pain

DecyPosted:

Disc tray doesn't even work on my xbox one.. + i have my blu-ray player to watch stuff. Don't really bother me either way lol.

MazePosted:

MushroomElm
Maze Good because my consoles are my only entertainment systems. I would have no other way to watch DVDs lmao...


Oh yeah, buy a $500+ console, instead of a $50 blu ray player?

But really, with how games are these days, discs are almost needed now. Some games are 60+GB, and if games were just online then you'd have to sell 2Tb+ as a standard in the system, because no one wants to load only 5 games at a time really.

Edit 1: Here's a nice bluray player. $49.99 USD and as long as you don't abuse it, it'll last longer than 5 years before you have to think about upgrading..
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-BD-J5700-Blu-ray-DVD-Player-with-Wi-Fi-Streaming/43992425?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227031835875&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=60190147616&wl4=pla-107158718696&wl5=9027194&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=43992425&wl13=&veh=sem

You're getting things completely wrong.
I don't have to buy a DVD player if my console has one, simple as that. If the next generation has a disc tray, I'll continue to not have to buy one. Why waste money on something an Xbox can do? Pointless.

MushroomElmPosted:

Maze Good because my consoles are my only entertainment systems. I would have no other way to watch DVDs lmao...


Oh yeah, buy a $500+ console, instead of a $50 blu ray player?

But really, with how games are these days, discs are almost needed now. Some games are 60+GB, and if games were just online then you'd have to sell 2Tb+ as a standard in the system, because no one wants to load only 5 games at a time really.

Edit 1: Here's a nice bluray player. $49.99 USD and as long as you don't abuse it, it'll last longer than 5 years before you have to think about upgrading..
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-BD-J5700-Blu-ray-DVD-Player-with-Wi-Fi-Streaming/43992425?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227031835875&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=60190147616&wl4=pla-107158718696&wl5=9027194&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=43992425&wl13=&veh=sem

MazePosted:

Good because my consoles are my only entertainment systems. I would have no other way to watch DVDs lmao...

PotionPosted:

Honestly I don't see optical media going away from consoles for the next 2-3 generations because of blu-ray movies and such. I will applaud Nintendo for moving to cartridges for the Switch though,