In transitioning to the next generation of consoles, it was believed that the delivery method for video games would be transitioning to solely a digital download model. With the recently announced PS4, Sony has now come forward to state that digital downloads will not be the primary method of delivery with the PS4, Blu-Ray discs will still be the dominant delivery method.
As reported by IGN on Feb. 23, even though Sony has confirmed that every PS4 title will be available as a digital purchase, disc-based delivery will still be the primary delivery method used. "Clearly, and this applies not just to games but to pretty much every form of entertainment, there is a trend to increased digital consumption, and that is happening now on PS3 and will continue and will probably accelerate on PS4," he told IGN. "But the primary delivery mechanism for the big games on the PS4 platform will continue to be Blu-Ray discs, for the foreseeable future."
Going into further detail, it is explained that major first party titles are encouraged to use the majority of space that is available on the 50 GB Blu-ray discs that are used, some of these titles take up 45 GB. When you take this amount of data into perspective, Internet service in many areas will require an extended amount of time to complete a download of this size. “There are certain gating factors in terms of internet infrastructure that mandate that the disc-based solution is going to be the primary delivery mechanism for the foreseeable future."
For those interested, you can view a few photos of the PS4 conference in the slideshow above this article.