PS4: Blu-ray discs are the “primary delivery mechanism”

Monday, 25th February 2013 02:01 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan has said discs aren’t going away any time soon, despite the PlayStation 4′s emphasis on digital content delivery.

“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,” the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO 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.”

Ryan said Sony has significant interests in territories where an all-digital focus is impractical.

“If you go down to Southern Europe, where we have very big and important businesses, it can take you 3 days over a standard internet connection to download a file of the size, and that’s not fun,” he said.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shihei Yoshida has promised every disc-based release will also be available digitally, so it looks like you’ll have a choice of formats for the coming generation.



  1. Dragon246

    Choice is good. But I hope retail games are reduced in cost for digital release.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Does the registration process have any sort of spam bot blocker? It’s always these same damn, poorly written messages.

    “just before I looked at the check which had said $4315, I have faith that my friend woz actualie earning money part-time at their computer.”

    “there uncles cousin”

    Seriously, that’s just weak…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    If “poorly-written” was a criteria for blocking users we’d lose 99% of you.

    We smack and bam the spammers whenever we can. The posts usually don’t stay on the site for more than an hour, except on weekends.

    Believe it or not, spammers use a bunch of tricks to bypass spam checkers! I know, I was shocked too.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. salarta

    I’d think a filter of some sort could be set up for any time that BIT whatever site pops up in posts, but then if there’s no way of setting it up to only happen to brand new users, I could see some people getting banned for talking about it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    My problem wasn’t with people who can’t write, just bots that can’t. Also, I get that they’re often intelligent enough to bypass security protocols (yet not fully grasp the English language) it has just been happening so frequently that I started to think your registration process didn’t have even a simple spam bot blocker.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. manamana

    @Brenna oh that was good, that was really good. :-D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    Would it not be effective to have the system identify tell-tale signs in a post that paints them as spam, (“$xxxx” for instance) and send posts containing such, off for review, and probable discarding? The rubbish is still “posted” so the bot reports its task accomplished, but the comments are left clean of the spam.

    #7 2 years ago

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