For those out there in the world who are clinging to the old principles of consumption, like how to buy and read a book or purchase and watch a movie, the future is a pretty bleak place. With our out-reach into digital content, people can’t help but wonder when everything will be digital, and there won’t be any type of physical media left in the world. Well, according to Kaz Hirai, Sony Computer Entertainment’s CEO, you don’t have to worry about the next iteration of the PlayStation home console going completely digital.
In a recent interview, Hirai noted that while digital downloads are great, Sony works in areas where solely relying on digitally distributed content just doesn’t make sense. He drives the point home in saying that Sony’s business will always require physical medium. And for those of you who think it’s going to happen anyway, sooner than later, Hirai points out that all software available as a digital download in the next ten years is “taking it a little bit to the extreme.”
We know that Sony’s given all digital content and distribution a shot with their PSP Go, and there’s not much debate one whether or not what was a failure for Sony. It’s been reported that it was one major reason why the company saw major losses. And considering that many physical retailers out there rely on used game sales, having a solely digital media distributor means a lack of sales and re-sale value for those places.