In a recent interview in The Guardian with Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida, he outlined his beliefs in Sony’s digital distribution network an how it will benefit consumers in the coming years.
We have had the opportunity to see this work in progress with the PlayStation Vita. All of the games are released via the PS Store and the majority of the time, they are available on the same day as the hard copies become available.
He stated,”We’re shifting our platform more and more to the digital side, PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc.”
Yoshida also eluded to a hypothetical situation where Sony could implement a tiered membership plan that Xbox owners would be familiar with, offering gold, silver, and platinum subscriptions. now that they have officially came out to the inclusion of Gaikai with their new system, consumers will be able to access thousands of games.
The downloadable service is something that we have seen grow to exponential results in the last few years. More people are choosing to spend their money from the comfort of their own home and at the same time. retailers are not seeing as large of a return on their yearly sales. Speaking from my own experience, all of my Vita games are digital. I don’t have the desire to make the 1/2 mile trip to the local game store when I can save the time and energy that it takes to do that boiled down to a simple press of a button.
I see this as a mixed blessing, it is going to force a change in how retailers do business. It will be great for the customers and the developers, lets just hope that the prices will reflect so.