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Every PlayStation 4 Game Will be Available Digitally
"Hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company."
Sony has revealed that it plans to make every PlayStation 4 game available as a digital download, in a similar style to the model used for the PS Vita.
In an interview with The Guardian, Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida explained that the flexibility afforded by adopting a digital distribution model would allow the company to diversify how the company prices games.
"We're shifting our platform more and more to the digital side," he explained. "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.
"The Witness will be a digital release and because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models."
When asked whether this could lead in the future to some sort of "Spotify for games" service being introduced on the PS4, Yoshida admitted that such a thing could be feasible with the help of Gaikai.
"As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we'll have more of an option to create attractive packages. So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company," he mused. "We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content – especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that's our dream."
So there you have it; if you're a fan of digitally purchasing your games then the PS4 will have you covered. If you prefer to have a physical disc-based product you can hold in your hands though, never fear; Sony's Jim Ryan told IGN that Blu-ray discs will still be the PlayStation 4's dominant delivery mechanism for games, despite a wider move towards a more connected console.
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