The unveiling of Sony’s PS4 (well, the unveiling of the controller and the sensor bar) finally gave gamers something big to look forward to besides a sure-fire fat reduction pill or a carpal-tunnel thumb cure.
Sony, however, hasn’t given us all the details about the new console because they, like all major console companies, love throwing out little crumbs to keep the masses hungry and then throw them a bone just before they collapse. For instance, we still don’t know what the actual console even looks like but we do know that every game you can play on it will be available digitally from their grade-A titles such as their sequels to Killzone and InFamous to indie games like The Witness.
Sony President Shuehi Yoshida told The Guardian: “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. 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.”
That means the new console won’t just have a powerful graphics engine to power its games. It will also have a faster connection and a pretty fast download time compared to the PS3 since they are putting all of their titles on their PlayStation Store. If Nintendo and Microsoft match this new trait of gaming, we could see the traditional game store completely disappear as we know it. The stoner unemployment rates would skyrocket and single-handedly send the stock price of Frito-Lay and Visine into the toilet.