Interested in learning what's next for the gaming industry? Join gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry this October at GamesBeat Summit Next. Register today.


PlayStation 3

Sony considered opting for a download-only format for its next-gen console but ultimately decided against it, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Embracing the rapid rise of Internet-delivered content ensures a degree of future-proofing upcoming hardware, but Sony’s popularization of Blu-ray support over HD-DVD already provides enormous benefit. Still, notable developers continue exploring hardware possibilities.

Sony introduced the Blu-ray format with the 2006 launch of the PlayStation 3. Such disks allow for speedy retrieval of data from memory and an ability to access and display outstanding graphics. A disk-less console would likely cost a lot less to manufacture and it could capitalize on download technology. But Sony decided against the disk-less solution because many parts of the world don’t have adequate bandwidth.

Event

MetaBeat 2022

MetaBeat will bring together thought leaders to give guidance on how metaverse technology will transform the way all industries communicate and do business on October 4 in San Francisco, CA.

Register Here

Sony declined to comment on WSJ’s report.

GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Learn more about membership.