The revolution of the internet is in full swing, as is the drive on reducing our ‘carbon footprint’. With internet speeds continuing to increase, such things as downloadable movies and game demos for the current PS3 have become available. If Sony decide to insist on all PS4 content being downloadable only it would remove the need for an optical disk drive. This would also remove the cap which games have due to the finite limit of data which can be stored on a disk. No longer will games be confined to DVD or Blu Ray capacity disks, instead they can be of an almost infinite size. This exclusion of a drive will also reduce the overall price of the console, noise and power consumption
With the removal of an optical drive the console no longer requires moving parts, Sony could get far more creative with the styling of the console. You could even have a weeble console, which wobbles, but just won’t fall down!
This ability to download all content to our PS4’s HDD would vastly reduce the effect on the environment as packaging is no longer needed, games are not required to be transported around the world in vehicles, and lets face it…it even saves us walking to the shops.
So what’s your thinking on this then? I can see benefits, and drawbacks of having an optical disk drive. It always feels nice to get a game and insert it into the console for the first time, but is that really worth having a drive for it? Just look at the way music is going…pretty much all my music now is downloaded and I think PS4 games could well be too.