Yoshida Discusses PS4 Game Releases and Possible Subscription Service


Much like Sony’s current handheld system, the PlayStation Vita, games on the PlayStation 4 will be available via traditional retail means as well as through PSN as a digital download. So far there has been no word on whether or not the digital version will cost any less than the physical copy, however, if Sony intends to further the PS Vita’s ethos with simultaneous retail and digital releases, we can expect a digital PS4 game to cost roughly 10% less than the physical copy.

During a recent interview with The Guardian, Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei Yoshida had the following to say:

“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 expanded on this idea by describing potential future purchase models in which customers paid for a subscription that allowed them to access games in a manner akin to Netflix or Hulu Plus.

“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 then furthered this idea by conjecturing about possible subscription levels as well as the possibility of streaming games on-demand to the PS4 using the newly acquired Gaikai:

“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.”

At the moment, a subscription service and on-demand game streaming are both hypothetical ideas stewing away at SCE, but with the PS4’s focus on “immediacy” they are both very likely additions we may see in the future.

Source: The Guardian