ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why Next Generation Playstation and Xbox will have Disk Drive

Updated on May 30, 2012
My Favorite Rumor Image of the 720
My Favorite Rumor Image of the 720

For a while now rumors have been flying around about the next generation Sony and Microsoft consoles - whatever they may be named (the placeholder rumors are Xbox 720 and Playstation 4). One of the predominant (and most scary) to some is the one about disk drive-less consoles. There are many reasons why this would be a bad move for Sony and Microsoft and those will be reviewed, however according to the Wall Street Journal both Sony and Microsoft have now stated there will be a disk drive in their consoles.

Why Non Disk Drive Consoles Would Hurt The Economy

If you think about the majority of game stores out there, they run on two things. First, the ability to sell games. Second, the ability to resell games people are done with. A fully online system for Sony and Microsoft would kill both of those aspects for any game selling company.

These stores are the primary points of sale for most customers even though you can digitally get copies of a lot of games these days. Most people like going into stores, and most people like the option to resell if they need/want to.

Lastly, this would hurt the economy a lot. A large amount of revenue is generated by these secondary points of sale, which goes into paying employees. If all of these game stores went out of business then a lot of people would be out of work which would mean a lot of people not buying other goods and services and so on. Gamestop alone generates about $1B every year.

Why Sony Decided to have Disk Drives

First of all, Sony needs to have a product that sells. PS3 started off bad, losing a lot of money but in the last two years has caught up with Xbox. This means that they would not want to take unnecessary risks.

Sony also has an investment in Blu-Ray - more than $100 million in 2008 alone. It also has the ability to play Blu-Ray movies which puts it ahead in some categories.

Internet itself was the final reason they said they did not want to change. Besides being too inconsistent around the world, a lot of providers impose caps. Game files are huge, and depending on location could take days to download on slower internet speeds. That would not be good for sales if most people just gave up on buying games because of giant download speeds.

Microsoft has announced similar dislike for the non-disk system but has not been as clear about it.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Danieljohnston profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Johnston 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Actually, that is a great point. Diablo 3 release slowed to a crawl of 1 MBPS, that would be horrifying if that were the same for all games that people wanted to play.

    • Sheepsquatch profile image

      Sheepsquatch 

      6 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I am an avid gamer, but due to the release of Diablo 3 that is changing. Blizzard did not have near enough server space for the amount of games it sold. Games like Diablo 3 where you have to be constantly connected to a server ruin games at this time with today's technology. Things may change for future gamers and future games, but I am stuck in the old way. I want to be able to buy a game and own it. I want to be able to play when I want, not when a company allows me to.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)