It wasn’t mentioned in the long-drawn-out Sony PlayStation 4 announcement, but the new PS4 has been confirmed to be “Blu-ray based. The same as the PlayStation 3.”
We guessed that Blu-ray would be included, but the 2 hour long presentation didn’t make this clear. We were told that the PS4’s goal was to have “Everything, Everywhere!” indicating a huge emphasis on streaming technology. Streaming games from your PS4 to your PS Vita, as well as streaming to another friends house so they can help you defeat that boss battle you can’t get past. But what about the physical media?
Perhaps Sony also thought it was clear: the only good answer to large graphically intense games has to be Blu-ray disc! With the invent of video games on Blu-ray gone are the days of embarrassing multi disc titles on Sony consoles. “The new FF game is how many discs?!?” a common exclamation amongst DVD and CD based games. It’s still a sigh of displeasure when an Xbox 360 title has more than one disc required to play.
Sony has clarified that the PlayStation 4 will indeed continue to use Blu-ray for physical media in an interview with Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida. He is asked directly about there being no mention of physical media on the PS4 during the announcement. His reply? “Oh yeah. It’s going to be Blu-ray based. The same as PlayStation 3.”