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.”
That is exactly what I asked myself about a month before my Playstation 3 hard drive crashed on me. While I have always been cautious about my computer back-ups and archiving precious documents I never spent time thinking about all the media files I keep on my PS3. Then one day my Playstation 3 hard drive crashed and all my content was gone! I had years of movies, music and photos accumulated and it was now all gone. I was upset about this and wondered why there was not a very easy way to back up your Playstation 3.
So the next day I came into the DIGISTOR offices and spoke to some of our design engineers wondering why there was not a simple and inexpensive way to backup your Playstation 3? It ends up our awesome engineering team already had a solution they had been using internally and testing was nearly complete! There had been a lot of talk about the value of an external media and backup drive for Playstation 3, but we were not sure of the markets interest level of such a product. I asked our lab for one of their prototypes and sent some home with our employees to use. The conclusion was that this DIGISTOR Playstation 3 hard drive was very easy to use and we thought our customers would also enjoy the ability to easily back-up their entire PS3 operating system. Once we had completed our development process we put the new product for sale online and at a few of our distributors to see if our customers agreed. We were pleasantly surprised to see how many people had the same problem as I did and with no other easy-to-use inexpensive solution on the market, our PS3 backup drive took off!
You can now back up your entire PS3 using the Playstation backup utility to the DIGISTOR™ Hard Drive for PS3 and also play back video files – any standard or high definition Divx or MPEG files (with no copy protection and < 4GB). Completely portable powering off of USB with no A/C adapters needed.
View photos and images using the PS3 Photo album rendering system, as well as Listen to your audio files, complete with album art (files with no copy protection).
When we first released this product a few years back, it was just an idea our engineers thought would help a few people. Now we have extended the models to include Xbox 360 and PS3 both at 500GB & 1TB models based on customer demand. This is a very easy to use product that will give you an extra layer of security for all of your media files stored on your gaming device, and we learned something very important: We learned to build products we think are cool and solve a problem, regardless of how much perceived value is in such a solution. Do yourself a favor and make sure and take care to back-up all your media files or your entire PS3 OS before that hard drive crashes!