Why are you assuming it will even have an optical drive?

By: Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com), April 19, 2019 12:19 pm
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Doug S (foo.delete@this.bar.bar) on April 19, 2019 10:53 am wrote:
> Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com) on April 19, 2019 3:03 am wrote:
> > I also don't much believe in 500 GB games, simply because that would require ten BD disks (or 5 UHD BD)
> > and insane installation procedure (just think about maximum BD read speed). Couple of disks at most and
> > maybe some high-resolution texture pack for people paying the monthly fee of PS+ or whatever.
>
>
> Enough people have broadband that would allow simply downloading the games that building an optical drive
> into every "PS5" would be stupid. They will still need the option, but it probably makes sense to have a
> higher cost version of the product include an external optical drive for people who lack decent broadband.

I decided not to separately mention that huge sizes are much bigger problem for downloading games, for many people, but decided not to, since that's not really relevant. On the other hand, BD speeds are so low that broadband can easily beat that, if console manufacturers decide to spend enough on download servers.

Microsoft already announced Xbox One without optical drive. We'll see what the price difference will be when the console actually arrives to stores. Sony has some motivation to distribute BD players, but I don't think that means much these days. I have no idea how much BD drive actually costs (seems to be pretty expensive), but Sony might want to introduce cheaper, driveless model just for marketing reasons.

-JLarja
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