This piece on the News of the Week got me thinking about the presentation that Anoop Desai from EA gave back at the beginning of the term. While we aren’t quite yet at the point where games are offered as a streaming service via a cloud system (similar to what Netflix did for television), there’s no doubt that we’re on the road to ever greater digitalization.
Discs have already basically been entirely removed from the PC gaming market. My computer doesn’t even have a disc drive – I just download all of my games through online markets like Steam and Origin. Now it looks like that is becoming the case for traditional consoles as well. I wonder if they’ll stop including disc drives in consoles at some point. If Apple was willing to remove something as physically small as a headphone jack from the iPhone because they reckoned it was worth it for optimizing other features, then maybe Sony and Microsoft will think the same of the disc drive. After all, removing the disc drive would free up a lot more space for raw computing power.
On the other hand, there was something so satisfying about running to the game store when something new and exciting was released, and having the actual physical copy in your hands…