Sony’s president of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has been confirming a lot of details about the features of the PS4 since its launch. That includes the fact existing PSN games can’t be transferred to PS4, PS3 controllers won’t be compatible with the new console, and that the machinewill function offline.
Now Yoshida has confirmed another feature we have already seen rolled out with the PS Vita: every PlayStation 4 title will be made available for download. So every boxed game at retail will have an equivalent download version. He didn’t go so far as to say the download will be available on release day for every boxed game, but I think that’s safe to assume.
What Yoshida also confirmed was that Jonathan Blow’s The Witness looks to be a download release only, but he used that as an example of how Sony intends to support indie developers. By releasing such games as a download it saves on a lot of cost and allows for much cheaper price points–even as low as a “couple of dollars.”
Download versions of every game will do nothing to help GameStop’s share price, but at least it’s not a download-only console. All we need to understand now is exactly how Sony intends to handle used games on the PS4. Will it be an open market just like the PS3, $269.96 at Amazon or will attempting to play a used title incur some kind of additional payment to Sony to unlock the game? Think Project Ten Dollar