Daverost wrote:Naive? No. Informed. Sony already said they're pushing to eventually get as many different systems worth of games up and running on a single console in the future. Anything digital will theoretically be available (whether through Gaikai streaming or whatever). Pretty sure they specifically mentioned PSP as well.
Either way, if Sony pushes BC as their systems go forward (PS1 games on every system, PSP games on Vita, minis on everything, eventual PS3 streaming on PS4, etc.) then there's no reason for content to go away.
The difference between you and I is that I know what Sony said and you're just guessing.
Look, if you want to trust the words of a giant corporation that only cares about money, go right ahead. I choose not to, and instead to trust in the physical media that has yet to betray me in all the years I have used it.
And I'm sure by the time this scenario happens computers will be able to emulate the PS3.
This is a flawed assumption. We're getting close to maxing out the physical capabilities of silicon-based hardware. In about ten years, it will probably happen.
To accurately emulate a device such as the PS3, a PC would need to be like, 10 times more powerful than one. Will we reach that point with home consumer PCs before hitting the wall?
This is a very good point.
There are other problems with digital downloads too. What if I just want to take a game to a friend's house and play it? With discs, I just simply take the disc over. With DD, I have to drag over the entire console since the content is typically stuck to the system I downloaded it on, or has a download limit, etc.
What if I want to borrow a game off someone and lend them one of mine? Again, not a problem with discs, but cannot be done with digital.
What if a game turns out to blatantly suck? Again, not a problem with discs, I can sell the game on ebay and at least get some money for it. With digital, I am stuck with it.
The only advantage to digital downloads is the convenience of not having to leave your house to get them. They are completely anti-consumer in pretty much every other regard. Companies only push this method because it empowers them while heavily limiting what you can do with your "purchase".
Why some people are so eager to give up their consumer rights for such minor conveniences completely baffles me sometimes.