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Simultaneous Digital Releases for NGP - Sony

And UMD dumped for numerous reasons.

Speaking in an interview with MCV, SCEE President Andrew House has spoken about Sony’s plans for their upcoming PSP successor, the NGP. Commenting how ditching the the much-maligned UMD format in favour of Flash cards was a decision fuelled by a desire to reduce bulk, weight and the device’s power consumption, House also has spoken about how, in terms of the digital distribution revolution, Sony are planning giant strides. House states:

One thing we learnt from PSP, is that we want to have simultaneous delivery in digital and physical for NGP. Just to clarify that, all games that appear physically will be made available digitally. Not necessarily all games have to be made available physically. And having the option of a digital-only method affords more creative risk-taking, and that’s because you don’t-have that in-built risk of physical inventory.

What I’d like to see is a hierarchy of different games of different sizes. So at the high-end you’ve got these big, premium games, which by and large will be available physically because that is the most convenient way to access them. And then there’s an opportunity for digital-only, where we might see more experimentation.

Of course, House has been singing from this hymn sheet before, though it is interesting to hear the reiteration about how all games will appear digitally, a feature that the original PSP has not enjoyed.

House goes on to touch upon the logic behind PlayStation Suite and how opening up the platform should not damage the attraction of the NGP. He also reveals that, in terms of PS3 connectivity, 92% of all PS3s in Scandavavia are online.

Source: MCV

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31 Comments
  1. dnlgee
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Simultaneous releases? Will they also have identical prices or will the digital release be made available at cut price? Nope?

    Comment posted on 18/03/2011 at 23:47.
    • Kovacs
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      It’s unlikely that Sony would risk the wrath of retailers by selling digitally for significantly cheaper. There’s just no logic in that model. It may make sense for you and I, but we have to remember that Sony has to keep retailers on side or those big games won’t be stocked and, hence, won’t be sold. It’s a tricky balancing act, and one that can’t be explained by a simple: “There’s no disc, it has to be cheaper.”

      It just doesn’t work that way.

      Comment posted on 18/03/2011 at 23:57.
      • DrOf1337
        Tends to spoil major games.
        Since: Jan 2010

        TSA – saying the things I long to say every week since 2009.

        Comment posted on 18/03/2011 at 23:59.
      • dnlgee
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Sure they’ll have to keep them on side. I wasn’t thinking anything too drastic with the price different for digital download, but there _should_ be an incentive for users who were to download digitally.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 00:08.
      • XisTG
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        Never really thought of it that way; makes sense!

        Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 03:45.
      • Apnomis
        Member
        Since: Sep 2009

        It’s quite simple, they just need to wholesale digital content to etailers the same as the physical product. The reason digital copies of physical games don’t work is that the PSN store has the distribution monopoly and is forced to sell at RRP which practically no one does for physical media so you have this situation where the cheaper distribution model is at a higher price. By allowing etailers to sell them places like Play and Amazon would be able to apply the same sort of discounts they do for physical media, maybe sell them for slightly cheaper as they save on distribution costs.

        Sony could still control the content and distribution through licencing agreements to give etailers a link to the PSN store. For example you buy it from Play and Play send instruction to add it to your PSN download queue. Publishers could also have Buy Now options on the game’s website.

        As long as there is only one outlet for digital content it will never surpass physical media IMO…

        Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 11:49.
      • Maggot666PL
        Member
        Since: May 2009

        Just make both versions cheaper. They are WAY overpriced anyway.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 15:57.
      • MrSpeedyGonzales
        Member
        Since: Jun 2010

        @Apnomis that’s a genius idea. Why has no-one in the industry thought of that before. It would work so well and also (possibly) reduce prices due to that lack of distribution and making the disk in the first place.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 22:21.
  2. Deathbrin
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    In… where exactly?

    Comment posted on 18/03/2011 at 23:49.
  3. teflon
    Community Team
    Since: May 2009

    Day and date digital downloads don’t matter to me as much as the prices finally reflecting that these games are digital, and have no physical production and transportation costs.

    In other words, they need to compete with the retailers. If they can do that, then for day one purchases, I can see myself going digital. For purchases a little down the line, this becomes less likely as retailers will inevitably cut prices earlier and deeper than PSN will.

    Comment posted on 18/03/2011 at 23:49.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      It wouldn’t surprise me if the physical and download versions are the same price on release day.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 13:30.
  4. Charmed_Fanatic
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Scandavavia? Random … cant wait till xmas :)

    Comment posted on 18/03/2011 at 23:59.
    • DrOf1337
      Tends to spoil major games.
      Since: Jan 2010

      Scandinavia has high connection rates because of their region’s progressive broadband strategy – low-cost, high-speed fibre connections are commonplace.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 00:02.
    • BG Tips
      Banned
      Since: Apr 2010

      This comment is hidden.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 00:25.
    • Aquastyle
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      Scandavavia? Prepare for a viking raid Mr. Lee!

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 01:01.
    • leon
      Member
      Since: Nov 2010

      Same here roll on xmas

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 01:29.
  5. rainydays458
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    I still don’t understand how this could ever be a good business plan

    Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 00:50.
    • KwietStorm
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Why not?

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 01:10.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      yeah, why not, it seems to have worked fine for the ps3.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 08:08.
  6. TheDemocrodile
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Lets hope its something that actually happens this time, i feel so sorry for the PSPGo…..all that wasted promise *sob*

    Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 01:10.
  7. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Isn’t it kinda funny in a way how piracy seeded the age of the digital download.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 01:16.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      sorry i should have said distribution, not download.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 01:18.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      i wouldn’t say piracy brought about the rise of digital distribution, game piracy has been going for much longer than downloads have been popular, by at least a decade probably.

      su[perfast broadband and ever larger hard drive sizes have played a bigger part i reckon.

      Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 08:11.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        No, what i mean is that where game distribution is now, piracy got there first. Music, movie and game industries were all late to the party. Media was being distributed digitally on a mass scale well before any of the industries got on board.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 08:29.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        ah.
        well that’s true, hackers and pirates have always been quicker to make the most of new technologies.

        Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 18:14.
  8. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    if it will be like the ps3 with big blockbuster titles available on physical formats and the smaller more risky titles going download only then i’d say that’s a good thing.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 08:07.
  9. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    As long as there isn’t a huge price difference (like ME2 on the Store) I can see myself going digital downloads over physical ones. I just don’t like the thought of having to carry around multiple memory cards – I’m bound to loose them.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 12:46.
  10. Smallville2106
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    I agree as long as the pricing is right it will be a great plus for the NGP.
    I have a horrible feeling that the digital side will be heavily overpriced.

    Comment posted on 19/03/2011 at 13:03.

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