Every single PS4 game will be released digitally, while only some will be released on disc.
The truth that physical releases are probably already in the minority on PS3 (when smaller PSN releases are factored in) is often forgotten, but still – this stark statement of intent from Sony is certainly significant.
“I believe it's very important for the platform to have a wide variety of developers making things that are unique and creative,” Sony worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told The Guardian.
“We're shifting our platform more and more to the digital side – PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc.
“[Jonathan Blow’s] The Witness will be a digital release and because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models.”
The real question is whether Sony will choose to make its digital releases competitive with retail. At the moment games tend to be sold at full RRP online, while the UK’s retailers will discount this significantly – particularly online.
If this unbalance is addressed then it will be a further nail in the coffin for physical distribution.