PS4 games are 50GB, Sony wants to end 'crazy' waiting times

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia Featured 24 Comments 27 Votes 2940 Views 26/02/2013 Back to News

With the PlayStation Vita dominating the PS3 in digital sales, Sony is hoping it can translate that digital philosophy to PlayStation 4, bringing an end to "crazy" waiting times as a game downloads.

Speaking with The Guardian, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that every PlayStation 4 game will be available digitally on the day of release, just as PS Vita games are.

The concern, however, is the difference in download size: while PS Vita games are anywhere between 1-8GBs in size, PS4 games are considerably large.

"The games are big, they’re 50GB," he confirmed.

So then how can Sony make the PS4 a digital console if waiting time is so long for a single game?

Yoshida said the "immediacy" of the PS Vita -- being able to turn on your Vita and immediately start playing a game -- is something Sony wants to translate onto the PS4.

"We want to get out of this madness with PlayStation 4," Yoshida began, referring to long waiting times.

"We’re making purchase available from any device, so when you’re at work, you can spend a couple of moments looking at PlayStation Store and choosing a game, and straight away it starts to download at home. It may take a couple of hours but that’s okay because you’re still at work."

But what if you're at home and you want to play your new game straight away?

The PS4 will allow instant play, similar to how you can start watching a movie once you start downloading it. Sony revealed this during its press conference last week.

Is the PS4's ability to play a game while it's still downloading enough to get you to download a 50GB game?

By Gaetano Prestia

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50 gigs is just way too big for us here in Australia unless we can get better download speeds and unlimited internet, when we can download 50 gigs in 2 hours i will be all for digital but until then its Bluray all the way for me, i have heard there is another BluRay format coming very soon and it will hold 5 times more than they do now so thats about 250 gigs now that would be a bitch to download -_-
It will take me a couple of days to download a game, and it will use most of my data allowance =_=
Blob
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This is why we're not in a 'digital future'.
Disks will be around for a very long time to come.
Good luck with that, anywhere other than the US/Japan and parts of Europe.

Australia? GTFO! Personally I'm on an unlimited plan so quota doesn't concern me. But 50GB.... oh man... that would take forever!
Depends on your speed of internet, Ultimate Cable and NBN shouldn't take too long to get that. IF the downloads are going good you could do a couple hours
Wait only I think one game I have was30gb on steam.. Why are the games going to be so big? Even skyrim wasn't that big [MOG]

M@ndyz said: Wait only I think one game I have was30gb on steam.. Why are the games going to be so big? Even skyrim wasn't that big


Next gen, better graphics etc! I bet Bethesda could have filled 50gb with skyrim if they were allowed to.
50GB decompressed and imaged doesn't sound too farfetched to me.
well if you take a look at Uncharted 2 that was 42 gigs in total
Knock knock.

Who's there?

NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK. THAT'S WHO.
lolz No way in hell would I waste my data on a game that size. I get 200GB but that includes uploads as well. I'd rather buy the disc.
Australia does have decent speeds and data allowances if your willing to pay for them Optus has speed packs which you can add on and remove with a phone call that increases speed dramatically
lol yeh but think about the common market and audience for the PS4, most enthusiasts let alone everyone else are put off by having to download that... That's crazy and unthinkable for us Australians.

Do Sony even know what our internet plans and prices are like? Someone has GOT to tell them so they can laugh
Of course they know. The meeting went down as follows:
'If they can afford a PS4, they can afford the internet plan to supplement it'
Dear god man!

Will someone think of the children!!!
instand play

iamtom said: Knock knock.
Who's there?
NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK. THAT'S WHO.



COST ANALYSIS [Rage]


sjt333 said: instand play



This is what I was going to say. Speed wouldn't matter if you could start the game up while it's still downloading, because I'm sure even average ADSL 2+ speeds would allow you to do that.
I'm not sure this instant download could work they way the advertise it. They would need to download all the framework and audio first, and then a substantial amount of the visuals(enemy models, effects, terrain). Games aren't coded in a level-by-level structure to allow for progressive downloading. Regardless it definitely won't be instant.

What is more technically viable is having access to a stream version(through Gaikai) at the same time but I am unsure how the interwebz would handle that.

Silence said: 50GB decompressed and imaged doesn't sound too farfetched to me.


Neither. I'm sure the download size would be significantly less.

Beta said:

sjt333 said: instand play


This is what I was going to say.


I believe he was more making a point of your typo.
Are digital games still more expensive than retail? I'm talking XBL and PSN, not Steam.

iamtom said: Knock knock.
Who's there?
NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK. THAT'S WHO.


/thread
Need a pretty massive HDD too then.

Milky said: Are digital games still more expensive than retail? I'm talking XBL and PSN, not Steam.



Most of the time yes.

Milky said: Are digital games still more expensive than retail? I'm talking XBL and PSN, not Steam.



On Vita it's up and down. Lots of sales on the PSN store.

iamtom said: Knock knock.
Who's there?
NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK. THAT'S WHO.


Only available in whoopwhoop atm so your post is invalid.

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