Looks like EA finally understands what we’ve been talking about for a while now: that, in just a few years’ time, we’ll look back at disc-based media (here, video games) and be all, “Man, how quaint.” Peter Moore, who’s the president of EA Sports (no minor position, that), called the disc-based distribution model a “burning platform,” and that companies are either staring in the face of “probable” death or “certain” death, depending on how they want to go about things.
Moore was speaking at a digital media conference when he said what he said.
And that’s what makes the PSP Go such a punch in the gut. Had Sony ponied up for a proper Wi-Fi connection (802.11g or higher) then you’d have a mean little system there. Well, a potentially mean little system, provided the software was there. (I’m not saying that it’s not there, just that it needs to keep being there. Yeah.) But maybe Sony was looking at it as just something to test the waters with, what do I know?
The fact is, it’ll soon make zero sense to want to go to the store (or wait for the UPS man to bring you your Amazon order) when you can just download (or stream) all your junk. That’s the idea, of course. Who knows what forces will see to it that the distribution model fails.