The most dramatic moment of this year's E3 (and any E3 for the past few years, arguably) came when Sony's Jack Tretton took a jab at Microsoft's game licensing policies live on the press conference stage, forcefully declaring that disc-based games would work just like they always have on the PS4. But even though Sony's policies were marketed as a sharp contrast to Microsoft's, Sony President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said the decision was not made as a direct response. In fact, it was set in stone well before any Microsoft announcement.
"We didn't make a policy decision because some other company is doing something," Yoshida said in a roundtable discussion attended by Ars. "It's not that easy. Developing a system, it takes time and effort. We always planned [this]. We made this decision way back that we're going to treat the disc games like PS3 because there are lots of people who still like the ability to share games or lend in the office library. That's part of the way people enjoy games."
"We expect more people will gradually shift to all-digital, but it isn't going to happen overnight," Yoshida continued. "There are some parts of the world that still don't have robust Internet infrastructure. We want to do business worldwide, so it's very important to provide people what they want."