Sony, maker of the PlayStation 3 entertainment system, admitted that it toyed around with the idea of making an online-only (download-only) console, but ultimately decided against the idea.
This mean if plans went through, the potential "PlayStation 4" wouldn't have had any optical drives for utilization of tangible media.
The flirtation with dropping the optical drive by Sony underscores the rising importance of online networks in the video game industry.
This allows console users to download games, television shows and music without the need for disks or cartridges.
Sony decided against a download-only model largely because Internet connections are too inconsistent around the world.
Game files are relatively big and in parts of the world that has relatively slow Internet connections, this would be crippled by a requirement to download games.
Leaving the option for utilization of both forms of media, tangible and downloadable, Sony would optimize the new consoles potential.
Still no word on if the new console would debut in 2013. With E3 just around the corner, we'll find out some of the rumors or all are true, or if they were unfounded.
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