Sony Corp. will release the next Playstation console in 2013, according to a new report.
The Wall Street Journal this week claimed the successor to the Playstation 3 will include an optical disc drive following an internal discussion to release a download-only device.
Sony is said to continue using an optical disc medium due to scattered Internet reliability in global territories. In addition, typical game releases require multiple gigabytes of data, a lengthy and perhaps prohibitive download in territories with lower bandwidth.
The company in Mar. released the Playstation Vita handheld with software titles sold in both brick and mortal and digital SKUs. Digital versions sold through the Playstation Store carried a five to ten percent discount compared to the packaged SKU.
Sony is likely to carry a similar business model with the next Playstation.
Sony in May recorded a $2.8 billion loss in the Playstation division due to declining sales of console and handheld products.
For the fiscal year ending Mar. 31, 2012, the PS3 sold 13.9 million units, down from 14.3 million in 2011. It sold 1.9 million units in the quarter.
PS3 software sales increased 8.7 million units in the year to 156.6 million units.
It expects console sales to fall to 16 million units next fiscal year.