Digital only consoles might be a bad bet even for next gen consoles, as digital only still has bad press.
However, we could start seeing digital only, cheaper models this gen. A 200$ digital only ultra-slim PS4 and 250-300$ PS4 ProSlim for holyday 2018 could definitely happen.
I would love to see that. I have only used the disk drive in my PS4's to see if they work. I am all digital on every medium. A cheaper, slimmer, quiter digital only PS4 Pro would be an great reason to retire the day one edition to the bedroom.
There is definitly a risk in even releasing both a digital only and physical media based console next gen. The safest bet is to stick with a physical device at launch. Even if physical is only 20 - 30% of game sales, those will most likely be sales to the core gamers, and they can tear a company down if they don't get what they want. See PS3, PS Vita, and XBO for examples.
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