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.
Agreed. And I do love my physical games every once in a while, even if it's only about 20% of my collection. As Setsuna puts it, dual SKUs solution are a way safer bet.
That's exactly what I want... the correct way to make this transition is not to go all in 1 way or the other. Provide 2 different SKUs. 1 ready for physical media, 1 for digital only. Either for a lower price, or just with bigger disk space (maybe SSD) at the same price.
I've gone 100% digital this gen and I'm not going back, so the bluray drive for me is just a paperweight.
The dual SKU solution seems to be the best indeed. However, releasing a digital only console with a SSD would be lethal, I mean I don't even play that much anymore (job + night classes hell) and my PS4 1TB HDD is still always full.