Retail is important for the success of future console hardware, according to Sony Computer Entertainment UK boss, Fergal Gara.
Sony recently acquired online streaming service Gaikai, but that doesn’t stem its support for retail stores that sell physical media, even in light of almost 300 speciality stores closing in the UK alone.
“Coming down off that 2008 peak has been a steep ride for many and has involved fallout on many levels, not least of all retail.
“So what we’re seeing is not really a surprise, a bit of a readjustment if you like and it isn’t just happening to the specialists on the High Street. There is a bit of a reappraisal around space and the commitment from other retailers.”
Mr Gara believes that retailers need to “maintain their interest in servicing the [retail] space”, as platform holders will once again look to service their market with new hardware and software.
By Gaetano Prestia - Bio