Sony number two Kaz Hirai has suggested that disc-based consoles will remain the norm in the coming years.
Speaking at CES in Las Vegas this week, Sony Computer Entertainment's chairman said (via Bloomberg): "It's very important that we continue to have a dedicated home-based console.
"Relying solely on networks to deliver content is unfortunately just not possible. It's still very difficult to have consumers download 50 gigabytes of data or more."
The executive's comments echo those he made in August 2010, when he said: "There's always going to be requirement for a business of our size and scope to have a physical medium.
"To think everything will be downloaded in two years, three years or even ten years from now is taking it a little bit to the extreme."
Hirai also told reporters that the PlayStation business will play a pivotal role in returning the wider company to profitability, and attempted to shoot down rumours of a PlayStation 4 reveal at this year's E3.