Earlier this month, Sony introduced slim models of its PlayStation 5 hardware. Both the disc drive and digital model will receive upgrades, including a newly announced detachable disc drive. This optional drive can be incorporated into the new slim digital PS5 model, transforming it into a console capable of using discs. However, the use of this drive will necessitate an internet connection.
Leaked images of a possible forthcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III slim PS5 bundle have sparked discussion online. Intriguingly, the box’s small print includes a line noting, "Internet connection required to pair Disc Drive and PS5 console upon startup." Following this revelation, game enthusiasts and video game preservationists voiced discontent regarding the internet requirement. Their fear is that someday, the servers to which both the console and disc drive are connected may go offline, rendering the optional accessory inoperable.
Sony’s apparent requirement of an Internet connection for initial setup of the detachable drive raises preservation concerns, particularly with its communicated “one-time” necessity. It remains unclear whether continued internet connectivity is required after the initial pairing. The PlayStation team has been contacted to provide further clarification regarding the internet connection requirement and whether constant connectivity is required after initial setup. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
The aforementioned leaked images also suggest an unannounced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III slim PS5 bundle in the works. This bundle is speculated to come with the console, a DualSense controller and the game itself. In light of the reveal, fans are eagerly awaiting official communication from the company. The Call of Duty franchise continues to be in the spotlight with recent discussions on the game’s future on Xbox Game Pass, particularly given Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard earlier in the month.
While the technological revolution continues to break new barriers, it also presents its challenges, particularly from a preservation perspective. The new detachable drive's internet pairing requirement has lit a new debate amongst gamers and preservationists about the balance between technological advancement and preservation. The discussion also highlights how legacy mediums like disc drives are still significant in the gaming ecosystem and how they are incorporated into modern designs can have lasting impacts. This situation serves as a reminder that while embracing technological advances is important, considering preservation aspects is equally critical to ensure technologies can be enjoyed by future generations. Their longevity, after all, is part of their legacy.
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