TGC writes: Another day, another debate about whether it’s time to go digital-only with video game consoles.
If It was more like steam regarding prices and offering I could handle digital only
i love the ideal of digital only but that is only cause of steam sales. if steam didn't have those crazy sales i probably wouldn't be hooked on it.
There are a lot of factors to take in account about being digital retail only. In my case, is a robust no. I live in Colombia, and communication technologies are not exactly the best here. My internet conection is only 4Mb, wich gives me a whooping 550kb on downloading, meaning a big game (let's say a single layer bluray PS3's game) would take, woth a lot of luck, 25-30 hours in the process. That if I dedicate all the bandwith for it. Second, the world has something against us, at this point we, colombians, cant access the PSN network, unless we change the localization of the console and the PSN user to USA, for example. Even doing that, they wont accept colombian credit cards, so we're pretty f*ed here with digital distribution. So thanks, but no thanks. In a less important point, I really love the game's boxes. They're cute and the collection looks great. I used to love manuals too, but let's be honest: They've become cheap b/w photocopies in the last years.
hmm i have always been into pc gaming but i stopped caring about game boxes. i left consoles in 2011 after killzone 3 and psn went down. i have been complete digital ever since even with a stupid download speed of 190kbs.
PC is likely to go digital only within a span of possibly 5 years because it would be more accepted due to the lower prices and open platform but digital is just easier to manage and is less spinning disk hardware. Console gamers are hard to guage when a digital only future is a viable if at all so digital is likely to be an option for those who rather store their games on hard drive. What I would love to see though is when you buy a disk of a game you also get the code for the digital copy as well therefore I can keep the disk as a back up but play the game straight from my console.
i like to have my games stacked in my closet in colorful cases, the good old way.
Another day, another article and another resounding, no! Done. See you tomorrow.
I like the Idea and in a perfect world everybody would have internet access. Alas though we do not live in that world we live in a world where a lot of connections are spotty at best, I for one have no problem with digital but I see the problem for people that do not have access to the internet(or slow speeds)and those people still want to enjoy their gaming habits-disc retail is here to stay.
I think digital is the way it will go eventually but for the near future they need an alternative for the MILLIONS of gamers who don't have a fast enough connection or a connection at all. Maybe replace disks and game stores with a digital kiosk. Put in your money and save the game on a flash drive or external USB device to be taken home and plugged into your PC and/or console. I do pretty much full digital downloads on PC now and love it. No disk swapping or keeping up with a library of games. Makes life easy though when you format...it can take a while to reload everything sense games like Max Payne 3 are now 25 GB. But hey, the download time just gives you more time to do things that you want to do...like laundry...
How about giving everyone a good stable internet connection before anything else, the price for a good internet connection (10mps) is easily gonna cost me more than a thousand rand here in SA. Most of the people I know don't have internet other than their phones, even me.
Make game available both ways (regular retail and download). Since a download is pure profit for the publisher (can't be traded in, given to a friend, etc.), they should release the digital version a week earlier and make it $10 - $15 dollars cheaper. That way, people who want the case and a physical disc they can loan to friends, etc. can still get what they want as well as people without internet (or high-enough bandwidth internet), and people who are willing to give up the disk & case and ability to trade a game in or loan it to a friend get some incentives.
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