Are the current generation of gamers really ready to abandon physical media? Better yet - are we even able to? [MMGN]
I like my Physical media, if it goes all digital I'm personally quit gaming as my main hobby and play only the games I can't live without.
Its simple, some people wont switch no matter how you try to make them.You don't want to lose these consumers, so a physical medium will always be available to them. Why do you think CD's are still being sold? And book stores are still opening up? Because people (like me) don't want digital things. Personally don't think video games can withstand digital yet, and next generation will be a transition to it more than anything. You probably wont see "Digital only" models hitting till the middle-end of next generation. Internet connections still suck in a majority of area's, reliability, and above all else, entitlement. I still play "unpopular" games that released years ago....how do I know those titles will still be available to "stream" ? So I would have paid 60 dollars to rent it? Look at servers shutting down....the recent lists come out and I still have interest in playing a lot of them....
When online servers are shut down, they're shut down because, regardless of if anyone is playing that game or not, those servers have to be paid for. So for an unpopular game, it makes sense to close the servers down since they're not getting much use. Whereas when it comes to streaming services, the server gets used as long as any game is being streamed on it. So even if there was an unpopular game that was only played once in a blue moon, they wouldn't take it down because other games can still use that server. Having the unpopular game in their library isn't costing them anything aside from storage (which is relatively cheap).
The main two things holding it back. Slow average download speed & just as important download caps.
Its been confirmed that next generation will have physical media. I know the companies want digital so it can be 100% profit, but the internet isn't good enough for that. Also, more and more ISP's are giving bandwidth limits to prevent piracy and for other reasons. I think we'll see more of that, and actually less talk on digital only games in the future.
Late to the party to debate something that was never even considered
I dont think retail chains would like it either.
Not everyone can afford the Internet. This would be hurtful to developers and publishers alike.
Its all about streaming soon downloads and physical copies will die and so will pc gaming and having to upgrade hardware.
Yep and publishers having all the power and doing whathever they want. We already know that the video games industry is abusive. Imagine what will happen when we wont be able to fight against them! Expect them to take down games to force us to buy sequels!
Current streaming services have a LONG ways to go before they become standard. I couldn't imagine playing online with OnLive, getting games to work offline with little lag is hard as is. Your talking about taking initial lag to the user, and stacking it on top of lag of playing online.
They already said that they're not going all digital.. Can this thought please die? It's too many places where internet it VERRRRRY SLOOOOW so they won't make consumers go through this. That's the same thing that Capcom did with the Street Fighter X Tekken DLC. Capcom put it on the disk so that people with the super slow connections will be able to just buy an unlock and not have to wait to jump in and play. I think it was genius, everyone else didn't think that far out or just went with the crowd. All in all, all digital isn't going to happen
"Capcom put it on the disk so that people with the super slow connections will be able to just buy an unlock and not have to wait to jump in and play." How slow does a connection have to be to justify what Capcom did? And if your connection is so slow that you can't even DL extra characters then you have no business playing a fighting game online. "think it was genius, everyone else didn't think that far out or just went with the crowd." Genius? Hey let’s put content already on disk and charge people to unlock it. I'm sure someone out there will put a spin on our greed and defend this practice. *enter Tonester925* I can assure you slow connection had NOTHING to do with what Capcom did. Here's an idea, how about I go to your place, lock the fridge and charge for the content that is already in your fridge. GENIUS! This is basically what Capcom did to the consumer. If they were so concerned about slow connections then the characters should have been there unlocked and ready from the start.
I can see that they have offended you with a video game. lol Have you been to third world countries? Have you been out of state? Do you have a Dial Up Connection? And what does playing online have to do with anything? lol Again this is a video game. *Say it with me now* There are so many factors that can play a part in this situation considering internet connection. This was to benefit everyone instead of just a select few.
So tell me Sir Genius champion of the common people, why charge for the extra content? If Capcom were considerate and thinking ahead why lock the finish content and sell it off? They could have easily just had these characters unlocked for those out of state or third world girls and boys to play and be happy right? I know you wont answer that because you didnt in your reply. LOL What does playing online have to do with anything? Well considering that we are talking about ONLINE CONNECTION and places that have "VERRRRRRY SLOOOOW" internet as you pointed out I think it has everything to do with it. So many factors? Wow that sure doesn't stop the majority of other companies who DON'T store locked content on disc and sell later.
it won't go digital because there are well over 5 million gamers who are out in the middle of the countryside with little or no internet, but they buy physical copies of games often. I was one of those without net living out in the country, if anyone who follows me notices my 2 year absence, that was why. Yes companies want to profit more, but they also don't want to alienate a large group of potential customers.
as i prefer physical always, only way id jion the digital age if the prices were drastically altered i mean steam is the only reason i somehow plan to get into pc gaming as equal as my console gaminng because of the cheap prices that is when i can accept digital in that regard otherwise i will not buy a few 60 dollar game at a time for something that does not exist in front of me know what i mean?
PC digital is different to me because you can make backups.
Somethings got to give on one end or the other. As the cost of development goes up, developers have to save somewhere. Digital provides a big savings. They have to keep making disc for regions of the world that don't have decent Internet. But in areas where a large number of their consumers are digital might be the way they have to go. So we have to accept higher prices, a few engines license for most games or digital. Maybe they will sell Limited Edition copies with disc for $10 more. People need to get ready for it. All digital will eventually come.
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