Electronic Arts expects revenue from digital downloads of its games to overtake sales of boxed game software within a few years and is focussed on expanding its array of mobile and free-to-play products, its chief operating officer said.
highly doubt that, not even in music has that ever happened where digital has overtook physical copies. hell physical is actually become really popular again specifically with vinyl.
they also forget about other countries which most of their population doesnt have internet access. boxed games will be here for a very long time....
I disagree, the industry is quickly moving to a digital based marketplace. Although this is mainly with things like music, videos, and PC games, console gaming is starting to go along with the trend.
I'm going to place my bets on EA not caring about countries with no internet.
got stats mastershake?. i am sure itunes sells more copies of an album than retailers.
I prefer digital download games myself.. As long as I can back them up to a PHYSICAL hard drive and do not need an active internet connection to play them down the line.
You would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for that pesky DRM.
Well as far as US goes you are wrong about the music sales. "In the US, the world's largest music market, digital channels have overtaken physical formats to become the primary source of revenues for record companies. Globally, 32 per cent of music industry revenues come from digital sources, far surpassing the film, newspaper and book sectors. New services launched across Latin America, while in China record companies are working in a landmark partnership with the largest internet company Baidu." http://www.ifpi.org/content...
Yeah, and I expect Michael Jackson to rise from the dead and do the moonwalk at a kkk meeting.
WoW TheMAstershake is the only person on the planet that hasn't heard of iTunes which by itself sells more Digital Music than all physical music outlets. Artist 1a1 album sales = 500K Artist 1a1 first single on itunes = 2.2 million downloads Lets do an experiment: For 2 days i want u to count the number of people you see listening to music on MP3's vs. the number of people listening to music on a CD. I'm sure MP3 is gonna slaughter CD!
I don't enjoy sitting at home staring at the download screen. I like to walk out for some fresh air and head to the store when ever I feel like it.
Damn, more online passes and DLC's in the future.
I honestly believe that digital is the future. How soon, though, who can say?
It's pretty safe to say retail won't be going away anytime soon. Maybe a decade from now it'll be 100% digital.
Maybe sooner than we think with advances like 1gbps internet from Google. Hell, even if I downloaded Uncharted 2 or 3, it would take half a minute with that. I'm for it! And this is of course as long as digital delivery services could handle 1gbps throughput to thousands/millions of people.
People keep saying digital will overtake and its still no happened. Internet connections aren't ready.
I don't have a music store within 50 miles of where I live and I watch all my movies on Vudu and have a collection of shows and movies I own on their servers. A lot of movie rental places have went out of business in my region. IMO the only thing stopping the completion of the transition of DD in gaming is the cost of HDD and gaming companies making sure they have all their eggs lined up before they move. Half of my collection of 360 games I own are either on my HDD or my rights to them are on MSFT servers(don't keep them all on my HDD) MSFT points changing to direct amount is a sign of taking another step in DD.
I live in a rural village. Its great to be able to get a movie or game without travelling 4 miles to the 'local' shop.
Nothing beat the feeling of having your game box with you looking at it and saying "I own this game, its in my hands" no digital download can give you that feeling.
EA should be focusing on recouping some of their reputation back with gamers and look to address why they got voted worst company in America instead of having their head in the clouds dreaming of all that extra money from when digital downloads take over.
not on my watch, some of us are also not super rich and im perfectly fine with the 25 gb plan that i have if i go over that then i got to pay 2 dollars per gb after the 25 if it goes up and considering that games are going to get bigger in size its a hell no to digital your trying to get some people to buy lots of games well i cant see my self doing that with digital only
So says Owen Wilson <_<. Sorry it looks like him in the picture. Anyways, I like having a boxed copy of a game, but if I can get a digital copy (at least for PC) then I'm fine. Just put it onto an external hard drive and you're good to go.
In their dreams.
In the future, yes it will. How long till the switch? No idea. The benefits are huge. Less strain on the environment. Free to mass produce. Unlimited shelf space so you can find older and less popular games whenever which leads to games having a longer sales life. Your game can not become unusable. Your game is re-downloadable (generally) The main downside is internet speeds and limits however these improve every 5 years.
Agreed and well said. It is why I enjoy digital much more, although the security they use for games can rear its ugly head. I like Sacred 2's way of doing things how you can use a key twice and when you uninstall it that it can free one of the key uses back up. But it is great to have something physical in your hands. For me it just depends. Also it should bring down production costs (you would think) as for the box and discs wouldn't be needed and for it to be shipped thousands of places. And the way like you said, your game can never be lost, your key is always there, your game can never be irreparable and other things.
I see a lot of comments saying "maybe in the future" uh... future done passed you up.
certainly wont be taking over in uk with fifa 12 costing 55 pounds off store lmao silly e.a
Yeah right!, not before the price of a digital title is less than retail. Right now I'm only downloading digital on sale. Like Shazz pointed out £55 for FIFA 12, right now I can buy a new retail version for less than £15. EA is one of the worst for inflated digital prices, they might want to think twice about that before trying to grab some sizeable digital market share.
Only on PC. Never on console. They charge like £50 for a game to download..
Yep...haven't bought a single digital GAME download on any of those marketplaces and I never will unless the price is set to something I find I will pay for probably over a physical copy. xbox, origin, psn and those types of marketplaces I mean; I've bought off Steam and Amazon though. I've seen some of the prices they have for Games on Demand for the xbox live marketplace and the only thought that comes to mind for some of the games is "seriously? nah I think I'll pass or find it elsewhere for a cheaper price" and that is mostly considering a physical copy to the digital one. I will pay for what I think it's worth, or for what I can afford of course, but some prices...I won't even touch until they drop.
they won't on the psn if they stick to those bloody retarded prices. i mean who in their right mind is going to pay 50 quid for a downloadable copy of fifa?
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