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Sony and Nintendo are getting it right, so why can't Microsoft?

Sony and Nintendo both offer day-one downloads of select new releases - even including major titles like Assassin's Creed III. Why can't Microsoft get it right, too?

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Blankman851353d ago

My theory? Trying to keep retailers happy. It's easier to negotiate display preference with retailers when your platform does not compete with them via digital sales.
That's my theory and not an excuse for them. I couldn't be bothered either way, data costs way too much in South Africa for full game downloads to be viable for me.

The_Con-Sept1353d ago (Edited 1353d ago )

Understanding the consumer is crucial in this business. In fact in any business. This is simply what consumers have always wanted and have been enjoying thoroughly on Steam. It is a no brainer to be honest.

Besides Wal Mart won't sell cd's unless the producer agrees to Wal Mart's terms. That may only be for the music industry but it's not a far cry from this happening to games.

nukeitall1352d ago

That is why I don't think MS cares to release digital only games. That market is rapidly growing, but the demand for it is still far far far far outpaced by retail disc sales.

NeverEnding19891353d ago

Microsoft seemed to be leading when it game to full game digital downloads earlier this generation. I remember this distinctly because PS3 fanboys swore that digital downloads would NEVER replace the physical format.

I was impressed to see recently released games already available for download on the PSN store. Good for gamers I guess, but this will bring about the death of game stores much quicker than anticipated.

I'm good with digital downloads, but I want to see more Steam like sales on Xbox Live and PSN (looks at full priced 5 year old map packs)

sjaakiejj1353d ago (Edited 1353d ago )

You seem to remember things incorrectly..

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1...

"In late 2007, Sony began releasing select PlayStation 3 titles as direct downloads. It was the first current-generation console to do so. "

As a side note - Digital versions of the game won't replace retail copies for a long time. We don't have enough bandwidth for it to be feasible, nor will we in at least the next 10 years.

NeverEnding19891352d ago

The link you provided supports everything I have said. I didn't say Xbox 360 was first, I said Microsoft placed more of an emphasis on DD earlier on this gen. SONY has only just begun releasing games digitally on the first day as of September of this year, following Nintendo's lead.

http://www.engadget.com/201...

Thanks for the tip tho:)

Knight_Crawler1352d ago

@sjaak - you may now call NeverEnding Father.

ALLWRONG1352d ago

It is true PS3 fanboys talked up Blu-Ray and now they defend digital downloads. They tend to flip flop like that. It's the same when they say "we don't play sales" then send you PM's talking about sales.

sjaakiejj1352d ago

DD's are shitty on consoles in general - PS3 allows the use of third party hard drives but games are like 25GB each. 360 only allows for insanely expensive proprietary drives, though games take up less space.

In either case, you'll be off much cheaper if you just buy games from retailers.

As for your statement about Ps3 fans flip flopping - that's not something exclusive to them. 360 and Nintendo fans do the exact same thing ;). Remember the whole "Ps3 has no games" arguments?

stone_cold1353d ago

simply because Microsoft sucks

dennett3161353d ago

Of course they do....go back to sleep little one, those big bad other consoles won't hurt you any more. Oh! I see you've wet your bed again, naughty boy.
Now go ask Mummy and Daddy to buy you a 360 so you can get some perspective and stop being a silly little fanboy.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1352d ago (Edited 1352d ago )

I think they are giving xbox users what they want or ask for. Making multi player free would be a bad move sice this is not what they ask for.

Hey MS is successful so I can't tell them to do anything different. Not many new AAA IP's since gears 1. They won't allow cross play with portal 2 with steamworks. They make gamers pay for some free pc content like on l4d http://www.planetxbox360.co... & minecraft.

Who else can come to e3 and show off dash boards for 10 mins? & skip all the other gaming events? they get a very special love from xbox gamers.

This is the future.
http://latimesblogs.latimes...

But xbox gamer are a weird bunch or they have to many average joe casual gamers. imo.

dennett3161353d ago

If you call releasing games at £59.99 for download "getting it right", then I suppose you could say Sony do.

I wouldn't though, I think that's a colossal rip off by the various publishers. Sony let them set the prices, I think they need to change that policy and make it fall at least in line with physical copies....if not cheaper. Only then will downloading really take off.

As it is, they take advantage of the lazy or those unwilling to shop around for good deals. Fair enough, it can be played on another console via content sharing, but it's still a lot of money for a single game.

sjaakiejj1353d ago

"As it is, they take advantage of the lazy or those unwilling to shop around for good deals. "

Then stop being lazy and search for good deals. I do it with anything I buy. To be fair, those people really aren't Sony's, Microsoft's or Nintendo's problem. In fact, those people earn them extra money - why would they change it?

dennett3161353d ago

It's kind of like taking advantage of a slow kid, it just doesn't seem right. Then again, if people are willing to pay such amounts, I can hardly blame publishers for not changing it. It just seems to me they'd get more sales if the content was much more reasonably priced.

sjaakiejj1352d ago

I agree that they may earn more, but it's a tricky market at the moment due to limited bandwidth. The question is, how many people are willing to buy digital copies of games, and how many are able to?

Given that the market is significantly smaller than that of retail copies, the higher prices may be out of necessity, in an attempt to regain the money they lost in making it digitally available.

All that is speculation of course, there might be entirely different reasons for it

HmongAmerican1352d ago

I know. How can they rip us off when there is no physical disk loyalty fees, but we still pay 60 for a digital copy. Just wait for a price drop seen right to me. It would be cool if PS+ members get a discount with new releases.

Cam9771352d ago

Because they suck and are driven by money. If you disagree with that ten you're blinded by fanboyism.

RivetCityGhoul1352d ago

every company is driven by money dude. your the blinded one.

NeverEnding19891352d ago

Well not SONY, they're blinded by trying to get money again

ALLWRONG1352d ago

I guess Sony does everything out of the kindness of their corporate hearts.

Right?

Cam9771351d ago

• Do Sony have ads on the XMB?
- No.
• Do Sony charge you for PSN?
- No.
• Do Sony change their focus from gaming to a more profitable media-based service?
- No.

No.

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