Submitted by godfree 944d ago | opinion piece

Digital Versus Physical: Thoughts On Next Gen Distribution

Gamertag Radio writes: "We had a fan question in regards to buying a digital copy of a game or a physical disc copy. There are, of course, pros and cons to both sides of the argument. At the moment, we’re seeing more games offering the route of digital copies for download." (Microsoft, Next-Gen, Nintendo, PlayStation, PS3, PS4, Tech, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

jay2  +   944d ago
Well till Openreach finish fiber down my road, half's covered but not my half, it's discs for me.
MoreRPG  +   944d ago
im old fashioned so i prefer physical media
Indo  +   944d ago
As long their is a reasonable download size, I be good.
gunnerforlife  +   944d ago
it is going to be another decade or so till half the world even has 20mbps let alone have enough to download a game with a size of 100gig within 1 hour. you also have to realise that NEXT gen (not this coming Gen) we will have games being played at 4K or 8K Resolution, so its guranteed that them games will have sizes of up to 500gig. You also have to take into consideration that allot of people are Capped when it comes to how much they can download within a month.
Many-hat5  +   944d ago
Physical media for me, has to be.I want to be able to enjoy my purchased software for as long as I choose, not until someone decides to turn the server off !
1up  +   944d ago
with games getting bigger and bigger and streaming hd videos daily i go over my 175gb data cap montly, i couldnt afford downloading more then a couple of games a month. thats the only reason i really prefer physical games at this point. unless i purchase a cruddy game, then its nice to get some credit for trading it towards something more enjoyable. i just wish digital copies could be traded or givin to someone else, thats another drawback.
unchartedxplorer  +   944d ago
Until I get 100mb speed, fair prices and an ability to back my games up on another hard drive I will still be sticking to physical media
Jek_Porkins  +   944d ago
I live in the country of Florida, the best and only internet in this whole area is DSL, it's not even cable internet here! Also, I'm only allowed 150 gigs a month because there is bandwidth issues in the county. I go through between 115-140 every month and that is just with the occasinal arcade game and streaming Netflix, Hulu or a movie over Xbox Live.

Everything counts against this cap, even Youtube! So I am very against digital only, as a gamer who has been playing on consoles since the late 1980's, I like the chance to pass on these consoles to my kids and future generations. I was able to gradually let my son play video games as he grew up, he played my NES, Genesis, SNES, Super NES, PlayStation and now he's on his own Xbox 360. So I think it's important to keep what you pay for, be able to play what you paid for no matter when you paid for it.

Physical all day.
JBSleek  +   944d ago
I will be going digital because it is just more convenient for me and I lack any physical media anyway anymore. I also not crippled by ISP as others sadly are so I see no issue.

I don't resell so it doesn't matter to me.
Max-Zorin  +   943d ago
PS4: Will be a great system
Next Xbox: Will be a great system
Their fans:......................... ............................... ......
CEOSteveBallmer  +   943d ago
If Internet access is like Electricity, available anywhere then we gamers will go with digital. Up to this day not everyone has internet. another thing, If all internet speed are above 10mbps atleast then okay go with digital. If not, Physical media is the way to go. Most gamers are collectors. We want to own the game and play it "Anytime" we want. digital can do that too but we must have a very very large hard drive if back up is possible.

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