NPD Preparing To Track Digital Sales This Year

Nine publishers are on board so far, and the goal is to launch a global digital sales tracking service "quickly due to the pending console launches"

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darthv721991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

NPD has been trying to get this data for some time. It would show how much of an impact digital distribution has on retail sales.

The sale of a title regardless of format will still count as a sale to the publisher/distributor. That is the overall part they are most interested in.

monkey481991d ago

Shouted no one ever

kevnb1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

What are you talking about? There is drm in some form on almost all games you can play. But more importantly it has nothing to do with the article.

ZoyosJD1991d ago

No, only publishers of thier titles or digital distribution centers like Steam, Origin, GOG, PSN, or XBL have that information.

Their numbers have been purely physical retail copies up to this point.

GreenRanger1991d ago

This is good news because the majority of Vita sales are digital downloads.

GameCents1991d ago

Majority? Really? Because according to SONY themselves, many people do not want digitally downloaded games.
"It's clear that the vast MAJORITY of the people want to go down to GameStop or Best Buy, they don't want to buy it online right now..." http://www.escapistmagazine...

GreenRanger1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

@ GameCents
Yeah, looks like I was wrong on that one.

One-third are digital downloads, according to Sony.

Hicken1991d ago

Many people don't, and many people do. Even by your own quote, though, Sony states a majority, not ALL.

And here's the thing: most people don't MIND digital; they just don't want it to be the ONLY thing. Most of what I have on Vita is digital. Most of what's on PS3 is physical. To be honest, I'd prefer it all to be physical, but sometimes, digital is okay.

Most people are probably in the same boat as me: they like some mix of physical and digital. Which is why Sony would be sure to cater to both the physical and digital markets, rather than just one.

It's good news for the Vita, because it'll give a better image of sales on the system. And even if it's not a majority, a third is still a healthy chunk of sales.

kevnb1991d ago

Good news for what exactly? If anything it would be interesting to see what steam sales do. Other than that, I could care less about sales as long as development teams are successful.

r211991d ago

Guys, I think he means indie games like Sound Shapes, Guacamelee, Hotline Miami and etc.

Kane221991d ago

how are they going to know. its not like any of these guys are gonna tell them that info.

thekhurg1991d ago

Did you even read the article? They're trying to get the publishers on board - they have nine of them already.

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