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"
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.
About freaking time.
DRM! DRM! Shouted no one ever
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.
What they dont already
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.
This is good news because the majority of Vita sales are digital downloads.
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...
@ GameCents Yeah, looks like I was wrong on that one. One-third are digital downloads, according to Sony. http://www.gamesradar.com/p...
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.
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.
Guys, I think he means indie games like Sound Shapes, Guacamelee, Hotline Miami and etc.
how are they going to know. its not like any of these guys are gonna tell them that info.
Did you even read the article? They're trying to get the publishers on board - they have nine of them already.
This should have started in the middle of this current console gen, but better late than never I guess.
I hate NPD and sales figures on N4g because the people that comment have no stock whatsoever. It's just for fanboy wars. Console X sold 10,999 for the month. Console Y sold 11,000 for the month. WE KICKED YOUR ARSES!! LOL WUT!!
my stock is in the form of games i buy. I will agree that the posting of the sales information fans the flames but there are some with a genuine interest in how things are going. It gives a sort of insight to the industry and can actually help to predict trends. Such as if we see number of digital sales begin to exceed that of retail we can pretty much determine the digital age is on the rise. We have been in the digital age for some time but never really understood just what percentage of titles sold are actually purchased through digital distribution. i support the industry as a whole and as such that implies i support physical AND digital sales.
I wonder how, just take their word for it? MS: yeah this week we sold 1 billion copies of Halo 4
Great news. Most of my Vita library is made of digital purchases. It's good that NPD may be able to track the digital marketplace as well as the physical.
oh this would've been sweet if they did this when DmC was released
Meh, I try not to concern myself with such things. Nobody ever cared how many copies a game sold when I was growing up, why do they now? I also think its funny they don't think digital distribution will overtake retail... Have they looked into music and movies?
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