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Submitted by MakiManPR 433d ago | news

Sony: “Physical Games Will Be Around A Lot Longer”

“Physical games will be around a lot longer than some people think,” according to Sony’s SVP of PlayStation brand marketing, Guy Longworth. (PS Vita, PS3, PS4)

Relientk77  +   433d ago
Good, glad to hear it
Tony-A  +   433d ago
I will always find it more exciting to actually go out and purchase a physical game than it would be to purchase and download a game on a digital storefront. I don't know... maybe I just like the social aspect of doing that. It feels lonely doing it digitally and I always feel like I'm doing something I shouldn't. haha

Anyway, I said that in 2009 when they said that half of video game revenue would be digital by 2012, and I say it again a year after their projections.
Kryptix  +   433d ago
There's also a good feeling of buying a game from the store, getting back home, popping it into your console of choice then start playing it. Like all that time getting back home to play the game feels somehow rewarding. And owning the physical copy feels like a trophy added to your other games so you can see it when you're taking out a different game. Also keeping them makes you feel like a collector, that someday these physical copies will be worth a lot of money and makes you feel rich cause you own them. I don't know, there's all kinds of benefits to owning the physical copy and I'm glad Sony knows.
TheHybrid  +   433d ago
I know right?? Personally, I still love riding my donkey to work
Army_of_Darkness  +   433d ago
@thehybrid
you still ride your donkey?? gezz man, get a flying dragon like everybody else. Much easier to pick up your games within your village.
Inception  +   433d ago
Ok call me a freak, but one of the reason why i love physical games is because i can do the 'ritual' of smelling out the flavor of brand new games XD

You know, when you open the seal, open the case, smell that good flavor, and inhaled it...hmm....ahhhhhhhh....amazi ng....okay, i lost myself a bit there :P

With download games i can't do this 'ritual' XD

But i agree with Tony-A about being lonely when doing digital. And boring too when waiting the process.
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nix  +   433d ago
@inception: hahaha... nothing beats that feeling when you unwrap the disc and smell the fresh smell of printed book inside... nothing q:

but on topic, im assuming sony is saying that because they really learnt it the hard way with PSP GO. im ok with downloading for Vita probably because they are tad smaller in size.

Plus, its fun to share discs around.
MysticStrummer  +   432d ago
Yeah I love the ritual of going to pick up a new game. I swing by the game store and pick it up, then roll through a fast food place and grab some fuel, usually taking off the game's shrink wrap while I'm in line and flipping though the manual. Downloads are a nice option , but a physical copy is still king.

@Hybrid - I'm sure you thought the donkey comment was clever, but it's worthless as an analogy.
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3-4-5  +   433d ago
People like things/stuff. As long as there are physical objects outside of gaming being bought and collected, so will video games.

They are Art and collectors items to/for a lot of people so there will always be a market for it.
HammadTheBeast  +   433d ago
Well... true in both ways. They last longer, it's what the majority of consumers want, and they don't disappear as soon as some servers shut down.
PSjesus  +   433d ago
Sony did their research by digital only (PSP go) and it was a fail
papashango  +   433d ago
if you mean charging the same price and in some instances more than physical media. Yeah they learned that it doesn't work that way.
PSjesus  +   433d ago
all did this (games on Nintendo eshop even more expensive than physical and charge taxes sometimes) unlike steam,consoles digital games pricing should be accepted by retail stores to sell their physical copy otherwise they well take from the shelves
04soldier  +   433d ago
Games cost $60 a pop.. For that kind of money, I need to be able to hold to product in my hand and be able to resell it if I see fit to..
AusRogo  +   433d ago
Awesome to hear!. Though sometimes digital sales are cheaper than retail sales.. I still prefer physical but if I see something real cheap in a digital sale (like The Witcher 2 for $10) ill go for it.
Shadowolf  +   433d ago
Once digital ecosystems of both Sony and Microsoft gain uber-momentum allowing them the option to offer Day 1 purchases well below the standard retail price of games without the concern of Gamestop somehow undercutting their profit margin at retail by refusing to stock their hardware and exclusive software, then gamers will begin to see those insane Steam like deals for new titles. Of course I'm not saying PS+ doesn't currently offer insane discounts and savings but the fact still remains, there is no way a digital copy of a game should be priced equivalent to its retail counterpart.
iceman06  +   433d ago
That's why physical copies will be around for longer than we think. It takes a while for those ecosystems to take hold and normalize. Steam wasn't built in a day...at least the way that it functions today. So, until Sony and MS can create the incentives needed to gain that momentum, most people will be happy with the physical copies.
Shadowolf  +   432d ago
Well said!
Gamers_United  +   433d ago
Oh I don't think so everything will change
Hicken  +   433d ago
In how long? It won't be any time soon, I can tell you that much.
CanadianTurtle  +   433d ago
I don't see any reason to go digital because my friends and I borrow eachother's games all the time. It would be a sad day for us when everyone starts to go digital
evilhasitsway  +   433d ago
just sayin yes hard copies will be around for awhile but not as long as you may think 80% of players play online that means 80% has internet and to put as simple as I can if a big AAA game comes out and there are a lot of people at your gamestop or bestbuy it is easier and faster to get the digital copy no pain just play.
titans9999  +   433d ago
Thank God for this! I hate digital only! The ONLY digital stuff I have is the pinball arcade because it doesn't have a physical disc
JBSleek  +   433d ago
I don't like physical but I understand it must be here as an option until infrastructure becomes more widespread.

Always have the option.
ajax17  +   433d ago
Why stream or download everything when disc capacities are continuously improving. Here's to hoping the PS4 can read BDXL's
s8anicslayer  +   433d ago
I don't feel digital should be an only option, but instead a choice if you'd like, variety is the spice of life!
PersonMan  +   433d ago
I don't want digital only because some day I want to be able to boot up an old console and pop in the disc and play it. Instead of not being able to download it because the servers aren't up anymore. Plus, I like feeling like I own something... not just renting it.

Also, once you download a game, it cannot be returned or sold again.
NateCole  +   433d ago
Options. It's all about options. Sony understands this quite well now. There are pros and cons for each. Let the consumer pick which option is best for them because each consumer is unique with their own situation that is different from others.
boybato  +   433d ago
Considering how much Vita memory cards are being sold. It should. lol
cell989  +   433d ago
I love hearing that, and I embrace it 100%
Grimhammer00  +   433d ago
By the time we're looking at a all digital future - I suspect consoles will no longer be needed. They'll be cheap stream boxes with controllers. Everything will be handled servers side - and lag will be dealt with.

Until then...and the world market has universal fiber with cheap possibly standardize pricing....I'll just stick with discs thanks.

I mean who wants to download 20-40gb games 2-3 times a month? Plus media and indie titles....how unlimited is your Internet? Mine says its unlimited until you approach 90gb then they send warning letters and throttle my connection.

An all digital future meh.....I'll pass as long as in can.
iceman06  +   433d ago
With the rate that things are going in the U.S., some people might end up paying twice as much for digital games anyway with silly data caps and such. So, unless I get a Google Fiber "fiber-hood" near me, which it doesn't seem we can ever get enough customers, then I would be pretty S.O.L. without physical copies.
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grassyknoll  +   433d ago
I will always buy physical over digital (bar PlayStation Plus). The day physical dies is most likely the time I stop buying new games.
RevXM  +   432d ago
Streaming and digital games are great. I really like PS+ and Steam, but I get games physically whenever I can. Steam super sales are often too hard to resist and PS+ let me play digital games for free as long as I have an active subscription.

But one day those might just go away, vanish and then Id be glad that I have or can go and get a physical copy of the the game I want to play and pop it in my console or PC.

I'll be happy as long as physical games stay around.
greedybear88  +   432d ago
I always buy physical copies of games :)
Smokingunz  +   432d ago
They will co-exist with one another.also, digital games takes up too much hard drive space, thats why I rather buy physical disks and leave the xtra hard drive space for movies, pics and arcade games.games that I really like and can play forever and games I never wil trade in are the games I download to my system however.
CaptCalvin  +   432d ago
They learned the hard way.

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