Opinion: Digital or Physical: What Will You Do?

GYGO: 'What’s your opinion? Would you go fully digital with your purchases or would you still enjoy having a trusty disk by your side?'

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Mikelarry1846d ago

for me its going to be a mixture of both. i tend to buy digital if its cheaper than physical or its a psn plus download.

GiggMan1846d ago (Edited 1846d ago )

I agree. PSN+ titles and indies will be downloaded. Retail games will be a mixture of both. I've been walking into stores to buy games for over 25 years so I will probably continue to do so.

I must admit that I do have to have the kids with me though. I'm getting to old to go in by myself lol.

PsylentKiller1846d ago

First off, your never too old to play video games. The other day, in GameStop, I saw 50 year old man ride up on a Harley with his friend right next to him. They walked into GameStop and bought GTA V. On the way out, the man who bought the game, stopped by the Skylanders and started to tell his friend about how it works. He sounded like my 8 year old talking about video games. He was so excited.
Now, digital or physical. I've been buying physical copies ever since the Atari 2600 but I like the appeal of digital. However, I will only buy digital if I know that I'm not going to resell it down the line. Games like Halo, CoD, Battlefield, Gears of War, God of War, Uncharted are going to be digital because the story and gameplay are amazing. Sports games will be physical because they are useless when the new one comes out. Any game that is a one and done playthrough will be physical.
With the x86 architecture and the cloud, I'm pretty sure backwards compatibility wont be a problem anymore. So, I'm not worried about going mostly digital.

GiggMan1846d ago

Oh I agree you're never too old. I still feel funny going into gamestop by myself but have no shame sitting in room with other 30 somethings playing local co-op split screen. I know it's silly

BattleAxe1846d ago (Edited 1846d ago )

Steam and PSN (PS3) for me. I hate clutter around the house.

JRH77831846d ago (Edited 1846d ago )

You're never too old to play games. My oldest son is 13 and he can't beat me in basketball in real life nor on 2K. I tell him i've been gaming since the 80's when I had an atari as a child.

I'm more excited about getting the PS4 than he is...

As for physical or digital. I'm going digital for games that come out every few years like Uncharted or God of War, but if it comes out yearly i'm going physical so I can trade it in and get something towards the next version.

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Majin-vegeta1846d ago

I will always buy physical over digital when possible.

MAULxx1846d ago

I'm with you Majin-vegeta. Physical>digital whenever possible, every time.
Whoever disagreed with you must not be thinking clearly.
I don't see how anyone can be against physical disc games that can be resold when the option to go all digital is also an option.

slapedurmomsace1846d ago

completely agree. I'm 30 married with children, to take my son to gamestop or best buy and dual search for games is something that's just not possible with digital. Some ISP's have data caps, which causes a massive problem if you do anything else. Also I am that idiot that still has every single system I've ever owned, and still occasionally bust them out. Lets say I put my PS3 away for a few years, lets say 10, come back to play it, find out my hard drives gone bad, now how am I sure it'll still be available to re download? I know it sounds far fetched and probably doesn't pertain to most gamers, but thats just how I feel. I'm not big into emulation as I find the "experience" can get lost during emulation. Honestly I use my hard drive for freebies from PSN+, and that's about it.


Maybe a mixture of both, until I have more incentive to go all digital. Something like a price advantage would be nice.

Clover9041846d ago

I'm with you. Sony is doing that a little. I believe both Killzone Mercenary and Puppeteer had discounted pre-orders.

AKR1846d ago

With retail games getting bigger and bigger ~ going digital is going to be harder. Even with a 1TB HDD - it would only be a matter of time before it's filled up if games have a file-size like CoD: Ghosts, unless they go ahead and hire Nintendo to perform their arcane compression wizardry.

I think I'll keep buying retail games in their physical form, and leave my HDD space for indie titles, demos and apps.

KillerByte231846d ago (Edited 1846d ago )

for me, probably both but at the moment the download sizes are slightly putting me of Digital for example

Killzone Shadowfall being 39GB,
Call of Duty Ghosts 49GB
Forza Motorsport 5 - 35GB
Dead Rising - 35GB
Ryse Son of Rome - 47GB

GiggMan1846d ago

What's wrong with this picture when Call of Duty Ghost has the largest install size?

pixelsword1846d ago

Nothing's wrong, it's just that their optimization techniques may not be at their peak performance yet.

PawnSacrifice1846d ago

Ummm that's the mandatory install WITH a disk!
That's why I'm going digital, even now I haven't actually bought a Disk since Skyrim, & Live is actually having sales and price cuts. I got Max Payne 3 for $12 & Red Dead for $20 (Australian that is, a full retail game here costs $89 - $119)

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