Should You Buy Digital of Physical games for the PS4 and Xbox One?

Starting today, digital games, that is downloads that travel straight from Microsoft’s and Sony’s own servers to your hard drive. To be fair, both consoles have offered digital titles for years, however the PS4 and Xbox One introduce innovations that finally make buying digital versions of games a valid option for most users.

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Never buy digital unless you can accept the fact you will never have full control over the format.

All digital titles are governed by a service. Physical discs thus far are not. Personally, I think digital will destroy itself as a format because everyone will be a victim of loss thanks to the incompentency and unreliability of the service industry.

LeRise1854d ago (Edited 1854d ago )

The only digital purchases that I can accept are the DRM-free ones from Humble Store - available in different packages and having official torrent files.

With this kind of digital purchases, I feel more control than having retail console discs, which contain heavy offline DRM.

amiga-man1853d ago

This depends on value, a digital version costing the same as a disc version means for me at least the disc version wins every time, if downloadable options were cheaper then that might sway my opinion.

As it stands the only games I have downloaded for the PS3 are some small indie games and games offered by PS+, for me to consider downloading new games they would have to be at least £10 pounds cheaper for me to even consider giving up the advantages of owning the disc.

4Sh0w1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

Easy Choice. All digital for convenience. I never sell games, but hopefully I'll be able to gift them to other less fortunate family members or friends like I've always done, and that looks like its definitely going to happen in the near future. So win, win for me.

TomShoe1853d ago

I buy physical copies so I can re-sell them to buy new games.

ArchangelMike1853d ago

Physical all the way. First I don't have to spend hours downloading it. And I can always trade it in, lend it to a friend, or sell it on ebay :)

GarrusVakarian1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

Exactly this. I want to physically handle and control something i pay for. Trading, selling and lending is important to me.

Imalwaysright1853d ago

In other words you control what you paid for with your hard earned money.

Boody-Bandit1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

I don't collect games. When I feel they have run their course with me, aka I most likely wont go back and play them again, I either sell them off online or trade them in for more games.

ceedubya91853d ago

The benefits of physical are hard to ignore. Most of my purchases will be physical discs unless I just know for certain that I won't look to sell my game later. I think that right now, it would be better to buy the discs of games as I'm sure the two online services will have a bunch of issues in the next few weeks, making downloading a pain.

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CapsLocke1853d ago

On consoles sure, but on PC services like Steam are trusted for a long time now.

Imalwaysright1853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

Because Steam was made to benefit gamers, not multibillion $ companies.

deep_fried_bum_cake1853d ago

I agree with you that the services offered on PCs are generally trusted but it's very naive to think that digital PC titles don't have the same issues as console ones.

malokevi1853d ago

"Never buy digital unless you can accept the fact you will never have full control over the format."

I think I can live with that! 100% digital for me on my X1, which will be all multiplats and exclusives. My PlayStation exclusive games... we shall see.

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come_bom1854d ago

"Should You Buy Digital of Physical games for the PS4 and Xbox One?"

Physical without a doubt. With a physical copy you can do what ever you want with it... play, lend, rent, sell or throw it away.

Benjammin251853d ago

'or throw it away.'
Seems like a bit of a waste. Don't know anyone who would do that. :)

Gamer6661853d ago

I used to buy music, video, and all games physical.

One day, physical purchases will disappear. It might not be this gen or next gen but eventually they will disappear.

To date, I haven't had much problem with digital. DRM is not a concern to me because I do not pirate or trade my games in.

Also, games are becoming more server dependent even for the single player modes. So, companies are getting external control anyhow.

Digital gives me something I don't have with physical... Portability. I travel a lot. I have a second home near a lake, most of my family is 8 hours away, and most of my wife's family is 10 hours away so we are on the road a lot. Hauling tonnes of CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Blu-Ray Games simply is not feasible. And being able to log on to many different computers and devices and get all our content makes life much easier.

jhoward5851853d ago (Edited 1853d ago )

physical Hands down.

Maybe in the future but not today cause the download speed are too slow.

50 gigs download is a pain.

bub161853d ago

Physical, then you can sell them after

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