Xbox Players take on the age old view of digital v Physical, Over the last 5 years the games industry and we as users have been party to a change in how software is being delivered to us.
Physical, and I will always buy physical as long as games are available on disc
I am 50-50. Obviously PSN and XBL indie titles are digital, but for certain titles I want day one, and I know I will keep for the life of the console, I will go digital. MCC and soon Uncharted Collection are great examples. Those are things you just like to have a click away on your console. I just really wish someone would take the initiative and really give me more of a reason to go completely digital. I don't think it's hard -- how about early release + $49.99 price point for major titles? Games releasing on Tuesdays in the U.S. is just dumb. Why not provide digital early releases on the Friday before street dates with a small discount for not needing to pay the retailer their cut? As much as I love the convenience, and I do take advantage of good sales here and there, they just don't give enough incentive to fully commit like we did on PC.
I agree with what you say about incentives to buy digital. However at this point un the industry thats not gonna happen. The brick and mortar stores would be up in arms (gamestop Wal-Mart target best buy etc) and lose alot of money. Until the physical stores can offer the same incentives I dont see digital console prices going down.
consumers feel more sense of ownership with physical but digital offers more convenience.
Digital is a great convenience, but nothing beats having a physical copy of a game in your hand. Electronics can and do fail, or get corrupted, or Sony and Microsoft could get hacked, losing your data in the process...anything is possible. So for me, digital will never be as secure as having your own copy to do with as your please, whenever you please...including trading, letting friends borrow and borrowing friends games in return (though the stellar ps shareplay is taking care of that for me currently), buying physical used copies for cheaper than their digital counterparts, etc. etc. etc. My games are delivered via mail on the same day they release, so the only real "downside" of having a physical copy is actually having to get up and put a disk in the console, which is a nothing factor for me. If having to get up to change a disk is too much for you to handle, you may want to put the controller down have a good long look in the mirror.... Until digital offers the incentive to purchase by having the lower pricing, there is literally no upside to digital for me personally. None.
Digital all the way. Started with both physical and digital last gen but now that Iam all digital this gen I can't fathom bothering with a physical disc. Some folks say "well what happens when your internet goess down?"...all I know is I live in southern Cali, most my family lives in Virginia, friends are all over US and I dont know anyone whos internet has been down for more than a day, personally I cant even remember when mine hasnt been working for more than 30min, definitely been years ago. I just like my library being in one place, play any game no disc, no going to gamestop, predownloads so game is ready at midnight if I want to play, switching from game to game is so convenient, no worries of scratching discs, and no worry of disc drive wearing out prematurely AND most of all GAME SHARING is super easy and has saved me hundreds of $$$ this gen with my 2 nephews having acces to my whole library of games. 😉 The digital sales trend on consoles is rising every year, on PC its already over 92% digital. I dont sell my games to gamestop so the used market never paid off for me but if they make digital cheaper that would just be the icing on the cake.
I am all about the physical. Digital is going nowhere unfortunately. It is higher profitability, no more reselling of games at GameStop. And last but not least, consider this: my X1 stopped working last month. Out of frustration I wanted to get it fixed and trade it in to gamestop for a PS4. Why didn't i? Because of all the digital content I was going to lose that I couldn't sell for PS4 games. No more digital purchases for me.
I only buy cheaper games digitally. My Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle did not come with a physical copy of the game. It was digital and I was severely disappointed. All digital would have been great 2 generations ago when games were not 40GB in size.
All my games except one are digital. I never thought I'd jump on the digital bandwagon so strongly but its happened. With account sharing, it just makes sense.
Same, the only Physical game I have is Destiny because it came with my White PS4... I just prefer the convenience of the Digital games.
I am done with physical. This gen is all digital for me. Physical is a dying format. Live in the past, get left behind.
This gen, on both my Vita and PS4, I've gone all digital except for imports (it's just a pain getting Japanese games on PSN, and the mark up on credit is ABSURD!!) I remote play quite a lot, and it just wouldn't make sense doing so with an all physical collection. I prefer the convenience as well, no need to clutter my cupboards with games, and if you are clever with how u buy the games they tend to be the same price or slightly more than physical e.g. I've just pre-ordered MGS5 PS4 for £44 by buying cheap PSN credit, less than most retailers, and after using cashback on online shopping I've accrued for quite some time it's not going to cost me a penny :D
sometime digital because i carry around my ps3 most of the time but physical is good. But i like digital cuz you can get deals on them in the psn store.
I was pro physical games but i don't trade in, i felt insulted when offered 1/8 of the price of a game to see them back on the shelf for such a high price i.e. New game £39.99 pre-owned £34.99
I like having the option for those who want physical. But I have moved on. I don't have time or the desire to go to the store and stand in line to find that they are out of stock. I don't want to store disk and swap them in and out either. I do understand that disk can have better value. I have no resentment for E.A making a nice profit. As long is they aren't misleading their customer, they could make a Zillion. Doesn't affect me in the least.
The more money EA and the like make on digital the less inclined they'll feel to drop prices. In other words yes, it does affect you. Unless money is of no concern to you.
Actually, the more consumers buy digital and less physical the sooner prices will drop. We are already seeing EAaaccess offer amazing value to their subscribers and its digital. Sony offers savings with PS+ and MS have their huge sales week that just passed. Digital prices for launch titles are equal to their retail version because companies want parity with pricing. If there were no physical copies sold at retail, digital would be much cheaper cause companies wouldn't need parity with physical retail versions then.
Allow me to disagree. Digital has been around for ages and we have yet to see any significant price drops while eliminating part of the competition(in this case physical copies that get discounted the more they stay on store shelves) would only mean there's one less reason for publishers to lower digital prices.
@abigpappy I guess this guy has never heard of same day delivery of games via the internets.....yikes.
personally i have changed quite a bit on this i was always for physical however as i look at my ever growing boxed tower i find it silly to keep building towers of games i will never trade in.... on the other hand there are certain games that will always tempt me to try out and this is where digital fails. im for digital if its a title ill keep for my collection but there is room for both
Switched to Digital last gen when the PStore started adding all new releases to the store due to game sharing. Only buy physical on the odd game, but since discs all have to be installed to the HDD makes even less reason to buy physical
Digital is nice for its convenience. But I prefer physical for longevity. Plus it's nice to just look at what I have, sometimes. Can't really do that with digital.
I buy physical disc outside new Zealand because of the cost compare to digital
I'll buy whatever is cheapest, which usually means physical.
Physical only for me unless it's something indie pr the Resident Evil HD remasters. I'm even holding out on Life is Strange for a physical copy.
Digital is the future, but they have to find a way of reducing the prices, otherwise people will just go where it's cheapest, and that's physical. It's as simple as that.
if that was the case no digital would be sold now as its never cheaper
actually pal your wrong.... digital is far cheaper on xbox that is... share your xbox one home with another person and visa versa and you share your digital library. basically means take turns buying games.... HALF PRICE!
Do you think bluray is the end of physical media? This goes in cycles. When everyone is using some future 100-200GB media disc, for each game, digital is gonna look like crap again. Cause a 2 TB drive will hold like 14 games.
I prefer digital so I dont have to get up off the sofa to switch games, that said the cost 1 year after launch still being the same as launch day is a bit insulting, but with all the sales it would seem that its more of a watch this space for all the virtual sales. I still like a disc but take Destiny for example, i have a disc copy and most times cant get it to load anymore, so top games i always get digital now.
I prefer physical if it's an option. I just don't feel like I actually own the game if I get it digital
Thats because you don't. You'd be relying on a service providing the digital game. I buy physical for every game I can because I'm pro-ownership rights. I don't resell them. I just don't want to rely on anything other than what I purchase.
still to many restrictions on digital. (I know, I know, you don't own the copy blah,blah) Until they allow more consumer control over the digital purchase it won't be worth losing physical copies. to at least have the ability to make a physical backup copy would be nice, and this retaining it's full retail pricing a year after release is a joke, even mulit million dollar blockbuster movies end up in the 5.00 bin at walmart after a period of time has passed, proving everything has a shelf life.
Always physical for me. I like to own the physical box with unique box art & the disk or cartrige. I don't like the idea of making several hdd backups of digital in case it gets pulled from the download list or the digital service gets shut down. Also with physical, if I ever buy a god awful game, I can get rid of it so I never have to look at it again, but with digital, it's always there in my downloads. I made that mistake with a game that was digital only in my country.
Physical love vs Digital love.
Physical. Was tempted to get hold of arkham origins the other day, as I wanted to give it another go but sold it. Looked on the store and they wanted £50 for it!!! Could go to GAME and get a copy for bout £10!!!
Digital is high because they need to sell the hard copy first. That's why the price of digital don't come down until almost a year. The company needs to sell as many discs as possible
I go for physical but to not have the option is just wrong.
I go physical for the PS4 and digital for PC.
digital is the future that way they can recharge all console gamers each gen for their games.
I'm all about physical...and that's because I am a huge Gamefly guy. But I do like the ease of use of digital, going from one game to another without having to get up and change the disc is great. I know it's silly because it takes less then a minute to do but I'm all about convenience.
So many reasons NOT to buy digital; if only more people realized this!
For the big games that I'm super excited for (uncharted, halo etc) I go physical. Nothing like having a physical copy of your favourite games. I generally go physical if I pick something up in a sale or if I decide spontaneously I want a game and I can't wait to get it so I just buy it off the store then and there. I still think digital really needs to drop its prices big time before it becomes appealing to the masses like the big companies want.
Man, I haven't bought a physical game in 6 years.
I have concerns about the long term ability to support digital content. In 10 years, when I want to revisit a game, I can with my physical media however if I don't have a game on the hard drive with digital that might not be possible.
don't worry, whey everything go's digital, there will be an expiration date for "your" copy after a few years and you will not be able to play the game again unless they release it for a newer console and they will be happy to sell you the game again...and in a few years again...and again...and again. developers will be rolling in cash then...yours.
Exactly why I own less than ten digital console games... the ones I have are only available digitally and even with that I waited years to buy to ensure physical wasn't an option. Needless to say but I'm looking forward to Shovel Knight's physical release!
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