Microsoft says there is 'no question' that the sale of downloaded games will overtake the sales of games at retail in the coming years.
It will, but I dont think it will overtake it untill atleast another decade.
probably when everything is obtainable by digital distribution, and harddrive sizes get to like 500 GB in gaming consoles
I don't know if it will be a decade but assuming next gen games will be taking like 50GB i need to have at least a 1TB hard drive that can easily be swapped out and super high speed internet to download my games
It will. But much slower than Microsoft wants. Not even 80% with an Xbox 360 is online, so it's not viable yet. People will still want long experiences, and not just an arcade game resurgence. And to me, it seems only Sony is actually doing proper titles for download. Where are Microsofts Episodic games and proper games. GT5P, Siren, Warhawk, Quest For Booty... What does Microsoft have. It's a genuine question, becuase I might have forgotten something. You can talk the talk, but you gotta be walking the walk first.
one major flaw in digital distribution is the download times, when everyone has a fast enough connection where a 2 hour movie can be downloaded in like 10 minutes is probably when it'll start sounding more attractive to less techy people
What do you mean not 80% is online? 19+ million people with 11 million on live? its getting very close to possible
at least not anytime soon. Are retailers going to react well when they're cut out of their take? That's assuming MS and Sony don't kick something back to them. Not sure if this is something I even want. I like having the option to pick a game up used. Or maybe let a bud borrow a game. And the time involved with downloading a game (and installing it on PS3) is going to be insane. I hope they follow the Warhawk model and have games on both PSN and in the stores.
Yeah it will definitely be awhile before it happens but at the same time there will always be a market for physical media whether its games, movies, or music.
I think it will, but not nearly as quick as i believe Microsoft is thinking. First we need way faster internet connections, and they have to be to everyone or atleast a great majority of poeple. before it has a chance to "over take" retail sales. Off topic- who all has played Braid? That game is AMAZING!!!
well, now that i think about it, it doesnt seem completely off the radar, think about music? do you buy your music CD wise, or do you download it off limewire, itunes etc.? illegal way or not, your still getting your music digitally....but again, music takes like 200 MB while games and movies take space in the GBs
If you get a physical copy it will probably stay $60, but would you download a game if the cost of distribution was cut dramatically so the end price to you was only $40? I'd probably download all my games so long as I could redownload them if I could save $20 every time.
Instead of paying $40 for a download, I would rather pay $60 for the physical game. Play for it as much as I want. Be able to lend it to my friend if he want to try it. Bring it with me if I want to play to another friend place. And then, when I get bored with it, sell it for $20. End result, I will have paid the same price you did for your download. But even better, I may even be able to trade it with a friend, at the end for a totally different game. (We do that a lot in my friend circle). You should not believe that Microsoft marketing guys are genious. Sure download is coming, but not that soon. If it would, they would have put a hard drive in all their consoles...
It's just a good alternative. We're going to have physical copies of games for a long time (decades at least). That doesn't mean downloaded games won't overtake them as the most popular way to purchase. People look at DD and consider it to be a replacement for the physical version. It's just an alternative, and a very good alternative for a lot of people.
Maybe someday, I can see myself loving the idea even right now, but lets face it too many people are without stable connections, connections at all, and more often than not people with less incom tend to not throw away their money on digital media they cannot obtain hard prints for. The wealth of the world isn't rich by any grand number. More people are poor than they are rich. More people have less money than they do more money and while a lot of people think the rich are fueling the industry, they're not. The people with money have more to do in life than play video games. the people without money are what keep rental places open and the video game industry alive. Why you ask? Cause they don't have the money to travel and do lavish things like the above can do. This is just my thoughts on the situation but things will have to change a bit more before we can acheive this goal. Keep in mind I love it and will support it fully when the day comes, but I am in the minority. I have warhawk, Siren and over 30 PSN games sitting on my hdd to prove this fact too.
I guess we will see in the coming years. No question about it though, digital distribution will be a force to be reckoned with.
if hd-DVD would've won would this article exist?
No thank you, I want a hard copy of the games I own. Having a Digital copy is too much hassle, you would have to download the game, a possibility the harddrive might fail, or you would have to transfer all the games from the harddrive to another harddrive when it becomes full which could take a long time considering the games capacity.
Yes, go total digital and shoot yourself in the foot. I agree it's somewhere in the future but not this gen nor the next. And talk about crying. If you think publishers cry about not selling games now, wait until someone is dumb enough to try digital only. I don't mean for 1 title on PSN or Live. You see, this is what MS misses. The minute you try and nail gamers for digital distro on every purchase, the kind of purchase a gamer can't trade, watch sales drop like a rock. Because gamers will buy far far fewer games if they know they can't trade them. A digital only game world with no way to trade will put sales through the floor.
MS doesn't even have a full-blown game on XBOX Live. All small little arcade games. Yeah Downloads will overtake retail alright, but you are damn far behind.
i cant believe MS are saying this when they dont even have full retail games on Live like sony does
ps3 driods are like the blacks. nothing but liars and sneaks.
dude shut up...'droids' even have your best interests in mind...I know you are obviously a retarded 360 fanatic...but even an idiot like you wouldn't want to pay $500 for a garbage proprietary 300mb 360 HDD and put up with the absolute trash DRM MS has imposed on XBL...at least I would hope you wouldn't... and because your post will be deleted in about 30 minutes...this guy is obviously getponed being a racist again...ban him entirely...what is that like 16 accounts now?...you suck...
waaaaaaa bu bu but he was mean to the blacks. walk down the rap aisle at best buy and tell me you dont laugh.
is that the best that stupid bot can do. try harder sour loser
They're idiots. Nuff said.
Yet it's Sony that is actually releasing full games and Episodic content on PSN (Warhawk, SOCOM, GT5:Prologue, Siren, R&C Quest for Booty, etc). And their original PSN titles which are smaller games are fantastic as well. If anybody is rooting themselves in digital distribution for games it's Sony.
they talk the talk but they let Sony do the walk.
but you said it Spazaa.
takes up more space on my hdd than dvd9 can hold. DD will overtake far quicker on the xbox than on the ps3 just because of blu ray alone because its got longer legs. Downloading siren wasn't too bad but imagine downloading MGS4 and can you play your console whilst your downloading like you can on psn? Your console will be downloading more than you actually playing.
I was just gonna type what you wrote.
im also guessing this is MS' answer to their storage problem
We here at Sony realize that we are the leaders the in the current online distribution of games. We are still relying heavily on retail as a key source of our distribution. We here at Sony are also asking consumers through our online surveys, what they prefer...unlike our rivals.
M$ actually needs a digital download service (as in full games) first. The only ones with such a service are SONY, and they probably don't even want digital downloads to take over. EDIT Next gen games (not saying this will happen next gen) will be well over 100GB each, with ever increasing graphics we will need at least a 2TB HDD, and with HVD having 3.9TB on a single disk, digital downloads are at least 15 years away.
from a profitability standpoint, it's much more convenient for Sony to sell games online, it cuts out the middle man (aka brick & mortar retail) and it's also hard to sell a digital copy to Gamestop lol. They allow 5 downloads on your PSN account for any purchased games BTW, so if you lose a copy (accidental deletion, format HDD, new HDD, etc) you can just grab it again. As SonyRep said, Sony are doing plenty of surveys , and it appears for larger games they will continue to offer a BD version for now.