Digital copies of video games are getting more and more popular. Still, there's something about owning a disc.
For me it's been the same reasons why it's been better since 2013 and the DRM crap. I can lend or borrow games, and I can trade them in. Correct me if I'm wrong too but I think I was locked out of playing my purchased games when my PS Plus expired. Can't remember exactly what it was but I was definitely unable to play my digital games at one point for whatever reason.
You are locked out of your PlayStation plus games but that really shouldn't be having anything to do with physical vs. Digital tbh. It's a subscription that have games tied to them as bonuse, it's essentially a rental service.
The only reason why you wouldn't be able to play your games offline on the PS4 is if your console isn't the primary system.
I'm a Full digital guy just because I view it as getting two copies since I have two PS4's in my house, but I still prefer physical media for the most part because you can share I'm easy and today you can get them for Less cheaper even for new titles that just released
The price is the only reason I still buy physical games.
not your purchased games, but the free ones from ps plus. but, I agree. digital sucks.
I prefer Digital, I dont need to borrow games or rent them I buy the ones i want. Digital is so much easier to deal with it you just press start and boom it plays. I had over 300 360 games and over 100 X1 games it becomes harder to find the games when you have to search thru so many. I also like just sitting down in front of my tv with all the games ready no need for disc.
Digital has it's perks. Buy a game once, play it anywhere PC/Xbox, save space, now with refunds, and game share.
Not a problem finding my games they are all on shelves and alphabetized.
Addicted to chaos, but still an organized gamer!
BTW, nice Megadeth reference with your name! 👌
Yeah.....but the digital services make big lists for you, so you don't actually have to know the order of the alphabet to keep organized. Just scroll through pages and pages of games, likely downloading one if you don't plan ahead....assuming you just randomly pick out games to play without any forethought, and then play your game.
Obviously, putting them on a shelf in alphabetical order, and pulling one out you want and sticking it in the system takes so much longer. But realistically, it's those games with collections in them that really screw it up....like the ICO/SOTC collection. I mean....if you wanted to play SOTC, it wouldn't be under the S, it'd be under the I's. You'd never find it.
Perks? Like the game suddenly not working and having no way to get your money back? I use the Xbox backwards compatibility and it is basically a digital copy of my games emulated on the X1. On occasion the system gets a bug and says I do knot own the game when in fact I do. I must wait a few hours until it decides to work again. I will stick with physical.
That's a share bug when you buy a game on the 2nd console you are sharing with instead of the main home console. You fix it by changing the home console then back again.
I will always prefer physical over digital. For me it only has advantages.
I'm nearly physical only. The only downside for me is clutter. I can't bring myself to trade or sell old games.
Well when you live in urban areas where your only internet option is satellite or dial up then the decision is pretty clear.
Yea move somewhere else
Yeah I should sell my house and land that I have made my own just so I can live somewhere that has ability for me to buy video games digitally through faster internet.
@MatrixxGT Good one. You forgot to say and not be able to sell them....And not be able to trade them in. And not be able to play them once Microsfot/Sony/Nintendo shut's down the current systems servers permanently.
Good to see that adam orth is putting his time to good use these days by trolling the N4G forums.
Lol yeah exactly
Aren't urban areas in the city? Where high speed internet should be readily available?
Isn't it out in the sticks where satellite and dial up are your options? Or am I missing something here?
Depends on how cities, towns, county classifies it. My whole county is considered rural but there are urban areas. Still even in some of the "cities" they don't have the cable laid. Only the HOA areas had Comcast run their xfinity setup just recently as 4 years ago. Maybe eventually it will spread out to other areas.
Oddly enough, when I moved not too long ago, from an area with a plethora of ISP competition, and in an area which is the East Coast version of Silicon valley with tons of infrastructure for internet, to a small town in the middle of nowhere with maybe a population of 1000, I get better internet in the small town. Less choice of ISP's, but at least it's reliable, faster, and half the cost.
A pity that big day1 patches are a thing know, that's one big negative that undermines physical copies
Except you have to download ALL of the data for Digital and only a large portion of it for Physical. Even in this scenario it still favor's physical.
If you're acct is hacked or banned - all is gone.
If you're house is on fire or rob, all is gone.
I like physical but digital is a great alternative to have when the game I want is sold out.
Well there is home insurance....and realistically if my house burnt down my video games would be least of my worries.
Physical all the way. And when physical is gone then i will not invest in newer games.
When your house is on fire your console is burned up anyway! So what is the saving grace for the digital?
Oh wait Version #1, if my house burns down i will get my property replaced with my insurance for both the console and the games.
Oh wait Version #2 If your house burns down and we are already onto another Generation and the servers are shut down. You will get a another console, but you just may not be able to download all your games depending on what is supported on servers huh? But you can always search Ebay for a Physical COPY at your own expense.
I prefer physical, but I'm not adverse to buying digital. I just brough 7 games on the PSN flash sale for $35. One was even a fairly new release which is still $30 physical, which I got for $11, although that kind of price drop is rare. It's just a matter of if the digital pricing is of value to me. Physical typically I can always justify, because I can always sell it if I care to.
Anyhow, one's account is more likely to be hacked/banned, than their house to be burned down or robbed. At least statistically speaking. people take less care to protect their online data than they do their homes and actual possessions.
Additionally, If you piss someone off in real life, they can't take your stuff(in most cases unless you actually wrong them somehow). Online, you piss off someone by saying the wrong thing, and it puts your "possessions" in jeapordy if that person's complaint happens to fall on a sympathetic ear in the moderation departments of the services in question.
In real life, a company can't come and take your possessions that they once sold you. With digital, they only sold you the license, which they can take away from you at their discretion, for any reason they deem reasonable. On top of that, even if they don't remove the licesnse, they can just as easily remove the ability to download the data attached to that license. I don't know about you, but I'd be more concerned about these companies taking stuff away from me, than I would about some robber coming into my house, or my house burning down. When the companies do it, there is no recourse for the consumer. Someone robs you, or house burns down, you can use your insurance, or maybe get your stuff back should they be caught.
Ive always been physical only. I like to have the disc. I have hundreds of games going back to PSOne, (well SNES carts too) and over a thousand Blurays.
But, since external HDD support has come for PS4, and I believe that console generations are going to be phased out and all new consoles going forward are going to have to be backwards compatible, I am warming to the idea of digital games. I hardly lend games and I trade them even less.
They are still way too expensive. I only get them when they are on a sale, but I am picking some up here and there and slowly filling up my 4tb drive. They need to be cheaper as they are usually cheaper to get physical and that shouldnt be the case. I really hope we will be able to take our games forward to the next machine too or it will be for nothing.
Theres room for both. I prefer physical over digital, but digital definitely takes a lot less space...
Because I like to admire my collection.
I prefer physical. But, the benefits of physical over digital would be even higher if it wasn't for the fact that on these current gen consoles, the disc still installs 50+ gbs of data to the system since the games are too large and can't be read fast enough. So, whether you have physical or digital, you still have to give up a butt load of space to play these current gen games. I don't think I see a change happening in the future in regards to this either.
I personally prefer physical. Theres nothing like going to pick up your copy of a certain game, and getting to socialize with other gamers, and discuss what we all are personally excited to expierence with "Said" game before we receive are copy, is always a great & fun time!
It's usually a toss up between what games I get physically or digitally depending on which is offered for the better deal at the time
i buy physical i don't like digital due to drm and or publishers shutting down servers
people who like digital are buying a license and now UBI is doing always online with single player meaning down the road our games could become unplayable
i don't know but the aspect of owning something physical has always meant more to me but everyone have their own preference
If ubi has always online game, it isn't going to matter if you buy physical or digital because when those servers go down no one is playing.
And when you buy physical you still buying the license, unless you unplug from the net.
The day consoles go digital only is the day I quit modern gaming.
Disagree. I've been all digital since the launch of Xbox and PS4. I hate discs. They're slow, they scratch, they take up space and they feel old fashioned to me now. Never had a problem being all digital and don't really see changing going forward. People used to say the same thing about music cds and we saw where that went.
There is still cd's folks can buy including vinyl.
Compare apples to apples. Cd's vs Blue ray is not like Blue ray vs digital.
How could you say they are slow? You can download them to your hard drive WAY faster than the fastest internet service in the world. I have really had a cd that scratched that could not be fixed never the less a blue-ray. I have had more Hard drives scratch. in fact all hard drives will. And most likely it will be after the servers are shut down ....THEN you will understand what people have been trying to tell you. Then you will understand.
Then you will understand.
Yeah, we saw where music CD's went. Only took took almost 15 years for MP3 revenue to catch up to physical CD revenue, and MP3's had a lot more going for them from the get go....namely more beneficial reasons to do away with the media itself for portability and the relatively small size of files when internet speeds had increased exponentially at the time of an internet boom. Even today, CD revenue makes up close to half of the revenue of the music sales. They're literally roughly equal across the board, and this is on top of much higher piracy rates for music today than we saw 15+ years ago.
"They're slow" Downloading is not any faster. Arguably, the disc is actually faster, as it doesn't require a download on the system....because you don't actually need the updates to start playing.
"They scratch" Sometimes. Blu-rays aren't suseptable to this except in extreme circumstances. Overall, if you take care of your stuff, it won't get damaged, outside of some rare occurances like water flooding, fires, dog needing a chew toy.
"They take up space" Yeah, they do. That's valid enough
"They feel old fashioned to me now" Purely subjective, but acceptable. However, I'm not sure what that has to do with actually playing a game. Can you not play games if the media feels old fashioned? What's it matter? With physical or digital, it all gets installed on the hard drive of the systems, and is just a series of 1's or 0's. Why does the medium for delivery matter?
Any games that i can buy physical, i will buy physical. It has advantages over digital in ways such as i can use the case for display (such as persona 5's magnificent steel case) and i can sell it back whenever i finish it or get bored with it.
I love my Persona 5 steel case!
I'm actually thinking of getting a separate shelf for my steel book games to keep it more on display. I have enough of them now that I can do it without it looking paltry. Either that, or just pick out a few of the nicer ones and display them on plate holders on some random shelves around my game room.
I love physical , I am old so maybe that is why. I like the pile of games but my wife hates it. Sometimes if I can't wait or didnt preorder physical I will go digital, but it is rare
If she hates it, you need to talk her into letting you have your own game room.:) Take the big TV, the stereo system, get some comfy chairs, and have fun.:)
Physical all the way for me. I don't wanna be downloading 40-50 GB games with my crappy internet.
Love owning my physical copies of games including music,which sometimes I share among my friends.
I buy all my multiplatform games digitally on steam. Haven't had any problems. I only buy my PS4 exclusives and Nintendo games on physical media
I totally agree with the author.
Unfortunately the future of gaming for every company except Nintendo will be a Netflix style game streaming service.
Fortunately for those of us who prefer physical media, that future is still a long ways off. There are still some very serious technological hurdles to overcome. However, companies like Sony and MS are already laying the ground work for the gaming industry of tomorrow.
This is the future Microsoft envisions. Because then they will be able to keep game prices at the origninal launch price. And kill off the used market and people sharing and selling/buying used games. They will get a license fee off of everyone that play's it.
But, as long as the consumer stick's together and don't sell out we will be able to stop it. If only we can keep down the number of ostriches that don't see what will happen until it is too late.
Actually it's Sony that's leading the way with PS Now. But both companies want what you have mentioned. No more used and sharing games. No more pricey hardware.
Nothing is better for the consumer investment.
I still prefer a physical copy for AAA games. I like digital for small games though.
And always will be.
I don't mind digital free stuff, but for puchases they must be tangible.
I don't trade my games.. so I have all my games ready to play at all times, no clutter in my media center and no worry about a damaged disk.. plus new games are only a click away..
So yeah.. you do you, but physical isn't better then digital in my world.
I buy physical because it keeps people in jobs
The title is misleading nothing is said about the advantages of physical media. It only talks about consoles inability to have an excellent backwards compatibility feature
The last of us on psn $69 aus. $30 at eb games. No contest
The only reason I find it better is because of that new game smell. Trading in your games has always been a gigantic ripoff. I have friends that had massive collections keep trading handfuls of games to get at most, 2 new games... Just to repeat that process until they have almost nothing...
I will always prefer physical when it comes to console. On PC I primarily buy through Steam so either way is fine although if they had physical I'd go that route. The idea that the lack of an internet connection for whatever reason would keep me from playing my purchased games is always at the forefront of my mind so give me a disc please.
I've always liked physical media but lately I have been converting to digital. The ease of use and convenience is just fantastic.
I figure I'll use gamefly for physical games I just want to try and for games I really like I'll buy them digital.
Passwords, damaged HDDs, necessary internet, etc.. I will never go full digital.. I already miss having complete games at launch without the need for patches and DLC..
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