Over the past 5 or so years, the gaming industry has changed dramatically, and while some factors remain the same like the types of games customers buy, there has been a substantial push towards digital purchases.
Here we go with the hype pieces.
"The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) put out a report today which highlights the changes that took place over the past year in the United States and compares them to historical trends." http://essentialfacts.thees...
"gamers want best graphics" gamers want games
They want both! Games and graphics.
Yeh and xbox has loads of games. If you think otherwise ur a muppet.
Don't be silly.
Yeah because you would rather read doom and gloom articles instead right?
Ofc! Who doesn't enjoy some comedy?
The day that the price for digital games drops by say $15...that's the day digital will win. Not sure why companies are still charging the same price as physical games when clearly the process for digital is much cheaper .
Bandwidth costs, server costs and (gasp) people who are willing to pay whatever they're charging.
Agreed this crap needs to stop what's so funny is even if there is a push for digital by some specific consumers exactly why does that also mean there is a push to try to get rid of physical? It's just the dumbest thing I've ever heard of basically people are begging for Less options? Lol
I wonder what kind of crappy gamer i am since i always buy discs and only cares about games ?
Only big budget games i have that's digital is mafia 3 and destiny, everything else is physical except what little indie games i have. Personally i love having physical copies for my collection.
I think its safe to say gamers want the best games and graphics for their buck.
And they combine subs, DLC, MT, OC(steam/GOG), etc into digital sales to bolster the numbers that digital is somehow overtaking physical. While the ESA is reporting on gross revenue, you know people will use this as 100% proof that physical is basically dead because they don't take the time to look at how the numbers are derived.
Microsoft has been on the right path but for different reasons, one is listening to Xbox fans and delivering great content like BC and good Live deals, also One S is a formidable console, they are lacking exclusives and hopefully they can get back on track. Graphics don't sell Consoles or games, if they did nobody would play Counter Strike, League of Legends or Dota and guess what? Hundreds of millions do. Also Wii sold insanely well without graphics.
I would not call the live deals good. Most of the big name AAA games on sale could be found physically at lower prices. I think this is what really holds digital back. Use Doom for example, I have seen the physical game go on sale for $20 and $30. In this last spring sale on Xbox the game was $40. I'll take the $20 physical game over the more expensive digital game every time.
If you say they are on the right path but need to get back on track doesnt that make it sound like they went down the wrong road .
Graphics certainly sell games and consoles else nobody would have care about Consoles with 4K and PC gamers wouldn't spend hundreds of dollars on new video cards.
Logical explanation. I am sure they can all agree with you if they pull their heads out of the sand. But they seemcontented in that position. Guess you should wait until after E3 to see if they feel safe enough to bring those heads up.
If consoles that do 4k is that important to gamers then why ps4 slim outsell pro by large amount and the vast ps4 userbase isn't upgrading to pro ? I think the reason for this is ps4 gamers are getting the same graphics setting as the pro but at 1080p instead of upscaleing to/checkerborad 4k so no feel losing anything or left behind or forced to upgrade and Sony give me game after game after game is what i care about most
Because most people dont have 4k televisions, I am sure there is a price consideration as well
Sigh Digital will never replaced Physical
Exactly. That article that popped up included smartphone apps and mobile games which make up a lot of the percentage. As far as console gaming goes digital is in no way close to eclipsing physical
i don't know why it's so hard to simply report what actual game sales are on consoles to actually have an accurate number. All these kinds of reports do is make people who want physical to die have some kind of ammo to act like most game sales are digital, when for any given game, the digital sales are in the 15-25% range, with certain kinds of games having higher digital percentages than others.
It already has.
It can, but only when they stop trying to control the property of their consumers. There has to be some breakthrough, where they can limit piracy, but still allow full ownership. Then, and only then, will digital replace physical.
Eventually it will, but we're still many years from that on console.
Of course not. We would literally need to move to a non material world. But digital will continue to grow. Like it has been for a long time now. With certain games they make up up to 30% of the sales. Sometimes sony releases digital and retail sales combined. Take that number and subtract the number from vgchartz which counts only retail and you get a good estimate of how many digital have sold. In some games its been pretty high. With some games digital is also more accessible. How many times I've looked for a game in store and couldnt find it! Especially JRPG's.
I buy jrpgs asap especially the more niche ones because once the initial release is gone some games are hard to find, but most games you can find at a decent price.
I mainly buy digital. I like having all my games in one place also I can game share with a friend of mine so I don't have to buy all the games. Sure, I can't resell them, but I don't really care about that. The only time I buy physical is when I see a really good sale for a fairly recent game. Ordered Wildlands yesterday from Amazon for example.
😂 are you serious? It 100% most definitely will! You see a blockbuster anywhere? How many CD, record or cassette tape stores can you find on your high street or in your closest shopping mall? Now, will physical purchasing of digital entertainment go away entirely?... no, probably not but you can be damn sure it will continue to be replaced by digital purchasing and video games are no exception. Give it till next gen and I guarantee that you will be travelling to Timbuktu and back to get a physical copy of your favourite game. They will still have physical cases on shelves for the collectors im sure but there won't be no disk in there when you open it, it will just be a card with a digital download code on it. In the world of consumerism, convenience will always take presidence over physical effort. Just a simple fact of life.
There's a BIG difference with music. No DRM. I've gone all digital with my music, because I can do whatever the hell I want with it. I've got backup copies, and there's no limit to how many devices I can play it on. If gaming is ever going to go all digital, it's going to have to have the same abilities.
Lol. First off, Blockbuster business was RENTING media, not usually selling it. That's a huge difference. Second, digital media is essentially valueless. You can't re-sell it, so you're essentially throwing money to something that is incapable of holding value. Physical items hold value, digital items don't.
Actually record stores are still around, and are becoming more prevalent. Vinyl sales grew 54% last year alone. So yes there is ALWAYS a desire for physical media to whom it matters. http://time.com/money/40564...
There are more digital gaming platforms than physical.
Pretty sure there isn't.
We've seen it in other media such as music and movies. We have also seen it within the game industry with PC games. I think it's only a matter of time
Guess you haven't played on PC yet. Physical is less than 1% of PC sales.
I hope physical will always be an option. However that's not THEIR interest and they keep pushing for digital only. I m not feeling optimistic for the future.
Trying to screw over the used game market can never be considered the correct path. What part of this basic concept is so difficult to understand?
Steam started that and won the war against physical. Yes, you can still buy a PC game with 6 DVDs in it, just to use your code and make it useless. ITs just a matter of time.
I bought 1 physical copy this gen. I started digital last gen. I am not pushing for the demise of physical, but Digital will win eventually. It is just way more cost effective and faster from a business perspective.
There will be no balance if industry pushed way too much on digital.
And the end of game stores. That will truly be a sad day.
@SideNote What games store? Gamestop??
@SideNote, It would appear the same people that want MS to be stronger because they think competition is good for the consumer - which actually is not always true - apparently believe it will be better if hardware manufacturers have no competition for game sales.
I went all digital for xbox360 and xbox one. I regretted doing so when I traded my one in for a ps4, it's lost money with nothing to trade with. Now I am buying all physical games on ps4, and am actually playing them through too. There will always be the download only game which I'll have to get though..
Sure you did
I am 100% digital with xbox one this gen
Its people like u who will forever change the gaming industry and make the big 3 so happy.Companies love clueless customers.
@Whatever234. And it is people like you that I cant stand. People that feel they have the right to tell people how to spend their money. Who on earth are you to tell me how and on what I should spend my hard earned money on?
Cost effective? I can get a physical copy of a game cheaper than a digital one 9.5 times out a ten. Up to and including on day 1!
I like to be able to play the games right at midnight without going anywhere. Can't do that with physical.
you can actually get your physical copies at 9pm at most places.
It ranges between 11 and 2 in the morning depending what time zone it releases in in central time zone anyway.
I just dont get why people prefer digital over physical. Sure I have a couple digital games but thats it. I like having all my games sitting on shelves and what not. Plus most of the time the physical game can be cheaper then the digital.
I still remember the first time my account got banned by sony,i was playing dark souls 1 solo and then boom i got signed off and recieved a message from them.I had no idea why they did,and i didn't care enough to call them as i jsut got the game and i always solo my first runs of souls games. luckily my copy of dark souls 1 was physical and i just made a new account right after i got banned and enjoyed online. I feel more secure with a physical disc. On pc i don't care,because i got no choice now,there's gog but that's still too small and doesn't recieve enough support from AAA like steam(and steam has stated that if they were to shutdown they'd allow their users to download their games and steam isn't closing down in my lifetime,i know that for sure).But there is a choice on consoles,and i'll pick the superior one.
Assuming you have good internet and enough storage it's more convenient, you can also gameshare with friends or family. Price is and issue though.
Games are expensive. I trade in the games I finished and often get day one games for half price. Even if I really want to keep a game I feel good having it in a box, able to delete it to make room and re install it in minutes for later replay. I gave up trying to understand why people would go all digital filling their HD space and upgrading their HD, even whining games take too much space. I do buy digital for small games or exceptionally some big game.
I wanted to mention, after looking this chart is so stupid. I see it adds subscriptions, games, game add ons, mobile apps, and social network games. WTF for real when was the last time I could get snapchat on disc. Just seen the website mspoweruser.com go figure. If they want real numbers they need to go game physical, game digital and compare. They cleary cherry picked this graph.
LoL Gamers want better graphics but yet the only thing i see mircobots get hype for are 360 games lol
Tone it down a little, You might trigger somebody. lol
Digital buying preferred unless game comes with col statue or tons of content. Majority of the time all digital for me .
Another clueless customer.
Am clues for buying things how I see fit or how I want . Personally don't care for physical , so not to concerned if it desappeared.
publishers love digital...their profits soar and consumers lose.
How? Retail rips off both the customers and the games industry.
Yeah! How dare producers have control over their own merchandise and turn in a profit?
I will buy physical as much as I can, never have enough hard drive space, digital is worth nothing when you finish the game and I dont have to have my licenses authenticated online to play and physical has better pricing long term, why go digital