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I'm Moving To A Completely Digital Future

We weigh the pros and cons of moving to a completely digital gaming catalog on the current gaming consoles. Is a completely digital future, in your future?

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Razzer145d ago

Strictly? Hell no. Like the article says, the best deals are still in physical copies and then there is resale value. I only buy digital when there is a really good deal that totally negates the advantage of physical.

Skull521145d ago (Edited 145d ago )

I've been all digital for years and loving it. Microsoft had it figured out before this generation started but decided to change there strategy over crying people resistant to change.

You only find the best deals in physical copies because they are forced to keep the digital copies the same price or higher to keep the middle man happy. What is Best Buy going to do with their million physical copies of a game when everyone is buying it $10 cheaper digitally because they don't need to pay the physical cost of discs/printing/shipping costs? They quit stocking the games. As a developer/publisher, once you've sold to those companies you've made your money. You end up with those deals because the middle man has to get rid of the stock they have.

Once physical copies are almost gone on consoles, you'll see the Steam situation, with digital discounts all the time. PC is just a number of years ahead of consoles, but we'll get there eventually.

psuedo144d ago

So online play will become free again like on PC?

DarXyde144d ago (Edited 144d ago )

"I've been all digital for years and loving it. Microsoft had it figured out before this generation started but decided to change there strategy over crying people resistant to change. "

In their original vision, you could buy games physical, you just couldn't resell them. What are you even going on about?

"What is Best Buy going to do with their million physical copies of a game when everyone is buying it $10 cheaper digitally because they don't need to pay the physical cost of discs/printing/shipping costs?"

You can buy brand new games, physical, for less than the cost of a new PS2 game. It's called Amazon.

"Once physical copies are almost gone on consoles, you'll see the Steam situation, with digital discounts all the time."

Wrong. All digital means the console manufacturer controls the pricing. A launch title could cost full price until the next console comes out. That, in turn, hurts sales. Do you really believe Microsoft or Sony would drive down prices if they knew that they are your sole provider of content? You are delusional. I wouldn't be surprised if they do it now with the intention of luring you into that false sense of security that prices will always come tumbling.

It's pro developer, but anti consumer.

KTF26144d ago (Edited 144d ago )

I got physical nioh for $45 while it's $60 on playstation store
I got physical Hitman Season 1 for $35 while it's $60 on playstation store
physical Horizon Zero Dawn cost $35 in my country while it's $50 on playstation store

and the list is long I won't wast more time

mcstorm144d ago

@all above I have moved more or less digital on the xbox one last disk I got was forza 6 and that was because it was £25 in game when I was getting another game. Now I just look about but often find a game on amazon digital for less. I got Gears 4 for £25 and the VIP Edition of horizon 3 for £30.
I also shear my Xbox with my brother who is in a different city to me so when he buys a game I get it and the other way round so even if we do pay £10 more for a game its still less than if we both went out and bought one.

Its each to there own at the moment I buy physical games for the switch but that may change going forward.

freshslicepizza144d ago

@DarXyde
"In their original vision, you could buy games physical, you just couldn't resell them. What are you even going on about?"

You could resell them, just only at authorized dealers. It was too early to give exact details because they pulled it but they did indeed have a plan to resell them.

"Wrong. All digital means the console manufacturer controls the pricing. A launch title could cost full price until the next console comes out. That, in turn, hurts sales. Do you really believe Microsoft or Sony would drive down prices if they knew that they are your sole provider of content? You are delusional. I wouldn't be surprised if they do it now with the intention of luring you into that false sense of security that prices will always come tumbling."

They already drive the prices down on their own but it is indeed factual that physical cannot be priced higher than digital.

"It's pro developer, but anti consumer."

Well Steam and Microsoft offer refunds on digital purchases but Sony does not. So you are partially right.

EatCrow144d ago

@DarXyde

Their original vision was unreleased so we really dont know how it wouldve been.
Their messaging was off but I think they had a lot of good ideas such as game sharing. Which may be making its way. As far as reselling...whats the point? Apparently most people keep their old console and old games...at least that happens to be the convenient argument against backward compatibility on xbox one.

@KTF26

I wont even begin to list the steam purchases ive made. The list is endless.
Pocket change.

_-EDMIX-_144d ago

"Microsoft had it figured out before this generation started but decided to change there strategy over crying people resistant to change."

Huh?

Why would it help you to have less options?

If you are digital only, then.....well you are doing what MS sorta wanted, so who cares? Why are you mad at options you won't even use by choice? LMFAO!

"Once physical copies are almost gone on consoles, you'll see the Steam situation, with digital discounts all the time. PC is just a number of years ahead of consoles, but we'll get there eventually"

Ummmmm says who? You know that for a FACT? Where is it written that a developer MUST make their game at a discount on digital?

http://store.steampowered.c...

OH AMAZING so pay $60 for a game that came out in 2012? Are you crazy?

vs

USED for $5 on PS3

https://www.amazon.com/Call...

PSN and XBL have sales too bud. PUBLISHERS decide that sale, ie the same publishers that ok the sames of their games on PSN and XBL, are doing it on Steam too....

". You end up with those deals because the middle man has to get rid of the stock they have. "

Ok, that is simply a BASELESS theory of what you WANT to happen.

Yet...Call Of Duty on Steam.....

Soooooo yea. I don't think you know what they will do and you can't 100% guarantee that they even will do anything of what you've stated.

ONCE they control the market place, they have NO ODE to lower the price. They will decide if they EVER want to lower the price. Many sales are to combat used games, ie they are trying to get money of fans who might buy used or who might buy PHYSICAL on PC.

Once no CD exist and we have no used, they have no competition. They don't need to compete with used games, thus...they can keep the price FULL PRICE FOR YEARS!

Again...Call Of Duty is doing this and the damn game has a PC DVD Rom version and used console versions.

Oh, but you think they are going to pass on that savings to you, the consumer? oh....oh boy lol

darthv72144d ago

I got the physical collector's edition of Song of the Deep from Barnes and Nobel for $8 where as the digital version is probably double that. My guess is there were WAY more physical copies created than the demand so they were over supplied and had to sell them at a loss.

Then again how much does it actually cost to produce a physical game?? Maybe they didnt sell at a loss but it was certainly a better deal than the digital only.

rainslacker144d ago

There is no reason that PSN or XBL have to keep their prices high for retail past the initial release. They do that because they have no actual inventory to get rid of, and can just get as much money as possible as long as possible. Most retailers do not stock millions of copies of games. They buy games that go down in price cheaper through distribution channels, typically mandated by the console makers themselves. So the reality of the situation is is that publishers lower the price of retail copies quicker than they do digital copies, and there is absolutely no reason they can't match that price online.

To believe that on a closed system where there is no outside competition, which Steam does have, will somehow show more frequent and bigger sales or price drops than we do at retail now is absolutely illogical, because there is absolutely no evidence that such things would happen....particularly when you look on Steam, those prices for multi-plat games are often still more expensive than their console retail counterparts.

freshslicepizza144d ago (Edited 144d ago )

@_-EDMIX-_
"Why would it help you to have less options?"

That's where you seem clueless on the PC format. They sell games on various stores not just Steam. On the console you have one digital storefront. However things are starting to change there too. EA has their own games being offered through EA Access for example. You do want choices right?

"OH AMAZING so pay $60 for a game that came out in 2012? Are you crazy?"

Nice, so now you're going to cherry pick one game on one PC store. How about Resident Evil 7, how much is it on consoles? Well you can buy it here on CDKeys for really cheap,

http://www.cdkeys.com/pc/ga...

See, when you offer competition you can indeed have better pricing.

indysurfn143d ago (Edited 143d ago )

Then you don't own very many games, or are constantly buying hard drives. And you can't trade in CRAP! Not to mention once they take the game off the server you better have a perfect hard drive that someone does not age. If I was rich I would do the same thing except I would also buy a physical copy in case I wanted to play it 7 years from now.

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Seraphim144d ago

I'm not really concerned with resale value. Granted once in a great while I do buy something I decide to flip or trade in for whatever reason/s but a vast majority of my purchases are keepers. If there ever were any doubt I'd definitely buy retail.

However when it comes to pricing that one is one thing I can't overlook. Why pay $60 for a digital copy when I can get a physical copy from Amazon for $50? Same applies to older games that are discounted but still demanding more digital. I still believe going digital should come with a benefit financially. No disc= no manufacturing in burning the disc, no case, no paper in cover art, no shipping to retailers... We all know that's far fetched but at the very least there should be more sales and better price points reflecting the retail world on the digital markets.

Hard drive space has always been a concern as well but nowadays even retail games are taking 20-60GB of hdd space. Also with the price of storage coming down it's finally becoming closer to a mute point or concern.

That being said I am becoming more open to digital but will stick primarily with physical games. For Destiny 2 I decided to just go digital because it's a game that's not going anywhere. And call me lazy but it's also going to be nice not to have to change the disc. If I buy The Show next season I might just go ahead and buy digital. I tend to stick with one game at a time but there are certain exceptions and those are two of them.

However, I definitely cringe at the thought of being forced to buy digital. As a collector I like having a media case filled with games and having stupid special editions to buy. Also, as witnessed on PS4 I tend to now overlook some games that I bought or got w/ PS+ because I never look at My Library and instead scroll through the home page. I completely forgot I bought Dragon Age and a few other games until last week when I actually did go to my library. Side note, Obviously we are buying games for said console but I'd like the licensing to extend to a +1 generation if available. If I buy a digital game I want to be able to play it w/o buying it again next gen on my shiny new console. I think that would be a nice consumer benefit and I'm sure they could even do more than 1 generation if they wanted.

FallenAngel1984145d ago

I still have a library composed of both physical and digital cuz I can get different deals in the different mediums

_-EDMIX-_144d ago

Agreed.

Physical when its new and something I want day 1 or week one etc.

Digital when its a good deal and cheaper then what I can find physical. (or something I won't mind not owning the physical version of)

Iltapalanyymi144d ago

i'll never fall for the digital "future" -meme

Krysis144d ago

I bet PC users used to say the same thing.

EatCrow144d ago

Until they saw the error of their ways.

_-EDMIX-_144d ago

lol

I still buy my PC games on disk.

Lennoxb63144d ago

@EDMIX

You can't be buying too much then lol. The vast majority of games on PC are digital only. Of course you have the games that PC gamers have been playing for about a decade on disc but other than that... Zilch.

OffRoadKing144d ago

Nope, I still prefer physical media especially for AA games, you enjoy your move though.

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