CC: EA Games' European publishing boss Dr Jens Uwe Intat believes that whilst digital distribution will continue to grow, it will not be the majority of business for the publishing giant for quite some time.
My boxart and manual!
It's the publishers decision. Gamers aren't going to abandon gaming if they do change to digital distribution as mainstream though. The publisher wins every time.
Yeah I like to have the artwork and manual too
Yeah, I do like turning around and seeing them all. But I've got so many now I need new storage. And I've upgraded to a 320GB Hard Drive for my PS3 because of Betas and full games.
Remember the game manuals for Fallout 1 and 2? Or Baldurs Gate 2? They were 50-100 pages long.
As long as file sizes continue to grow exponentially, DD will never become mainstream.
i got about 2.5tb space on my pc. more then enough for any DD. plus storage is cheap on the pc. most games are within the range of 5-8gb. which would mean i could have about 240 games on pc id say thats more then enough, also getting more stoage is not a problem. DD for PC is very viable.
I'm referring to US internet speeds and how long it'll take to download 20GB games, not HDD storage. We're way behind other countries as far as bandwidth and connection speeds. Sure there aren't 20GB games now, but I said games are increasing in size so 20GB isn't out of the question years down the road.
"No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer." - Bill Gates
I believe digital is the new path forged, that doesn't mean I'm pleased with it..
Whats the resale value of a digitally distributed game?
Would you buy a DD game if it was 50% cheaper? Probably yes. Would you buy a DD game if it was the same as hard copy? Probably no. Therefore there must be a sweet spot between those two extremes that leave the majority of people happy.
Steam deals 4tw And Rashid, http://www.kotaku.com.au/20... Coming soon, and publishers get a cut, unlike Gamestop.
Also with DD games, there's no saying companies would ever lower the price. You go to Target or Best Buy and you get sales occasionally on games, there's no way for individual stores to discount titles if companies only release them online. Just look at PSPGo. There were articles saying the downloadable games costed as much as $7 more than hard copies in some cases.
well sure systems which are directly controlled by sony or microsoft have no competition. IE psn or MSlive network have no competitor out there. Hence getting a good deal on them is hard. on the PC, we get crazy deals from places like steam, d2d etc because there is competition. i bought about 70 games from steam so far in 2 years. i must have saved around 1200usd on the games alone compared to buying console versions. now thats a huge saving while playing the superior version.
I just added up my stuff Champ21, I saved about $600 by choosing the PC version on a steam sale, good to know lol. @ElementX, that's the problem with Console DD, you'll very rarely get things at a discounted price, PC on the other hand has competitive DD markets, games get real cheap, fast.
but but pc gaming is soo expensive haha. /s ppl missing out on deals from DD stores like steam etc dont have a clue what they are missing out on and how much extra they are paying on games. @letros Psn or MSlive becoming successful as DD systems, and retail dieing out could spell disaster for console users. As MS and sony would then see no reason to lower prices. Hence console users better hope retail doesnt die. though even the retail does milk them pretty hard.
When the game is a packaged good on a retailer shelf, buyers control the price history of that game much more than a publisher. The retailer needs to move slow selling games to make more shelf space. The used market drives down the price of the new game. Within months, most games have dropped at least $20.00 and some even more. When games are digitally downloaded, the publisher has full control. Space is no longer an issue, used games dry up. Will they even have a way to rent games anymore? What are they going to do, give you 7 days to complete a rental before it is removed from your harddrive, much like the 24 hours you get with a movie?
As long as we have download limits (Belgium), no way DD is gonne be mainstream anytime soon.
Just recently I looked on Steam to pre-order Battlefield Bad Compay 2 and saw it there for £34.99, at an online store I used quite often the had it for £24.99 with othes at the same price or within a few £ and thats why I'll keep buying hard copies. I have nothing against digital download, I buy and download regularly on my PC, PS3 and 360 but not having to put a disk in the drive is not worth the extra £10 Steam are charging.
First, all IPs need to increase their download speed to at least 100Mb, second its has to be cheap and third some IPs need to remove their monthly caps. These are only a few things that come to mind that will get in the way of digital distribution, but I'm sure there's more.
N4G is a community of gamers posting and discussing the latest game news. It’s part of NewsBoiler, a network of social news sites covering today’s pop culture.