Format wars could soon be a thing of the past if digital downloads continue to explode. Games.net lists the reasons for and against digital distribution changing the game for good.
i that a real question?
in probably five years, high speed internet access will be standard. Meaning that you could get super high speed internet for probably the same price as you pay for high speed now. Sadly i do like to physically own it, but look at the music industry. Granted most files downloaded are bad sounding compressed mp3 files, but there has been a slight improvement. The same with movies. Now they are coming in HD. With higher speeds that we will see, we will probably be able to download HD movies pretty fast. In probably 5 years dig distribution will be standard. BR and maybe HDDVD(possibly both could coexist) will still be around, like cds have with music.
yes i would like to download 10-20 gigs of data please, oh and a back up hard drive for just in case purposes, much more convenient than having a tangible disc in my library. edit: yes ok music industry, 4 mg is a lot different than 4 gb. Also, i know that Ive had this happen as well as other, you buy a cd, for one or 2 songs and you are stuck with a lot of crap that you really don't like. Granted there are a lot of great bands and make entire cd's that are worth it, but there is a lot of artists that have one or 2 hits and the rest is filler than they come up with greatest hits albums. You really can't do that with movies or games, you can't pick and choose what you want, its either the entire thing, or nothing, very differnt than cd's.
physically own it, but agian look at the music industry. I still buy some cds, but its mostly downloading. Then again, you might buy all your music on CD as well.
will take over. due to us being lazy. physical media is nice, convience always wins. Ex. you could go to the grocery store, but instead you`ll go to the variety store. Soon, it`ll be standard to order your groceries and have some poor sap deliver them. why do McDonalds do so well cause its better food, nope, because its convient. "Convience Always Wins"
that might not be the best example. Around when the internet really started to boom, many analysts said that ordering food online would skyrocket and it really hasn't to this day. I can see games and music being ordered online by the masses, but stuff like groceries or tvs for that matter(you want tot see what your getting) i don't see happening)
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I would have over 50,000 Mp3 files. Of course I have them as back-ups..lol Anyhow I haven't own a physical CD in like 6-7 years. I' m a technology/gadgets guys and always welcome the digital age, as well as competition. 1. I always said the Digital age is upon us, slowly but surely, all there will be left, is classic/retro music shops as everything will be downloaded unto players, just like Ipods, these days.In will be 2050, and these little shops will be below ground, and very hard to find. AS everything will be way above us with flying cars and such..hmm reminds me of a movie.. 2. TV's, if you couldn't tell, will have HDD's built in with a Network card, connected to the Internet. You will be able to watch all kinds of programming and use all types of PVR functions built in, rather then having a separate device do it on the side. 3. I predict compression technology, believe or not, will get better. We are just waiting for a Major break through in the next couple of years. Games will be easier to download, if your so worried about the sizes as of now. As well most people will have faster access. I had this dream where, you would go to your local Mall or shop, and bring this Medium with you, where the game you want, would be downloaded to it and you would connect it to your console and it would transfer unto the HDD..ala like a flash drive. So eliminating CDS. Of course HDD's will and have been getting bigger. Space and Speed are the biggest factors, as one keeps improving and one keeps getting cheaper.
Not everyone is offered high speed internet. Place rents house where I'm staying for the summer isn't even offered DSL. In 5 years, everyone won't have high speed, but most will I bet. I just don't see people not wanting to physically own their movies, games, etc. The middle aged people for the most part still don't even understand MP3's. Dig distribution will be much more mainstream, but I don't see it overtaking brick-and-mortar establishments for a while.
(which won't be available to everyone in five years, large swaths of north america do not even have cable TV forty years after its introduction) it takes a looooong time to down load any file as large as a video game or movie. Digital distribution is not going to be the top dog any time soon; possibly not for decades.
I am not with digital distrubution..im not goin to wait hours jus to download movies..not everyone is goin to have high speed internet..
The current games like arcade games(WarHawk) will be the limit for a couple of years.
Reality check- how much of your music and movies comes off the internet? From iTunes, to streaming YouTube, to Xbox Live and PSN, digital downloads are an industry-wide reality. Yes, there is still a need physical media. And there probably always will be. But the majority of the industry will be download-oriented, maybe with discs or memory cards as backup.
Yes it will be the wave of the future, but not for AT LEAST 10 years down the line.
Yes, 10 years but not for the rest of the word... Bill not everyone lives under a rock like you do. Let me guess... you can't shut up because you finally upgraded your modem for 33k to 56k?
Other system will deliver HD products a lot faster and cheaper. The only thing holding these products back are big coporations who don't want to see thing happen because it would means lower store sales.
Xboxers on here complained that HDMI and HDTV's wont be mainstream until 2015 how in the hell is digital dist going to take over in 5 years!? Good luck with backing up those movies and games by the way! DVD' shrink is great!!!!
ehh??? why would people have a problem backing up their games and movies.. when the all mighty blu-ray writable disk wich capacity of 200GB - 1TB will be available within a year or 2. What? You dont have faith that people can backup their games and music using blu-ray?
Couldn't agree more. My vote is that this is another over estimation of technological advancement, and an over estamate of how willing people are to adopt new technology.
People still like to buy media in there hands...I dont ever see retail going a myslef...how am i to buy used games and trade in games i dont want..as a gamer we should all revolt jusy so we can buy used games
you do realize that used games sales only hurt developers bc they don't profit off of them. More sales of used games is actually bad for the industry. Developers should get paid for their hard wok.. ..and besides you stated in one of your posts to stop comlaining about PS3s high price. According to your philosophies paying full price for games shouldn't be a problem either.
that all the Sony drones are against digital distribution. Or they say it will take at least 10 yrs to become main stream. Is this bc your precious PS3 is on a 10 yr plan and has a BD drive? Pathetic.......... Why should I pay $600 to watch HD movies on Blu ray when I can download HD movies for a few bucks.
Do you think the number 10 is a random number they came up with?... Sony said that the PS3 will last 10 years.... So they believe that digital distribution starts when Sony introduces their next console. Pretty much digital distribution starts when Sony says so.... hahaha! That's why pretty much every Sony lemming is against digital distribution... because they feel digital distribution goes against blu-ray... which is sony's PR agents command them to believe.
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