VG247 Writes: Speaking on the latest version of GameTrailers show Pach Attack, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has said he thinks retail games going download-only won’t happen any time soon.
For once, I can't believe it, I actually agree with Pachter............... I prefer a physical copy as I'm able to do with it as I please, like trade it in, sell it to a friend or let my friend borrow it or even bring it around with me. When I download a game, like I have with a few on PSN and XBL Games of Demand, I feel as if I don't OWN the game, but merely am renting it from them.
Even though I don't mind digital distribution, a solid of portion of gamers worldwide much prefer a physical format. By voting w/their wallets they immediately ensure at least a few more years of physical gaming formats. Good for them for making the industry listen to consumers.
Pachter: "No chance in hell" He'll be right soon. Although having said that he is probably right on this, this can never happen for a long time because whilst parts of the world have the infrastructure (America, Japan) the rest of hte world does not have the required internet quota to be able to download and download and download.
Going digital won't happen anytime soon. Just think about all the people working at various Gamestop's and other places... All will go jobless if this happens. Not only that, but there is an entire 2nd hand market.. You can't rent games, you can't buy it cheaper used... It's just not feasible. Also people just prefer to have a hardcopy over DD. Companies might provide an option in the future with Digital downloads and Hardcopies, but none will go fully digital anytime soon. Even the next gen consoles will have a disc format. You can bookmark this for future reference if you want.
Well, DD can certainly include the ability to rent games. Itunes and other services already do this with movies.
Damn straight, I will buy all my games retail as long as they make them, I like cracking those pesky activation limits, everyone is so quick to put the control of the games in the hands of an Ubisoft run server, but when you have to call technical support to get a god damn single player game working, it will be too late, the monopoly will have gather speed, and you'll be told politely by customer service to go F yourself... + game cases are tasty. I make sweet love to my game manuals on cold nights... *clears throat*
Take it from Mike Pachter, Blu-ray haters! Take it from Mike Pachter, Microsoft! Take it from Mike Pachter, Xbox720! The PSP Go was a sacrificial lamb to tell the world that a digital download ONLY like the next Xbox720 ain't gonna work for the masses.
Of course you agree. It's like agreeing with someone who said Peanut butter is sweet. Or sun is hot.
Peanut Butter isn't sweet, what world do you live in where peanut butter is sweet???
You didnt have to go all Vince Mcmahon on us. But i also agree nor would i want it to be download only. you think we are getting ripped off now by DLC, wait till DD starts we will have games fully gimped to be sold in pieces. Then still be charged the same price as if the had to print discs or add packaging. Digital Distribution is full of FAIL ......as of now......keep it with PSN and XBL titles thats as far as it need s to go right now
He either likes stating the obvious or pull things out of his ass.
#Looks Around* Hm the worlds not ending Pachter just made good valid points, anyway I doubt consoles are gonna go DL only as well. For Sony it would be a mistake(another one) to do DL only(you remember the PSPGO?) Especially since they have Blu-ray, which is taking off more and more by the year.MS is more likely to go the DL only route but I doubt their even gonna go that way, they'd probably invest in a new HD format or something(oh wait). I don't even have to mention Nintendo but Nintendo, nuff said; what the hell they ain't gonna do it either. Disk have to much sentimental value, at least to me.
Wow. Congratulations on stating the obvious Pachter.
What are you kidding me? Dawn of War II is a steam release on disk Dawn of War II chaos is a steam release on disk Supreme commander 2 is a steam release on disk. Do I need to say more. Most games these days are becoming bloody steam only installs even when you do buy a disk. Games won't be download only ever my arse. This guy probably never bought a game so never knows.
He makes predictions keeping consoles in mind. Since his payroll revolves around consoles he likes to pretend PC gaming doesnt exist. Few weeks back he made a comment on RTS games and said "RTS is turn based" rofl He doesnt have a clue about PC gaming and since PC gaming is a decade ahead of consoles. It would be right to assume some games might go DD only on PC and if that trend keeps up. Then 10years from now it may very well start happening on Consoles.
Patcher is always wrong. It's even joked that what he predicts, expect the opposite. So, if he's saying there is no way, then.... dee de dee de dee de dee de (lame attempt at the Twilight Zone opening music)
@ Raptura I'm with you. Normally Pachter is a complete schmuck who doesn't know his head from his arse, but in that statement I am in agreeance. Games being download only is a long way off. People enjoy the presence of a physical disc, and actually owning property. Downloading full games might have a place in the future, but since the development of VHS and BetaMax tapes for movie viewing, people have come to adopt physical media as owning a piece of property. You pay for it, it's yours. I love that sense of security and the vast majority of media users also have the same mentality. DD might have a future, but for now those of us average people enjoy the sense of ownership of property.
OMG! He did it... HE F*cking did it! For the FIRST TIME in his life, the dude is RIGHT!...
DD will begin to dominate once Sony or M$ go the Valve route and start selling their DD games at sweet prices every now and then like Valve does. DD isn't going anywhere on console if it's just used to push old games. So even though it's estimated that DD is 80% of pc gaming. It's also known that console gaming follows at the heels of pc gaming. Pachter is still right. If Sony or M$ can make an extra buck off their user base. There's no chance in hell console games will go download only soon.
DUDE WTF!!!!!! another pactor story from the same video thats already IN another story on here!!!! report this shit as duplicate, someone ban that site from posting here, all their doing is posting provocative pactor quotes from a video which could of just been linked in the first place!!
Yeah this is strange. He's right.
I hope he doesn't jinx us
psp go sales are saying the same thing.
I wouldnt agree. DD is doing so well on the PC. PSP in general is tanking in sales anyways. Be it hard copies or DD. Cant just Blame DD for bad sales on the PSP go.
That doesn't explain why regular PSP still sells over 10 times more than PSP Go. In Japan PSP sells more than PS3 and almost everyone still buys regular PSP over PSP Go. It looks almost like that PSP Go was never released there.
Oh no! Game are gonna become download-only now! D=
this clown is always mentioned in the news on N4G, he doesn't get anything right .... is it worth our time ? .. no seriously ...
Once every 2 years he hits it wright on the nose this is it 6 month and 9 days to go wrong.Its going to be a long 2 years to go. @peppeccard he's the comical relieve character
I prefer digital copy of my PC games while on console, I love to have physical copy.
Thanks Mr. Obvious, Want a cookie?
when will you stop getting things wrong?
The biggest impediment to wholly digital distribution is the global lack of cheap and accessible high speed broadband capable of making it a convenient, efficient, cost effective and trustworthy alternative. As it is, many countries have restrictive or limited broadband services. For example as an Australian, while we have high speed internet, its not comparable to other countries like Japan, Korea, US and countries across Europe; and it's expensive. We have all sorts of data caps and pay-for-bandwidth plans that would make downloadable games unaffordable (one company has an effective monopoly on the infrastructure). Games these days can run up to 50GB of data or more with BluRay, which on my current contract is almost a month's worth of download before it becomes capped- it would effectively add hundreds of dollars to the cost of purchasing a game in using up so much purchased data.
I don't even think Microsoft want to go download only. Microsoft is delaying their next console, with Natal... I'd imagine by 2 years ( XBOX 720 Christmas 2012 ) now the reason they are doing this is to see how the ONLIVE think works and if it would be wise for them to do some console around it. They also need to see how peoples internet speed change, at the moment 9 gigs to download is a lot and games are set to get bigger. Microsoft aren't really too worried, the 360 still preforms and the games look decent. Sony has probably all ready started on the PS4, by which I mean they are fixing the issues people had with the PS3 and learning the lesson. SO more ram and more intergrated friends stuff. UNIVERSAL online/music system. I think Sony will still have a BLU-RAY PS4 but with the 200GB one, this ensures that they put pressure on Microsoft to have a VERY large hard drive is they go download or lot's of bandwidth if they go the onlive route.
Well considering that global average download speed is 1,7 Mbps, no chance that ppl would download PS3 games over buying physical copies. With the latest blu ray upgrade allowing usage of discs of 66 GB capacity... Just imagine downloading that over 1,7 Mbps. Not to mention that you would have to have gigantic hard drive to fit all those games. And when next gen comes in a few years, who knows, perhaps optical mediums will have 1 TB capacity and by that time I highly doubt that everyone in the world will have sufficient download speeds to handle that. Perhaps in 10-15 years.
you're all saying you prefer a physical copy but we all said that about CDs and look how much they've gone into obscurity since iTunes became so overpowered
Just look at the sales of PSN/XBLA and retail games. Case close. Does not mean they can't exist together. There is obviously a market for 'full game downloads'.
They are on Steam lol
its so obvious even Captain Obvious didn't show up in this article...
Wow, I'm actually hoping he is right on this.
bluray is here to stay
DD will never be the only choice in the future or ever. Even with music you can still buy the cd albums and you notice the artist talk about that instead of itunes/download the majority of the time. People want to have a case,hold the item,etc. Also think about bc with future consoles,you aint going to put a hdd full of games on the next console and then the same for the other console that's after that. download is only good for small little psn games,,not big retail one's.
No chance in hell in consoles rigth? Because PC have DD since looooooooooooooooooooooooooong ago
but only as an option, i think it'll be a long time before pc goes download only, if it ever does.
way to state the obvious patcher, at least he can predict the common sense and obvious ones lol its not going to happen as long as all xbox 360s don't have HDD and Blu ray games are 20 plus gigs. Not exactly practical to dl 30 gb to play 1 game now is it.
Why the F*#K does this A-Hole get payed? I can come up with [email protected] he say, but more accurate, this guy needs to just go the hell away! Kindom Come- Voice of the People :P
There are still MANY people who cant get internet service because of where they live or they just cant afford it.
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