The future of game distribution is always just around the corner. This article discusses alternatives to the standard disk-based distribution system
I will never be for full digital distribution of full games. Just for the simple fact I like owning the actual case, art work, manual, disc and not to mention I don't wanna be stuck with a game for ever. If I buy a game I should be able to sell it when I please, if its all digital I can't do that. I would rather carry my game discs around and be able to let my friends borrow them, or be able to sell my games then have the "easier" option of a USB stick in my pocket.
I can defo see it and id rather be on steam if thats the case lol they have the best offers and i can play with a pad just have to move my pc so i can feel more console-ish (i feel more relxed gaming on consoles then pc,but psn store is better then live market place psn puts any type of game on offer or anything on offer xbox live market place its just arcade games plus working with real money beats nintendo and microsoft points anyday
yeah, i just like the idea of buying it once and getting access to it digitally. example, i bought fable II, it got a minute scratch on it so i couldnt play it, and i had to buy another copy. I already had license to the media, but the medium was what was damaged. so i had to pay for another copy/license when i should have been able to just download it or something
Until the companies figure out they need to charge 5 or 10 percent less for digital copies of games than for real copies sold in stores digital distribution will never take off. Their saving money from the production line to the clerk in the store. They obviously see this savings in the gleeful greedy eyes of corporate profit. They don't have to cut out all the extra profit. They just need to give back to gamers for not having physical copies. Everytime I see things price for price the same I'll go for physical.
I agree on the pricing issue. However one of the key reasons MS, Sony and Nintendo havent dropped prices offered compared to the retail is..... they are still HEAVILY reliant on retail and can't afford to upset the retailers. So they offer games at the comperable "retail" price in order to keep the retailers from feeling too threatened. Why you ask do they have to keep them happy? Because the retailers rely on the software sales not so much on the hardware margins. If they stop making money on the software they are much less apt to carry large amounts of the hardware. And this is where a service like Onlive really shines....it has no reliance on retailers for the hardware. Times are a changing my gaming friends. The future of gaming is upon us and its looking less and less like a set-top box and disc.
or have a digital distribution backup as part of Xbox Live and PSN+ and steam is usually pretty well priced especially as the game gets older they know how to depreciate and have good sales. Half Life 2 was 6.99 a few weeks ago!
or flash drive distribution. that would be sweet. same cases, but with a flash drive inside
This I agree with. Video stores should also work on the same principal. You just cruise down to the blockbuster with your thumbdrive look through the movie cases take them to the counter give them the thumbdrive which doubles as your membership card they load up and you go home. To stop piracy they could just have it use a custom end rather than usb and give you a tv adapter when you sign up.
I know many console owners throw doubt towards digital distribution, but this kind of delivery/service truly is one of the future avenues for gaming. Online cloud service is the second avenue. That said, what has to happen for digital distribution to take off on consoles is two fold: 1) Offer day and date release for games on the consoles. 2) Offer up a discounted price for pure digital distribution (even just $10 would be enough I think) and frequent sales on back catalog like Steam. MS has taken that initial step w/ Games on demand for Xbox Live but their pricing is off for older games, they dont have day and date release yet and I have yet to hear of a sale on any of their games on demand library. Sony dipped their hands in with Warhawk...but since then have not done a full retail game to my knowledge. I hope the publishers embrace digital distribution sooner than later...but that they take lessons from Steam and learn how to truly operate in the online space.
this guy knows what im talking about!
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