With digital distribution already the norm for PC gamers using services such as Steam, Origin and Impulse does this signal the end of the good ol’ disc?
no way, there are many gamers who do not even have internet, and even if they get it, you would need very very good DownLoad speed or wait for a long time for your game to download.
Fair point. I am in the corner of discs. I will miss them if they are lost from gaming altogether.
It's inevitable! That shift is already happening rapidly and I give it another 5-years for pre-dominant digital downloads and another 5-years for discontinuation completely. The gaming population is among the most connected, next to mobiles obviously. I do miss discs, because I love having a collection, hoarding? ;) , and find great deals on clearances games and etc, far better than if bought it digitally. However, it is what it is! @ashbc: You know, I have so much Collector's Stuff and frankly I spent too much money on it. It might just be good for me to let it go. All my stuff was bought new. I have ME LE, Gears of War LE, and so on all sealed. Then sh!t like this comes out: http://gizmodo.com/5823485/... Xbox 360 with R2D2 sounds!
I know it's probably going to happen eventually but I can't help but feel sentimental for the technology I grew up with. I think that if there is more profit available by using discs publishers, being the greedy fucks that we all know they are, are going to continue producing games on them, whether to compliment DD or rival DD is where the matter will get interesting. I love hoarding my games, hence I rarely trade games in. I certainly hope they are still around in 20 years time even though I can't help but think they wont.
Haha, I thought I had a problem. I am a sucker for collectables and limited editions though. Already have my Gears 3 epic edition pre ordered. Spent money on the halo 3 legendary aswell.
I have MW2 console, Halo: Reach console + Legendary Ed, and pre-ordered Gears 3 console. Also have the MGS4 LE PS3 ;)
ya. physical copies will always co-exist along with digital media. just like how movies co-exist in forms of movie theater. digital. dvd. blu ray. streaming. downloads.
I really doubt it. Microsoft are currently looking into a disk with better storage capabilities and for all we know Nintendo and Sony probably are still looking to further their disk usage. It will happen in the future there's no doubt about it but I really don't think it is nigh. However ask me in around 7-10 years time and my answer will more than likely be different.
I don't know. When Shane Kim was still with Microsoft, he openly commented that the next Xbox might not look anything like the traditional game console, that it might be more of a cheaper, digital distribution hub. I have no doubt that MS is looking at different storage technology - but I wouldn't rule out digital distribution taking on a much larger role next gen. It's cheaper, it cuts out losses due to used game sales, it helps them manage piracy - it just makes sense from a business perspective even if it's not what gamers necessarily want.
But don't they have a partnership w/ Game stop to further develop the concept of digital distribution. if not i don't think MS will offer all their games to be distributed Thur 2nd or 3rd parties digital services, i see them creating something bigger than Xbox Live or just buying someone out.
At some point in the future we will leave discs behind. Although I don't think we'll be there for another 5 years or so at least. You can currently download full games on xbox straight to your hard drive, but I don't think they see same-day releases and they aren't competitively priced.
I highly doubt we will be gaming 100% digitally in 5 years. I know I won't.
No, Give it about 5 years then maybe yes, too many people at present still unable to download stuff.
I would say 15-20 years. There are still return issues to address with DD. ISP's with data caps. Insufficient network infrastructure through out most of the world.
15-20 years? I don't think so, probably 5-10. Look at 15-20 years ago and see how much we have evolved. It won't take another 15 for us to evolve to DD only.
By that time frame we would to evolve by leaps n bounds. 100TB SSD n home DS3 network connections would have to be cheap. Oh and a very healthy economic situation world wide. Yea I don't see happening in 5-10 years.
No. Honestly, they're not going to be gone for a long, long time. 1. Bandwidth limitations do exist. Even many U.S. providers have caps that they don't advertise. Other countries have hard caps. If all the people who currently buy on disc, which is the mass majority of gamers to begin with, then you bet ISPs would be looking for more ways to either curtail downloads or start charging a lot more for higher tier download limits. 2. DRM is a huge factor and with EA coming out with their own digital store, it just shows that companies still want to control as much of their products as possible. 3. People will still go towards the product that allows for more control (resale), faster price reductions, and portability. Nothing on a HDD is portable. In all honestly, the reasons for the answer being "no" now haven't changed at all since 6 years ago when people started saying that digital would be the mainstream way of things in 2010.
Next gen will likely emphasize it more then ever. I can see every game being available for download as well as retail. It will gradually become the standard and by the time ps5 comes physical media will be a thing if the past. All your reasons are trivial issues that will adapt to the change of standard over time.
What the hell is a disc?
Like a cartridge, but less cool.
Not at all.....Next question.
This would seriously hurt the gaming industry. How many times have you decided to purchase a game after reading the back of the box at a brick and mortar when you were young? Hell, I still do it on impulse. It's pure free advertisement. And what about your right to trade/rent/borrow? Gone...and that's what the industry wants...but what about us? I have a hard time believing gamers want this, especially when shady companies like EA control the DL process and how long you have to redownload games you've already purchased. Give big business that type of power and they will screw us over with overpriced BS. You can't expect everyone to adopt Steam's way of doing business. Image what the Gamestops of the world will do if they no longer had the cash cow that is the used games market and start scoring exclusives?
Don't see why they can't co-exist and offer an alternitive to downloading. Also some games run straight through steam with the disc anyways but you can still buy the discs if you wish, so i don't see the need to get rid of them yet , personal preference with this one. All though the majority of PC sales are digital now.
Can you imagine buying a collectors edition which then has a code for you to download the game. Physical media will be here for a long while IMO
honestly I do prefer getting games digitally. Sure I love the fact that I have the actual game box, but when I download at an average of 4mb/s it takes me 30mins to download a fame that is 10Gb. Which means that I dont need to go grab my car, head to the store, come back, start installing. It saves me way more time, and also I save on gas :)
unless you have one of the network services that caps data downloads at 2 or 4 Gb per month.
yea totally, in that case id go with a hard copy. My cap is 120 so i dont really need to worry about it.
give it one more console gen and sadly, i think it may go the way of the DoDo! I love collectors editions or just standard, if the box is awesome (the witcher 2 comes to mind, an amazing standard edition!) The New console gen will start in 2012 with the Wii U in april and the NextBox coming in November 2012 most likely, PS4 is sure to follow closely behind in the following april/may slot, and for this time period of 6 or so years after, there will be a steady push towards digital with physical media still around, but by the time the PS5 drops, I think we will see an end to the game-in-a-box :(
bandwidth limits suck in ontario, so hopefully not.
Japan loveloveloves discs while Steam/PSN and other download-only stuff are almost negligible. Maybe discs are on the verge of being cut back a bit in the West but in Asia there's no sign of slowing down for a long long time.
I don't think it'll happen in our lifetimes. For it to occur we'd need internet available all over the world. At a minimum i'd say 30 years. But even saying that it may never happen.
No. DD-Exclusive isnt anywhere near being practical yet. 1. Most people prefer having physical media rather than just a file sitting on an HDD, It makes it feel like you actually own something rather than just having a licence to use it. 2. Current platter based HDD's are far to unreliable, The average HDD has a life span of about 6-7 years. what happens after that point? the HDD craps out and hasta la vista to you're potentially thousands of $ worth of games/movies/music ect. SSD's fix these issues to some extent, but they are still far to expensive to be practical. 3. the average person in the U.S and or Canada currently has an internet connection of around 7mb/sec and even that is only a theoretical peak (not actually usable for a single file download) usually reaching 1.5mb actual DL at a given time if lucky. Maybe in 10 years or so if/when 5TB+ SSD's start showing up for under $200 and internet connections reach a USABLE 100MB/sec then maybe DD can completely take over for physical media, til then not likely. Edit: Forgot to add, There are still alot of people that don't even have internet connections.
Physical media ftmfw. Installing a game to your hard drive works just fine, and who can deny that euphoric feeling of leaving a midnight release with your limited edition. I detest the idea of digital download or streaming only. Just keep it as an alternative and everyone will be happy, what's so hard about that?