Battlefield 3 has already seen its release in North America with the shooter’s European launch happening this Friday.
Digital downloads for full games will never be a success if publishers keep doing this.
Way to skank the gamers EA/Sony. Naa not into digital dowmloads for games. For comics and music yes, games No! But that's just me :)
Who wants to have comics or CD's only downloadable either? Pfft, online comics? That'd kill publishers because then anyone with half decent graphical skill can produce nearly the same thing. Plus CD's sure that's more accepted today but you really think people would prefer not to have a CD of at least their favorite bands? I love it myself. I even plan on getting some vinyl of them too. I want physical media, it's something you can remember and hold and provides your money's worth, not just the content.
if they wanna boost digital downloads ... which tbh is costin em far less compared to disc distribution (as it involves disc creation, recording, packaging, printing, shipping, distribution, product placement etc charges)... price should have been 35.00 Quids ... But nope they are chargin em at higher price 50.00 quids ... totally dumb move in my opinion. The thing is they are charging RRP ... which tbh is for retailers ... they should be chargin far less as they are the publishers themselves.
you do know that average cost of making a disc is about 70 cents... recording and all that combined. no offense but you are spewing crap. Either way, you are given a choice if you dont like it then just by the disc. not really losing anything there.
Might get it online, since importing takes longer. However, a price tag of £50 is too expensive! Dont dont have to tax/print it... Cmon ea/sony if you really want to promote psn, you should drastically lower the prices...
That's only EA's fault. Sony doesn't have any say on price.
I think sony is going in the right direction actually... Wasn't it reported vita games will be cheaper to download than buy from stores?
I just bought the physical copy, and I confess it is stupid, but will buy the digital copy again, it makes things simpler because now I can just jump quickly when I get an invite, and get back quickly to my other game when I finish. I just hope they inform us beforehand that they will do this, same thing happens with Infamous 2.
They don't have a choice! They can't risk alienating the retail chains; especially on something that performs far worse than retail chains! Look at the PSPGo fiasco! Retailers won't even carry the small Memory stick Duo and Gamestop refuses to carry the $20 PSN cards! If anything, they will wait for next gen to fully push this and have 1TB standard HDD!
Why pay £50 for a digital download when you can get the retail version for £30 from Asda? Not only that, when you've had your fun you can trade it in against another game, you can't trade in a digital download! Digital downolads won't take off if this keeps happening.
It's a complete rip off but its not just psn, digital dl on the xbox is prohibitively high. At the guy who says the disc cost a mere 70cents, with digital they aren't losing near 50% to the retailer or the cost of boxing etc. If Sony, MS and the publishers want digital dl to take off and they do because of used sales, they need to bring the prices down by about 25% of usual retail. Otherwise it just isn't an attractive option when I can buy for less and trade for 40% when I'm bored.
Totally agree, they need to be at least 25% less than retail! I'll never download full games while they're either the same or more than their retail versions.
I was saying this last week in the comments section of an article about online Passes and how digital downloads will be the future. My comment got loads of disagrees. Publishers have to price retail games higher on the PSN store and Xbox live marketplace to keep retailers happy. Retailers know that if a downloaded game costs the same as the retail version then a lot of people will choose the download version cause its so easy to access. Publishers can't tell the retailers they are lowering the prices because they need these retailers to sell the hardware and retailers can easily choose not to sell the hardware like a lot of them did with the PSP Go. Digital Downloads will never be successful as long as Publishers rely on retailers for selling hardware
I don't know why Sony decide to charge insane amounts for these sort of PSN games
Sony have nothing to do with the pricing, EA are the publishers.
Its simply because ur buying straight from the Publishers that they sell it at full RRP Price.. I dunno if they still do ti but game retailers will often put 49.99 RRP but then they sell it for 40... Its no different than buying the physical media straight from the publishers website..
£50? What the hell is EAs problem? That's a lot more than the retail version.
Not if u buy it straight off the publishers website i doubt ;) used to be that way anyway
digital copies should always be cheaper
I think it is to do with retailers. Its a bit of a bluff. Sony wouldn't lower the price so to avoid upsetting retailers. Sony could realistically sell it at a very low price but that would cut off retailers. The threat of retailers not branding their games/ branding opposition games is a threat. This is why games online (at launch) will never be in competition. Sony has nothing to lose if the price is high as they do not loose physical value unlike retailers who have to buy the games weekly to meet demands. It was explained on a bonus round on gametrailers. Its basically maximum profits with little to loose and also not trying to annoy retailers.
This. Has you noticed that at every press conference the first thing they do is thank retail/publishing partners.
Beat me to it! @Europeans: Noticing people saying they're paying 70 Euros for games! That bites man, you guys pay more Euros than we pay dollars and the Euro has 40 cents on the US$/CAN$.
I already have pre-ordered this for 40 quids. I laugh at this PSN version.
Same with the PC, £30 retail (delivered to your door) yet £40 on Origin, the 'makers' own online retailer. Pricing themselves out of it. Fools.
This this this I bought amazons dd version for 40. I would have paid 60 on steam if steam carried it. They effectively screwed themselves over 10 bucks if they had to pay valve 10 bucks to list it on steam.
This has always been the case hasn't it? I saw Driver: San Francisco on the PS Store for €70 (around £60 probably?) on release. If the likes of Sony and Microsoft and all big publishers want to push digital distribution next-gen they're really going to have to actually incentivise people to buy digital as opposed to retail, as opposed to actually charging more for it.
I was hoping that BF3 had an mandatory install where it'd install the entire game to the HD.. but alas, it wasn't true. ... So, You know what? I might just download it from the PSN store.. 'cause then I'll have the full game running off the HD = Faster loading times, Better performance. :P
That's not a bad point, actually... I had heard some issues with texture streaming were evident... but is an extra £10-15 really worth it? Honestly, I'd still rather have the disc, even if they were the same price though.
well i wud never buy it digital anyway i love my disk with cover just looks better sitting on my shelf IMO:)
with as slow as my download speed is from sony i might be able to walk into the store friday faster than it could download!
Maybe even crawl faster then can download ... lolllll.
Isn't the high price for download version is the buyer doesn't need to deal with the disc? Of course, the download version has no value once you bought it since it can't be resell or given away.
IF the digital versions are lower than the retail versions then the retailers will remove your products off their shelves because your ruining their business which is why the digital versions are more expensive. Sony can't afford their products to be taken away because it will hurt them, not only with games but with peripheral sales as well. inFamous 2 was also £50 when it released.
yeah, a complete fu*&n rip off, 69.99euros here in ireland psn. digital dLoad saves companys so much cash when u dont got any manufacturing and distribution, should be like a tenner cheaper then in the shops(40euro).... fuk that, its only 50euro in the shops, anyone who gives sony/ea that cash should be shot ^^ but like someone else said, would it run any better from the hdd... not sure, i bought ACbrotherhood for 30euro off psn awhile back and it freezes up for half a second every couple minutes, and i know its got something to do with running it from the hdd....
£49.99 is the RRP but still, that's no excuse, if anything the digital download should be £40 and a disc copy should be £50!
I got a psvita survey asking hypotheticaly how much they would charge for digital vs memory cards and if they sold it at the same time I would buy digital vs physical. Simply because Sony is tryong to win the battle by cutting out the physical disc/cards and recoup the profit loss/cut. And I support sony. And all its developers. Not gamestop or walmart. Sony has been trying this a la infamous 2 digital, ratchet n clank and now we see cod black ops for more than the physical copy.
Here's what you do. If that's too much dont buy it on PSN. There, that's not so hard, is it? You don't have to download it.
it's £50 but can't you use it on 5 different PS3s? so it basically £10 and you have to buy 4 online passes. This would only work if you have a few friends willing to do it, I mean who wouldn't want a great game for like £15 unless you can't download full games on multiple PS3s?
If it's like certain other games, like GT5P or Warhawk, it makes it unplayable on another console at the same time and actually locks the other console(s) out for 24 hours.
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION IS THE FUTURE- Yeah f**kin right ¬¬ The future I see is online passes for everything and overpriced games, meaning developers/publishers earn more money than they should, and then suddenly lose it all because nobody can afford the games, all because the publishers already took all our money.
Well it suits me as my Bluray drive is knackered :)Ive been fretting all week as I didnt know for sure if it was going to be out on digital download.I love the Battlefield series,I still play 1943!!!.I have left call of duty series as although was good,nowhere near as realistic as the Battlefield series and actualy feels like your fighting in a box type map.I dont mind paying the 50 quid as its all I will be playing for sometime.Im not keen on any other type of game..I love BATTLEFIELD!!!!!!
So,its good for people who have ancient FAT ps3s like me :).I have fixed RLOd on other machines,the PS3 I have now is a 40gb..its a later model as it has the Black plastic power unit instead of the metal one and has improved Heat sinks/fan...I have spare blu ray but need to swap parts over and cant be arsed at the moment.If I had swapped over blu rays parts or find out why mine isnt spinning disc then I might have bought in shop
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