A little feature asking should MS go digital only with their next console.
Yes..but if the discless drive is another SKU then so be it. If it is the ONLY SKU then the 720 is in for a looong bumpy road to failure. Evil
More like they are laying out a red carpet to failure for the 720. There is no way inn hell Im re-buying all my 360 games to play them digital
that MS plans on releasing a discless 720 model for the non hardcore gamers that only want kinect crap and netflix, obviously for cheaper, but I don't see the point in that since blurays and smart tv's can stream Netflix and apps now.... but I'm guessing the price point might attract parents so who knows... Then they have the more expensive model with a disc drive, HDD and all that good stuff for the serious gamers.. Just don't be a hardcore gamer thats broke or stingy! LOL! okay, found the article: http://www.gametrailers.com...
For me it's simple. No disc drive, no purchase. I am not buying games that have no trade in or resell value of any kind. Most people part with their games once they grow tired, complete or just need some additional funds to get new games or recoup some cash in general. I'm not worried about it though because MS is anything but stupid and a move to digital only would be sub moronic.
'MS is anything but stupid' I agree :)
Spot on, I cant do full digital since the broadband speeds in my country are not up to par. Well, this is still a rumor so there are more necessary information that is withheld (around 99% information).
This would be bad for console gamers. It would completely eliminate used games.
Well yea...that's kinda the point..
It could be the next Microsoft or Sony console.. it doesn't matter, if it doesn't have a disc drive then its a no no because digital distribution only for me doesn't work.
I think the PSP Go has at least shown Sony that the market isn't yet ready for an online-only distribution service. If they decide to have another stab at it (or anyone, for that matter) as the only SKU available on a home console then it would be a very bad move.
I don't really think it does. I'm just imagining a Xbox Live that's more like Steam.
The purpose of a console is to not have to wait 3-6 hours to play your game. All digital would be a mistake.
3-6 hours :) It's more like 3-6 days for me - still trying to download ME3 from PSN! Downloading from PSN is an exercise in patience (7pm - 11pm mainly) - Xbox Live is not bad at all. Sony needs to add more servers or quit throttling my downloads!!!
Im with you there. I wasted 60 dollars on the digital version of ME3 because it refuses to download. I try to redownload it every day and it just freezes up or gets an error code during installation and it's driving me crazy! ...I wanna play it so bad... :(
Downloading from the PSN, compared to Xbox Live is like Night-to-Day.
In case my disagree'er thought I'm hating on Sony, that isn't the case. I mean, the only console I own is a PS3. Is it illegal for me to say something slightly negative about the PlayStation Network if I just so happen to actually be having a serious issue downloading a game? So I apologize, but I don't understand the disagree I got.
If this is the way MS is going, I might as well skip the next Xbox and hope that Steam Box comes to fruition, mainly because Steam knows how to put on a good sale, and they have a massive established library. There is no way I'm going the digital download route unless pricing blows the hard copy price right out of the water. I doubt the same company that has issues with developers releasing content for free and charges for online play is a company that's going to offer compelling price points, especially in comparison to all the deals you can get on disc-based games these days. But going digital download only seems far too stupid for anyone to attempt. Not only would it limit the market Microsoft would have, but stores, especially GameStop, would have far less incentive to push it over competing consoles. Plus, marketing your console as a great media center doesn't work so well when you can't play DVDs, Blu-Rays, or any disc-based Xbox games, and all your media services are locked behind a subscription. Valve could get away with a Steam Box since it would do nothing but grow their business. The complete opposite is true for Microsoft.
I'm copy pasta from a similar story I commented on for a third time. "If Xbox were to go all digital, two things will be expected to happen. 1) Sony, Nintendo, and any speculated console (sans Valve's rumored "Steam Box") would dominate the market by continuing to offer the hard copies of games. I predict that these companies would be given the edge in a market that may not be ready for such a shift in how we obtain our products. 2) Microsoft could be expecting to see the price in game manufacturing increase, as is the norm in console iterations. MS could be deciding that by offering a digital copy over a hard copy that they can keep the price down in their favor. Given that by the continuing pattern of inflation, we would be looking at games starting at $75-$85 per disc. This would bring their sales down substantially. This is also not taking into account that discs cannot hold that much data, by today's standards."
Does it need a disc drive? NO. However it does need physical media. Blu-Ray or Cartridges or it will fail.
It'll be fine as long as it wants the sales of the PSP-GO. I don't think any company will be dumb enough to do that again.
yes, physical media will always be better than digital downloads.
OMG! Enough with this sh*t already! Its going to be atleast E3 2013 before we gonna find out.
I hate Hard drives
... ... ... erm... ... ... ... Hard drives hate you
so much for backwards compatibility....maybe just the digital downloads....
here is an iron clad reason why it wont work, download speed & download caps plain & simple it cannot work with the current internet set up the way it is. Case in point i have a 15mbps speed from my ISP with a 150gb max for the month. I downloaded a 14gb (i belive) file for DC Universe a couple months ago it took over 4.5 hours to download the game & another 1/2 hour to install. The game had been released for a few months already & it was late night early am (non peak times). Imgaine downloading COD on release day on next gen 15-20gb file with my speed what would it take 3 weeks to download? This cannot happen. Also take into consideration if a game is say 20gb & you have 100gb cap of internet you could download 5 games in one month & not touch your internet at all for the rest of the month? The idea would be suicide for microsoft what they are really doing is throwing crazy rumors out there so they can do somehting less crazy & people will overlook it since the crazy rumors proved to be false! Its smart marketing is all it is!
Seeing no problem here. All it means is I don't have to go out and buy a game. The time it takes to go and buy t I can have it downloaded in this time and you can spend money on other components other than disk drives. Everything is going to the cloud and gaming is no exception. Its 2012 time to look towards the future.
The cloud is no more a viable option for primary gaming than it was six months ago. The infrastructure needed to allow for the same type of game consumption that physical media currently experiences is still more than a decade away. When you can download four 15GB games in the time it takes you to go to your local store and buy em- and when you've got a hard drive big enough to handle a library in the 30s- then you can say there are no problems.
Answer: no, just so long as they don't mind almost no one buying it.
Of course it does. Microsoft wouldn't be that stupid or shortsighted...or could they?
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