CVG- Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has said that game publishers are divided in their opinions over how digital software should be priced versus their packaged retail counterparts.
I actually agree with Sony, digital software should be cheaper. For Iwata to suggest that a physical disc and digital copy are of equal value is absurd. If you download the game then you can only play it on 1 console, and you cannot trade it in.
Sad truth is that if they do indeed keep the price at retail. It also means the developer will gain more money from it. Unless someone is ready to stab another.
You can buy Nintendo download software from retailers, who are allowed to set the price any way they want. Meaning some retailers (like Walmart, for example) may follow the msrp while others will price more competitively.(Like Amazon.) Because these codes will cost retailers less to purchase, ship and stock, those savings could well come out in price allowing for even greater price differences than vitas set $5 dollars. Competitive pricing could further lower prices, along with the occasional store specific sale.
There's no overhead on the digital distribution costs, so it boggles my mind why they should even be entertained as having the same price.
It actually has more to do with retailers complaining that digital sales will be more if they are much cheaper. Its the best way to get their support sadly
Isn't the whole point of digital download to save money? I mean what is the point of it if your not saving money? I think a digital version of a game should cost between $15-$20 less than a retail version.
Unless a full game drops to $40, it's not worth not having a disk to prove you actually own the software and aren't just buying a license to play it which you can't do anything with once your done, not even enjoy it's presence. It's just a file on a list, you can't justify it compared to a real collection of carts and disks that you can display and collect and own.
I remember when digital downloads came out (during the war...) they said it would be cheaper because there is no packaging or shipping cost involved. so far they havent kept to this they are more expensive than shop bought games. which is crazy and why the gaming demographic wont go fully digital download as people would stop buying them.
I don't mind not being able to play the games on someone else's system, but I do think the digital games should be cheaper. Game companies could give a discount and still make more money per title in the absence of printing, packaging, shipping, and storing. It's fairly obvious that the brick and mortar stores like GameStop are standing in the way of a vast price gap. I don't think prices woul lower that much, anyway; companies know that they can make $50-60 per title, and as digital downloads become the norm as with other industries, that price will simply become the expected rate. If it doesn't affect consumers, anyway, I guess I like the fact that developers get to put more money in their pockets. I'll miss deals on used games, though...
Something telling me that Crapcom and Lolvision want their digital to be the same high @$$ price as their retail.
retail will be the one to watch because each retailer can have sales clearances on titles that arent selling. Online they will stay the same prices
We know which publishers want to charge more. You only have to look at vita store to find EA and Capcom and surprisingly Sega charging rrp. The thing is the internet allows us to get games cheaper and consumers who are tech savvy and want digital also know they can get physical copies cheaper. kudos to Sony for offering digital cheaper, Nintendo are charging full price cos they know their games are gonna sell well full stop.
Well atleast we can all agree this isnt something Nintendo & Sony copied of one another. Oh wait...but we want them to, dont we? I am glad Sony had a survey out months before the release of the vita asking the consumers(not the publishers) whether or not there should be a price difference. Also PlayStation share helped; I just hope Nintendo's stand doesnt influence Sony to change its policy. Everything from dual analog sticks to a $5 discount on digital games regardless of what the retailers think, is all in part of learning from their mistakes with the psp(and pspgo) and adapting to the current climate. Yes, it may seem as though the vita is sufferring from a draught at the moment(like the psp did all those years, but its games are coming, they just require more polishing,shine therefore more time to make. But on topic, I hope Nintendo reconsiders this. I know 5 bills may not seem like much, but I am sure some will take notice. Withe the way their patforms sell,it shouldnt matter much what publishers think really.
Nintendos game downloads have the potential to be even cheaper than Sonys as they have opened up the market and allowed retailers to price and sell the digital games. Because these digital codes will cost less to buy, ship and stock, many companies will lower sale prices in order to stay competitive. It also allows for sales on any given basis.(amazon deals or black friday, for example.), and in fact this is what iwata Expects to see out of this model.
I dont know about that, I mean Sony has set a 10% discount on its digital vita games, but that does not restrict 3rd paty publishers from pricing their games even lower if they wanted to. On a positive note, i will say Nintendo prices their games well as is,so this probably wont mean much to a lot of people except those whom will likely feel cheated somehow.
digital downloads are kinda BS in the fact that they hardly ever drop price, unlike places like AMAZON
price it right and I'll buy, but i prefer physical copies
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