In our day and age of technology and innovation, a new era is upon us: the digital era. As technology progresses, we are beginning to realize the simplicity and convenience of downloading something, instead of going to the store to buy it.
Digital is great, but when internet providers wise up to 50GB next-gen game downloads and they start capping data we're pretty much at their mercy. In an all digital future anyways.
I can't see hard copies going out anytime soon. I personally love owning the physical product, being able to look at it in a bigger collection and see the case art as well as manuel etc. It's just my preference and as long as the hard copy is available, I will continue to buy.
Same here. And it can be a lot cheaper as stores compete against each other and want to clear their stock. Also, it ensures I will always have complete control over my own games.
I might be old and set in my ways, but it just feels right to have hard copy. That way, no matter what happens, as long as I have a working console and the game disk, I can still play it. problem with digital is what happens in 20 years time if you want to pull out that old game, but it's no longer there to download?
Hard copies will be around for a long time
Honestly I will always want Physical copies of games, I just like the idea of having the disc in my hand and popping it into my console. It's like you own it after paying for it. The thing with digital is how long it takes to download and the fact it uses memory space. I mean games in the future will have bigger and bigger file sizes and yeah we might have better hard drives but if the file sizes get bigger then it's not going to make much of a difference.
This digital initiative is an industry thing: they want it and we the consumer have no choice but to accept it. Or stop buying the product. Hopefully such stubbornness doesn't kill the industry. Hopefully.
As long as people keep buying it, they will keep selling it. That may not always be the case, but if anyone goes solely into digital and discovers their not getting the sales they expected, then hopefully this will show everyone else to keep a disk copy coming out. They were saying when Blu-ray came out that it wasn't needed as digital was going to take over....still hasen't yet. As the speeds of dowloads get faster and hard drives get bigger, the games are getting larger too.
I only like digital as an additional option. I buy everything physical when I can. Those that want to go all digital next gen can. Those that want physical discs have that option. Having physical & digital is the best system. It works in the comic book world. If the time comes where there's $60+ games & digital download is the only option (like PC) then I'll have to reconsider the video gaming hobby. What would be the point of owning a console when the best benefits are tripped away? I don't call a disc used only as a delivery method to your HDD a physical copy. You know, like buying a physical PC game that uses steam. I don't buy hard copies for show & tell. I buy them because they have more value. It has artwork & info, maybe a booklet or a map. Plus, it has monetary value. If I buy a game & it's not what I thought or I just flat out hate it I can sell it. I put $60 into it. Anything that costs $60 should have a value after you purchase it unless you break it in half. The digital only flag-wavers & supporters may just end up killing the hobby for me. All I have left for physical disc gaming is console & I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.
I only buy physical copies when there isn't a digital version. Like Beyond: Two Souls. Sony has no excuse for not making it Day 1 Digital.
I buy digital when things are on sale or much cheaper than physcial. PSN and Live continue to charge the same price and provide little value for me to buy from them online. While my steam account continues to grow and grow even thought I will never play all the games I have bought from the sales.
I only ever buy physical copies of games and I don't think digital downloads are the future as game file sizes are getting larger generally. Nothing like owning the box and disc.
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