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Physical vs Digital Games: Are We Headed to a Digital-Only Future?

As digital media becomes more and more popular, GameSpew weighs up the physical vs digital games debate and ask if physical games are still relevant.

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darthv7290d ago

We've been heading that way for a while. It's just taken longer to accept for others. PC is 99% all digital for over a decade... other gaming will fully get there soon enough.

shinoff218389d ago

Thats great for pc, completely different environment.

gold_drake89d ago

was just about to say the same hahaha

Asplundh89d ago

The article says a pro for digital is that it's "often the cheaper option"
That definitely hasn't been my experience.

shinoff218389d ago

It's almost never the case. Especially more so after a month or two. I bought Alan wake remaster for ps5 for 1049 off Amazon. It's never been below 12 bucks digital. So many other games are often way cheaper on disc. That's some bs their pushing and it's annoying because that's what people see it's assh articles like this.

It might be the case for rare physical releases sure but those aren't majority at all.

FinalFantasyFanatic88d ago

It only ever applies when they are deep discounts, but that happens with physical too, generally physical is cheaper overall if you exclude sales.

hiawa2389d ago

Are we headed there? Have you been to a Best Buy, Target, Walmart lately, in the video game or movie/music sections? They are a fraction of the size they once were, so yeah, we have been headed there and most of my games from the last two gens for all of my consoles are digital, so I am fine with it. It is happening whether you like it or not, and at some point will be all digital.

shinoff218389d ago

Walmart depends on which one you go to. Walmart near my house(just outside the little more dangerous neighborhoods) they lack its never filled, alot of double triple rows.

2 other Walmart around my city(better neighborhoods) are stocked pretty damn deep. Aside for Xbox which has dwindled.

BlaqMagiq189d ago

It'll be a terrible future.

Physical now and forever.

CornholioX89d ago

I still love physical games to own but in the future, it will be pure digital one day. If physical games still want to exist, they'll have to make a new disc drive which will never happen. Downloading games is now much faster to install than installing physical games and filesizes aren't getting smaller over the years. Next gen consoles with physical games are mostly like 2 discs to install but depends which games. Terrible future or not, it will be one day. I'm an old school gamer who still love to put disc in console and just reading instead of installing.

mastershredder89d ago

What’s with the “are we” topic? Hello? Yes. Thanks gamespew for catching the late bus to the discussion and delivering as it is an original idea/topic .

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N64: Recompiled — Creating Native PC Ports Is A Godsend For Game Preservation

"In a time when companies don't care about preserving games, I have high respect for the creators of projects like N64: Recompiled." - Hanzala from eXputer.

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gold_drake1d 8h ago

it is, i might be finally able to play Snowboard kids 1 full screen ha.

purple10111h ago

il beat you to the ski-lift,

framerate on snowboard kids was shocking, do you remember./?

talking of shocking framerate and kart racers style games,
Sony had a gem on ps3, with 'Modnation Racers' but again, framerate was so terrible, still fun though, indeed, when is drifting sideways not fun, the answer is never. we have not seen enough of that game, technically some people made race tracks/games in dreams and little big planet etc, but its just not the same,!!! grrrrr

morning rant over.

here, relive some ,memories. https://www.youtube.com/wat...

itBourne9h ago

The load time on ModNation where also excruciatingly long... But man oh man I wish that game took off more, so much fun! Could turn off garbage rubber banding, I had karts with 100's of stickers to design some crazy cool stuff, custom tracks. Fantastic undeappreciated game

gold_drake5h ago

SK1 had a fairly good framerate. sk2 maybe not so much ha

Redgrave5h ago

Some food for thought:

Would you donate your physical copy of a really rare/expensive cartridge (Conkers's BFD, Bomberman 64 Second Attack, Ogre Battle 64, the two Castlevania titles, etc) to those managing this project for the greater good of getting them preserved online for all to experience at some point?

UltimateOwnage5h ago

As long as it meant they never took money from Patreon and invited a DMCA takedown / lawsuit by Nintendo to take it all away. After seeing the whole debacle with Yuzu I now question how long any of these teams can maintain game preservation efforts through emulator development, or otherwise.

franwex1h ago

I mean. They may borrow them…

Inverno4h ago

The snippet of ray tracing at the end of the og trailer was low-key amazing. I found out thanks to Nerrel who also made a texture pack for MM, and i can't wait to see how much more great this game will be in the near future. With model swaps, ray tracing, retextures, and a more quicker process than decompilation, it's gonna bring new life to N64 games.