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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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darthv72120d 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.

shinoff2183119d ago

Thats great for pc, completely different environment.

gold_drake119d ago

was just about to say the same hahaha

Asplundh119d ago

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

shinoff2183119d 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.

FinalFantasyFanatic118d 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.

hiawa23119d 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.

shinoff2183119d 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.

BlaqMagiq1119d ago

It'll be a terrible future.

Physical now and forever.

CornholioX119d 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.

mastershredder119d 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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Microsoft shakes up Xbox marketing as key exec departs for Roblox

Jerret West is leaving Xbox at the end of the month.

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TOTSUKO1d ago

Won’t be missed. Xbox sucks at marketing in this industry. This is badly needed.

jznrpg23h ago

I see Xbox stuff everywhere. On cereal boxes, toasters and fridges.. Xbox just sucks.

Scissorman23h ago

This. Marketing isn't the issue. He's just fleeing the sinking ship.

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DivineHand12521h ago(Edited 21h ago)

Unfortunately, Xbox has not done great with marketing this generation. One thing I found odd is that he is leaving Xbox for Roblox. I'm not sure how big Roblox is in comparison to Xbox but I can't imagine him getting better compensation from there. Perhaps he was forced out?

fr0sty21h ago

It's simple, Roblox is profitable.

DivineHand12521h ago

@fr0sty Would you leave your place of employment to work somewhere else for less pay just because that business is profitable?

You would have to be a special person to be ok with that.

zaanan20h ago

That, or he is pulling an Elop.

DarXyde13h ago

DivineHand125,

Not really. I don't know how much experience you have with working or how far along into your career you are, but profitability does offer an indication of how sustainable your job is. The company that is not profitable (or less profitable) is probably exploring options to cut costs, including axing jobs (we see Microsoft closing studios and really downsizing physical media operations. Valid concern in my opinion).

I doubt that's the only factor at play here and it could be any myriad of reasons why he's out: cut in compensation, not liking the direction of the company, toxic work culture, etc.

Either way, I can see a case for people leaving a job that pays better with less profitability. If you're in the marketing department and your brand isn't doing that great despite your best efforts, you probably want to coast for a while at a more profitable company.

Not saying that's reality, but I can totally see a case for that.

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Tedakin19h ago

Xbox marketing has mostly been trash for a decade. Shake it up as much as you can.

RhinoGamer8819h ago

Marketing is not the issue at XBOX. Production and its leadership have screwed up royally. XBOX studios, wth are you doing managing these developers?!