A brief history of downloadable console games

Cnet: At this year's E3 Expo in Los Angeles, both Sony and Microsoft pushed upcoming services and devices that allow users to download full games to their hardware. For Microsoft, it's a new arm of its online marketplace that will let gamers download full retail games to their system's hard drives. For Sony, it's the new PSP Go, a slimmed-down version of its flagship portable gaming hardware that does away with its game slot in place of pushing Wi-Fi game downloads to its 16GB of built-in memory.

Both companies are pushing direct downloads as the premiere way to buy new games, and many are expecting the direct-downloading technology to be one of the main selling points in the next generation of gaming hardware. As a side effect, the new revenue model largely cuts out used game retailers, since there's less physical media to resell or swap with friends.

But let's get real for a moment, this is nothing new. In fact, game companies have been trying to get direct-download games working on consoles since the early 1980s. Let's take a brief look at previous efforts to sell console games without any physical media:

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Jockamo3475d ago

...downloadable games are a thing of the future. The DISTANT future. Let's face it, the best games are only going to get bigger. Why try to squeeze then through the internet. Let's just print them to BluRay and be done with it! The amount of time it takes for a HiDef game to download probably triples the time it takes to get in your car and go to the store--or even have it shipped to your door!

Sony's so awesome.

RH063475d ago

I know what you mean, but just reducing the cost of, production of and media form will save dollars. Seems like they can squeeze games in digital form better than anything else. As for bluray it is a unscratchable dynamo! Thanks Sony!