It’s funny but if you talked to me when the PS4 first came out I would have told you, yeah I’m only going to get a few games digitally.
But then something happened, I started buying everything as a digital download, in-fact I love digital. There are a few things that make this really sweet for me, and of course there are downfalls but first let’s look at the reasons it’s so good.
1. No tax:
There is no tax on the PSN store, OMG I love that / Doesn’t seem like much but it adds up, 5 games you saved $25 bucks, by 10 which most people do in a year which is $50 bucks savings, that’s a free game in savings just for going digital.
2. Instant Access:
No driving to the store, small thing, but could be a big thing if you're far from your local game store. Nothing feels better then just clicking a button and you're done it’s downloading.
3. Game Sharing:
I game share with my brother, and that’s one of the coolest things about digital, before I had to buy a copy and then give it to my brother when I was not playing it, but with game share, your brother can be at college or your nephew can live across town. Or they can be in the same house on their PS4, the point is you get to share that game with one other person. And that’s awesome. For me that alone makes digital worth it, knowing that whatever I buy I can also give it to my brother to download on his PS4. Too Awesome. You get to share Your Plus Account too which is pretty awesome and just another small reason for going digital.
4. No Disc Loading:
Ok call me lazy but I really love the fact that I don’t have to get up and go find the disc, I just start my PS4 up and go right to my game. Pure sweet gaming harmony. Everything is just right on the dash, how cool is that. No disc spinning noise, even though the PS4 is really quiet, every now and then a game gets intense and you can sometimes hear that CD screaming / Not with digital / No screaming fan when you go digital, and that’s another small plus, I’m all about keeping my PS4 nice and quiet and not over heating. It does run cooler if you game is digital.
5. Can Re-download Anytime:
If you need to / Remember that game that you thought you were done with, but then some sweet DLC came out that you would go back and play but you sold the game already, well no worries with digital, it’s all right there stored on your account / you can just re-download if need be. Destiny I’m looking at you. Guess I will be coming back for that DLC. It’s looking pretty cool.
So what about the cons:
1. Can’t sell a game once you're done with it. / So no money back if the game sucks.
Yeah but that’s about it on my list. Yeah just one thing, everything else is a plus for digital for me. I mean the real question I guess is why not go digital. I find it hard to say no to. It’s really becoming a pretty sweet option.
You might find more reasons on your list for why to stay on Disc, but for me I find it harder and harder to find reasons not to get it digitally.
Hard Drive space is the only real problem with having a lot of digital games, but lucky for me I solved that problem day one, by installing a 1TB hard drive when I first bought my PS4. I knew space was not something I wanted to worry about.
Digital is becoming a way of life for me on my PS4, as I just find it to be really convenient and really not as bad as I thought it would be.
Money might be another issue why you stay on Disc since you can sometimes find deals on the Disc copies that you would never find on the Digital. For example Battlefield Hardline was on sale at K-mart for $15 bucks because they will no longer be carrying games. Digital is like never on sale. Which kind of made me find a way to create my own discounts.
So I do other things to get my discounts on games, for example I have the amazon.com Credit Card which I use to buy food and pay for things that I was already doing every month, but now I use my card, so I do everything I was doing before but now I get points, and with the ponts system on that card, (which I have about 8400 points right now, which is like $84 bucks) I’m making some good points just for using the card on stuff I was already buying every week like groceries, shoes, clothes, friends birthday gift, my mom who needed a new toaster because her old one blew up (long story, but you get the idea). Basically just about everything I was already buying I now just use the card so I can make those points. It really starts to add up, and it pays off big time. Which I use to buy games, so I like to think of it as my own personal discount reward. So while some people say oh I’ll get this call of duty because it comes with a $10 dollar discount or credit or whatever, I like to use two $20 dollar PSN cards on my games as a bonus system. That way I take off 40 bucks off of any 59.99 game on the PSN store, bringing the price of the game down to $19.99. Do you know how many games you would buy if you could get them for 20 bucks. LoL..
Probably every single game that comes out, because when a game only cost 20 bucks it's not hard to decide if you want to get it. At 20 bucks any game you were thinking about getting is like a no-brainier. Sure, for $20 bucks I think you would have a harder time finding a reason not to buy it.
It’s a system that has worked really well for me, I don’t think I’ve paid full price for any of the games I bought this year. So just all the more reason I’m enjoying digital even more. I use my points to buy an Amazon gift card which I email to myself, and then use the gift card to buy PSN cards. It's been awesome, It's just another reason why I love digital.
But maybe that's just me, what about you, are you buying more digital games this gen, or are you still on Disc?