Through Sony's Eyes, "Vast Majority" of Gamers Prefer GameStop Over Buying Online

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captainjack

What are you arguing here? It's like you didn't read his comment.

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Zenmaster Jeff

Felt title should be restated to make it more accurate. "Vast majority of gamers prefer spending less money on games over buying online."

The X-Box one had (has?) failed with it digital distribution for a lot reasons. I personally thought it overcomplicated and restricted players on how to use their games. As a Steam user, I'll admit digital distribution is pretty handy to have over what PC distribution was orignally. (Especially with 4 PCs in the household)

The common reason given over why Consoles are prefered to PC gaming is the simplicity. No installing, No worries about hardware builds, graphic drivers, etc.

I do believe there can be a market for digital games on consoles, but both Sony and M$ need to a better job at making it worth our money. (Meaning you'll have to better than the current distribution method not worse.)

What was the XBox One's advantage of digital purchases over physical discs?
The lack of a disk..... yep
cheaper..... umm, we'll get back to you.
available on my next console...... umm, we'll get back to you
sharable with friends...... one friend & some family members
resellable........ nope

Microsoft failed to sell it's digital scheme as a bonus, thus it failed. If your gonna change your distribution model. Make people believe it's for the better.

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limitbreaker

There was replies to you post, how come they disappeared?

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Refuge88

I don't mind Steam and I don't mind digital copies of my games, I honestly prefer it.

But they took the DRM a bit too far, I understand that logistically it only makes sense to have a single set of rules for DRM for a single platform.

But until PS4 jumps on the bandwagon with XBONE and makes the same moves, you just cannot support that model. Consumers will revolt, because losing single player offline action on a console because you don't have internet consistantly enough is just unacceptable.

I feel they would either need to launch a unique platform for its online portfolio, or they would have to have two seperate sets of rules for DRM. Physical copies keeping the current motif while anything bought digitally would require the check in to play.

But with option two comes with the requirement to promise that the costs of the games would be lessened, otherwise it will never properly suceed.

But thats just my 2 cents.

Take it or leave it.

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Modroneman

Finally an actually helpful and forward thinking comment! I have nothing else to say. Brilliantly put!

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jgottberg

On another note, it makes sense that digital downloads have prevailed for PC's. The reason I say that is because not everyone has a suitable gaming PC. For instance, if I bought MW3 for my PC and my nephew wanted to borrow it, he may not even be able to play it on his PC (at least to a degree where the frame rates are decent). However, if I have MW3 for the PS3, there are no compatibility concerns. So, buying a game on physical media doesn't really offer much of a benefit for a PC gamer so they are more likely to dig the convenience of a digital download than buying physical media, IMO.

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jgottberg

I think digital downloads are much more convenient. I was home sick for a few days last fall and downloaded Madden 2013 to play while I was home. That was awesome. The downside? My nephew came over a week later and we played it and he wanted to borrow it... But he couldn't.

If I had to choose, I'm taking physical media all day long but it is nice to supplement with digital downloads.

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lunchbox73

Physical media that gets lost, scratched, takes up space, fills landfills....no thanks. Give me a digital copy over physical any day. It was the same thing when I switched to Kindle and never looked back at paper books.

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Ashton2091

I have to agree with jgottberg here. I dig digital downloads. I've personally have had very little issue with keeping a disc in working condition and organized (prob my ocd lol). There's also the piece of mind I get when I have the physical disc on hand. Also, sometimes I just want to install my game and get playin. Not wait for the download (which isn't that brutal, but still). But then there are the times when I don't feel like going to a store or if it's late at night or whatever the case, that I want to buy a new game and don't want to order physical media on the web and wait for it to be shipped. That's when Steam comes in. Cheap, convenient, and it works. They both have their strengths.

Also, I had my steam account hacked a while back and I lost all of my games. I had to make a new account. I tried to recover the account through support, but my email address changed AND I didnt have the keys codes on hand (that came with my physical media) because I didnt think I'd need the CD/DVD anymore because of Steam. So, digital downloads have their strengths, but I would NEVER put it over physical media. As much as I like cloud computing, I'd rather not give any company full control of products I own.

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jgottberg

The only thing to consider is how long a company like Sony, MS or Steam will hold on to your digital copies. I don't think digital downloads have been available long enough to see if they will put limits on how long you "own the game." Say something happens to your PC or you have to reinstall the game a few years after purchase, you know? That's one of the concerns I have. If I have a physical copy, I can install that dude whenever I want.

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Raggart

I can't vouch for Microsoft or Sony but I can tell you that Steam recently let me reinstall Half-Life (and later the Orange Box) that I had bought physically. I bought HL1 in 1998 and I was able to install it and play it - I don't plan on playing it, I really just installed it and started it to see if I could, 15 years later. And I can, although I can't believe we used to play something that now looks so horrible!

Which raises another point: it's fine to have access to your games for a number of years but are you really going to play with them after a long time? This is especially true with sports games. NHL 2k4 anyone? No? Didn't think so.

I understand the need for physical media if one wants to lend games, however I think that with a solid system there won't be a need for physical media in the near future.

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Neufeldt2002

I have a copy of Codemasters Dirt that I bought a few years ago. Recently I had to re-download the game and had no issues even though the game hasn't been for sale on Steam for well over a year. Not sure if that relieves your concern, but it does seem that they are at least trying to keep older games on their servers. Ultimately I do have a physical burned disk that I keep just in case, and I recommend that everyone I talk to, backs up their game files in the event that Steam no longer has them. But so far, so good.

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lunchbox73

Wait for it....."Yeah, but still." :)

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jgottberg

lol!

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