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Fallout 4 Sold More Digitally Than Physically Day One

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The digital future is here. You can now go on the internet and more or less buy any piece of media you want with the touch of a button. This has been huge in the gaming world, and digital purchases are slowly gaining a lot of ground.

To illustrate that point, it turns out that Fallout 4 sold more digitally than physically. That’s according to the game’s director Todd Howard, who spoke with GameInformer recently.  He said:

I think you lose a little perspective when making games, and you’re happy that it got done. You hope that when it comes out, it’s really good, and sells like crazy. That’s what’s in your head. One of the things that is amazing: Fallout 4 sold more day one digitally than at retail. That’s a big change.

That is a big change, indeed. And I expect that number will only get higher, as convenience slowly wins out. I wonder what that ratio will look when Fallout 5 comes out.

 

Source: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/02/23/fallout-4-sold-better-digitally-than-physically-on-day-one/

 

So the tide continues to shift to the digital future...



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Not to step on the achievement or anything but so? PC sales would have been huge and through steam. If this was Xbox and PS4 sales only, that it would be something.



Hmm, pie.

Isn't Fallout very popular among PC gamers, where 90%+ of the purchases are digital anyway?



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The dev mentions that the more digital than physical is a "big change" meaning that even previous versions which released both PC and console were not seeing that same situation.  While the console side was most likely more physical than digital, the shift there was apparently high enough to push the overall number despite PC continuing to be much more digital friendly.



The PC one was only digital. Even the "physical" disk just linked to a steam update for a digital download.

Remove PC from the equation and I'd like to see the results.



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I really have no idea why people are trying to downplay this, especially on a sales site. It's a significant event. This clearly means that digital sales on the XO and PS4 are still climbing upward. PC digital sales usually build up over time as opposed to Day One, as well.



That is.. surprising.



Well even with pc only being digital it is amazing, the sales on xone/PS4 are higher than on pc.



pokoko said:
I really have no idea why people are trying to downplay this, especially on a sales site. It's a significant event. This clearly means that digital sales on the XO and PS4 are still climbing upward. PC digital sales usually build up over time as opposed to Day One, as well.

People will downplay the significance of it the same way they downplay any trend that doesn't fit their desired model.  It is natural to resist and oppose change.



No matter what I never intend on leaning digital, but even if I wanted to I wouldn't plan on doing so until laws are in place allowing people to pass on digital catalogs just as they could physical media in their wills. Discs are licenses just as much as downloads are, yes, but if I die I could give my collection of discs to my kids or something.

I know that's not directly related to the OP but PC gamers have effectively caved as time's gone on because steam is convenient to them, not thinking about what happens to those thousands of dollars they've spent if something goes wrong.



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