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FragileSurface said:
This isn't exactly evidence that digital is overtaking physical. It would be more interesting to see what percentage of sales were digital for games that offered both a digital and physical version.

That's what these numbers are, they're for "Full Games", or as it says in the op "ps4 full game software", so only games with a retail release. PSN classifies games as either "Full Games" or "PSN Games".

God of War is a "Full Game" because it has a physical release. The Witness is a PSN Games because it does not.

At least this is my take on the matter, but perhaps this is wrong.

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CuCabeludo said:

Today when you buy a game physical, put the disc on and discover you need to download 5GB+ day 1 patch is definitively pushing people towards digital.

^ this.

The idea that its okay to release a product thats got tons of issues, but its fine because you can just patch it lateron, is def. pushing people towards digital.

You would think Nintendo "understood" this is what people wanted (finished products that just work, on cartridge) but even they f*** it up, by often shipping small cartidges and requireing you to download half the game anyways.

Theres no getting around it, these days.



I love digital. In the 90s japanese games or even ones from the US were almost impossible to obtain or even if you could get your hands on them here in germany, they were expensive as fuck. Nowadays I just run accounts for USA, Japan and HongKong on my PS4 and I am able to get just about anything for reasonable prices! It also works on the switch, thank god they finally kicked that stupid region lock out of the window.

I almost only buy digital these days.



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The gaming industry is in a very unique position compared to the movie and music industry, so I don't think comparisons work here. Since there is barely any choice on hardware, the consumed medium is completely up to a handful of manufacturers, all of which prefer digital over physical. So physical gaming isn't done, when consumers decide, but as soon as the hardware makers decide it's time to switch. And while Blurays and CDs will always be backwards compatible to older hardware, physical games will not.

I'm looking forward to the day someone is brave enough to make the first mainstream digital only console.



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I dont buy digital unless it is super cheap, trends can trend, its not changing how I do business.

example of some things I never buy digital, online multiplayer only games. because they die, and your stuck with nothing as if its a disk, i would have traded it in for some cash or credit, while it was worth something as it started to die.



 

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vivster said:
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I'm looking forward to the day someone is brave enough to make the first mainstream digital only console.

I don't care what people say, the PSP Go was, and still is, fucking awesome! Especially with a custom firmware. I use it until this very day and I'm not even kidding. 

Best handheld ever.

Period.

=P



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I think this is just inevitable. Digital is more convenient and prloading is a thing too.

Physical will still have a place though, at least for the next 10 years.

I expect that sometime soon we are likely to see games release digitally first before the physical release ever make it to market. Kinda like how movies release in the cinema first then months later make it to blu-ray.



OdinHades said:
vivster said:
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I'm looking forward to the day someone is brave enough to make the first mainstream digital only console.

I don't care what people say, the PSP Go was, and still is, fucking awesome! Especially with a custom firmware. I use it until this very day and I'm not even kidding. 

Best handheld ever.

Period.

=P

It may have been a success if that price point wasn't so weird. People make a big deal out of physical media but the inherent convenience of digital media will get them all in the end.

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Nem said:
Well... from your own numbers you can see it's growth is decelarating.

Theres advantages and disavantages. I don't see it replacing physical for the time being. It is only worth it when it's cheaper. While releases are the same price as physical goods, they offer more value per money.

Oh ... that's actually a nice point !

Something we should check out for next year, if the trend is still decelarating.

JRPGfan said:
CuCabeludo said:

Today when you buy a game physical, put the disc on and discover you need to download 5GB+ day 1 patch is definitively pushing people towards digital.

^ this.

The idea that its okay to release a product thats got tons of issues, but its fine because you can just patch it lateron, is def. pushing people towards digital.

You would think Nintendo "understood" this is what people wanted (finished products that just work, on cartridge) but even they f*** it up, by often shipping small cartidges and requireing you to download half the game anyways.

Theres no getting around it, these days.

Though, it only happened with 3rd party games (Hello Crapcom !) and it was their choice to use cheaper cartridges for their games or even force a part of the game to be downloaded even when they had all the space needed for that (Hello Mega Man + X Legacy Collection), not Nintendo.

Such a poor thoughout offensive ...

vivster said:
OdinHades said:

I don't care what people say, the PSP Go was, and still is, fucking awesome! Especially with a custom firmware. I use it until this very day and I'm not even kidding. 

Best handheld ever.

Period.

=P

It may have been a success if that price point wasn't so weird. People make a big deal out of physical media but the inherent convenience of digital media will get them all in the end.

Haha, keep dreaming.



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Let me add a few things the OP:

1) Keep in mind that the ratio of digital/physical only includes games that are available in both formats. Therefore, digital-only games like Hellblade, Sonic Mania, The Witness, aren't included.

2) I never actually said physical games will completely die. I used the word "obsolete". They will still be a small niche, like music vinyls.



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