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TranceformerFX said:
I had to fill in the original comment at a later time cuz I'm at work. My previous comment has been edited.

sorry for the late response..... work too lol.

I understand what you are saying, and funny enough it just means you are agreeing with what I originally said.

Now as I said originally.... your speeds may not be what you want them to be, but its still getting better. And the same can be said fr everywhere else on the planet that there is internet.

I was not talking about the quality of your internet because that can vary on so mny levels that there isn't any point debating it. Like take my 20Mb/s service. I consistently et 17Mb/s - 20Mb/s every single day and its flawless for online gaming and everything else. But thats probably just because on my island throttling isn't nearly as bad for me as it is for you.

But your internet is still better than what it was 5yrs ago or more. and will continue to get better. Thats thanks to competition.

Now I am not saying anyone should rush into online delivery..... but simply pointing out that its eventually going to first become the primary delivery method and then ultimately become the only delivery method. Thats just a fact of the tech and the times. Eventually..... it may be 5yrs from now, r ten years from now..... It will cost you lesss and take less time downloading a game that going to a store and buying it or waiting for it to come in the mail.

And the funny thing about this is that for people like you that live in places like NA.... this change/shift will be delayed. But for people like me that live in the caribbeans, africa or a lot of other parts of the world this is accelerated. Why? Cause its cheaper (and takes way less time) for us to just download a game than to go on amazon, buy game, ship it, wait a week to receive it, clear customs then get our game. 

I hear a lot aout physical media and the reluctance in general to shift to digital only.... but that shift will happen. It won't be a forced shift, it will be a logistical one. Cause at the end of the day people will always go with whats cheaper and more convenient for them. 



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But getting better or not getting better, the industry doesn't stop making online multiplayer games, either the game is digital or physical.



My Total Sales prediction for PS4 by the end of 2021: 110m+

When PS4 will hit 100m consoles sold: Before Christmas 2019

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0D0 said:
But getting better or not getting better, the industry doesn't stop making online multiplayer games, either the game is digital or physical.

The days of physical copies of video games are numbered. Digital sales increase year after year, and like I've stated in a previous post on this thread - publishers and console companies unanimously agree that a digital only market is preferred.

 

PC games have all but officially accepted this. Everyone uses Steam and physical game selection of PC games is either extremely scarce at best, or completely non existent in retail stores.

 

Console games isn't immune to this movement, and you can't stop it from coming. It's ENTIRELY up to video game publishers and console companies like Sony & Microsoft. Digital consumption of entertainment goods is the future. The PS5 & Project Scarlett won't be the big push for the digital market, but the PS6 and X3 (placeholder names) certainly will be.

 

Digital only games is going to happen. Count on it.



TranceformerFX said:
0D0 said:
But getting better or not getting better, the industry doesn't stop making online multiplayer games, either the game is digital or physical.

The days of physical copies of video games are numbered. Digital sales increase year after year, and like I've stated in a previous post on this thread - publishers and console companies unanimously agree that a digital only market is preferred.

 

PC games have all but officially accepted this. Everyone uses Steam and physical game selection of PC games is either extremely scarce at best, or completely non existent in retail stores.

 

Console games isn't immune to this movement, and you can't stop it from coming. It's ENTIRELY up to video game publishers and console companies like Sony & Microsoft. Digital consumption of entertainment goods is the future. The PS5 & Project Scarlett won't be the big push for the digital market, but the PS6 and X3 (placeholder names) certainly will be.

 

Digital only games is going to happen. Count on it.

I only disagree with you about "digital only". Although PC market went that way, I think console still has a lot a potential among collectors. I guess mass consumption will go digital, but the same way we still have many collecting films/series blu-rays, the same can happen with console games. Of course, those physical sales could become something like 10% of total sales or maybe less.



My Total Sales prediction for PS4 by the end of 2021: 110m+

When PS4 will hit 100m consoles sold: Before Christmas 2019

There were three ravens sat on a tree / They were as blacke as they might be / The one of them said to his mate, Where shall we our breakfast take?


I'm not sure what things are like in the U.S. I do know what things are like here in Canada. While I was working at EB Games 10 years ago, I witness the price of used games rise 15 dollars to 5 dollars less than new. Hardware is sold at cost. New games have a 4 dollar margin. Used games have 100% + markup on what they give from the trade in (Normally 10 dollars for the trade, 50 dollar increase to sale). EB games make all their money from used sales and game guarantees. Game guarantees appeared to have disappeared. EB Games is also run by scum and don't know anything about games. The company would be able to save so much money if they just knew what to order. Though with that said, the game industry itself is becoming a sloth. Very few new games; mostly living off of DLC from said games. It was bound to hurt retailers sooner or later. Also hardware is going to suffer soon if retailers leave as others have mentioned. If we go 100% digital, hardware needs to be sold at a profit. Vita memory cards were most likely priced the way they were, because the Vita's were sold at cost and Sony was pushing a digital only ecosystem (Yes there was still physical), to appease the stores.