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When will physical storage formats disappear in favor of online storage?

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We've seen it happen time and time again, to wax cylinders, to records, to tapes, and one day pretty much all physical media storage formats will give way to the cloud, or at least something like it.

Advancements in storage have led me to think physical storage will be completely dropped, in favor of online storage, in about a century. I think. I'm not that good at predicting technological changes.

When do you think online storage will take over?



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I don't know, and considering what happens tomorrow, the Wii-store closing forever, a future that is all digital or all cloud-storage is more scary to me than ever



Nothing to see here, move along

CaptainExplosion said:

We've seen it happen time and time again, to wax cylinders, to records, to tapes, and one day pretty much all physical media storage formats will give way to the cloud, or at least something like it.

Well even Cloud storage is saved to physical servers.

I don't expect things like harddrives in computers, or flash drives/SD cards in phones to ever go away really, because relying on cloud services entirely doesn't sound great. 
Their servers may break and you lose that data if there weren't enough backups, or their servers are offline when you need them, or you're worried about them collecting information about you without your knowledge, or you lose access to your storage because you broke their terms of service, or lost your password/email, etc.
And there can be security issues where your files are being accessed by unauthorized people.

There can be incidents when you are in control of your own data using physical storage media as well, but having that option allows you to mitigate problems.

Last edited by Hiku - on 29 January 2019

hopefully never or after I am dead.

look at the impact now, As online services shut down on old gen systems, ou can no longer download the game patches etc. Congratulations you are now an owner of broken games on physical media that won't play lol.

I wish more people care about this then they do, then we wouldn't get such shoddy offerings, meaning you are forced to rebuy remasters if you want to play some games. In the long run i'd rather pay an extra $10-20 per game to ensure the storage medium the game is on can be updated with the patches and save files. That way once all their services are off I have a working game.



 

 

I believe there will always be a desire for ownership. Once something goes 100% digital then you don't really own it anymore. I don't really own the games I bought on the Virtual Console. Once my console dies, those games are gone.