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Did you spend more on digital gaming than physical gaming?

I spent more on Digital gaming 21 34.43%
 
I spent more on physical gaming 40 65.57%
 
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Conina said:
KiigelHeart said:

 Yep, for example Fifa15 was released on fall 2014 and it's still above Fifa16.

What did you expect? 12 months revenue from FIFA 15 vs. 3 months of revenue from FIFA 16... of course the 2015 revenue of the game available 9 months longer is higher, even if sales are frontloaded.



You can check yearly retail sales for Fifa16 and Fifa15 on vgchartz. I have no idea how accurate these numbers are but according to them Fifa16 sold significantly more last year. My point was dlcmicrotransaction sales though. Alot of people, including me, spent more money on fifapoints than the actual game.





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Ka-pi96 said:
Chazore said:

I snagged F4 for £26 digitally from GMG during Dec and Steam was selling it for £30 during their Winter sale.

Also snagged XCOM 2 digital deluxe edition for the price of a regular AAA game at £35, at least £5 cheaper than the usual £40 games you'd get physically in your local GAME store here in the UK (On the isle of Man at least).

Well that's PC. PC digital prices are actually good. Console digital prices are usually just a rip off.



Yea PC prices are a lot better than console but they still leave you with a "dead games" after you completed them with zero value.

As for console 3 games at £49.99 =£150, I could probably buy 25 games with reselling physical copies before I've actually spent £150, This is the biggest reason I'd be against full on digital.





Lawlight said:
So, which brought in more revenue? Mobile or PC?

The PC market (including online games) brings in more revenue than the mobile market at the moment. It's been that way since forever but recently Mobile is growing at such a fast pace that I would expect Mobile to be the largest generator of revenue within the next 3 years. 

 

Teeqoz said:
So what is the digital market on console worth now?

According to Superdata it's around $4 billion worldwide. But this number is purely for game revenue and doesn't include things like PS Plus subscriptions and such. 

I'm no expert but I'd put physical sales at around $16-$20b. 

 

TheSting said:
BasilZero said:

 


Pretty sure its PSN/XBL/Eshop combined -  3rd party titles make up the bulk of profit from digital sales. Specifically due to the Microtransactions/DLC that come with them as well (also the benefit of being Multiplatform).

 


So MS and Sony are giving out numbers on their digital side? Only to these guys? 

No. 

Superdata estimate the total market values by using digital point-of-sale data received from publishers, developers and payment service providers. At the moment they get digital reciepts for monthly spending of 37 million paying digital gamers, worldwide. 

So they have plenty of data to work with, however it's only a small portion of the market so a lot of their research relies on other methods. 

 

 

By the way, for those interested in the USA console market I've written up a yearly round up for 2015 which includes data for digital console spending as well. To sum it up, New Physical games generated $5.2 billion across console and portable titles at US retail and $2.5 billion was generated through full game downloads and DLC. So in other words, 1/3rd of software revenue is generated via digital when it comes to the US Console market.

https://zhugeex.com/2016/01/us-console-market-in-2015-year-in-review/



Chazore said:
WoodenPints said:

The only thing that matters is the cost in the long run I bought Fallout 4 for £29.99 and got rid of it for £24 6 weeks later so in the end it cost me £6 where as a digital purchase would of cost me £54.99 and be left rotting away as a digital license. Thats a massive difference is the money required to be a gamer.



I snagged F4 for £26 digitally from GMG during Dec and Steam was selling it for £30 during their Winter sale.

Also snagged XCOM 2 digital deluxe edition for the price of a regular AAA game at £35, at least £5 cheaper than the usual £40 games you'd get physically in your local GAME store here in the UK (On the isle of Man at least).



Clearly he knows in almost every case Digital in the end is cheaper. I mean if we are going to be adding in used gaming might as well add in piracy also since both hurt the industry just as much.





zero129 said:
Chazore said:

I snagged F4 for £26 digitally from GMG during Dec and Steam was selling it for £30 during their Winter sale.

Also snagged XCOM 2 digital deluxe edition for the price of a regular AAA game at £35, at least £5 cheaper than the usual £40 games you'd get physically in your local GAME store here in the UK (On the isle of Man at least).



Clearly he knows in almost every case Digital in the end is cheaper. I mean if we are going to be adding in used gaming might as well add in piracy also since both hurt the industry just as much.



How is digital always cheaper in the end?



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WoodenPints said:
Ka-pi96 said:

Well that's PC. PC digital prices are actually good. Console digital prices are usually just a rip off.



Yea PC prices are a lot better than console but they still leave you with a "dead games" after you completed them with zero value.

As for console 3 games at £49.99 =£150, I could probably buy 25 games with reselling physical copies before I've actually spent £150, This is the biggest reason I'd be against full on digital.



For me they aren't really dead, any game I 100% I sort on Steam into a "completed" catagory to which I can always look back on and play, I bought Red Alert 3 across all 3 platforms and to this day since 2008 I've been playing it on PC now and then rather than selling it and forgetting it forever or buying it second hand a few times, I would rather own it forever and never have to re-sell it only to buy it back again since that doesn't make logical sense to me. On PC there is no reselling your games anyway, that market more or less died off years ago so we can't really compared the two in such a way when it exists within one market but not the other, digital gaming however exists within both.





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WoodenPints said:
zero129 said:

Clearly he knows in almost every case Digital in the end is cheaper. I mean if we are going to be adding in used gaming might as well add in piracy also since both hurt the industry just as much.



How is digital always cheaper in the end?

 

I might of missed your point where you only on about console digital sales?? or PC ones??. In the case of PC Digital is much much cheaper then physical cos the is so many online Digital stores trying to out do each other. However that might not be the case on consoles since they only have one digital store each.



zero129 said:
WoodenPints said:
zero129 said:

Clearly he knows in almost every case Digital in the end is cheaper. I mean if we are going to be adding in used gaming might as well add in piracy also since both hurt the industry just as much.



How is digital always cheaper in the end?

 

I might of missed your point where you only on about console digital sales?? or PC ones??. In the case of PC Digital is much much cheaper then physical cos the is so many online Digital stores trying to out do each other. However that might not be the case on consoles since they only have one digital store each.

Was speaking about console gaming prices where even 50% or 60% off offers are still generaly more expansive than a new physicall copy of the games.

I do get that in PC gaming the digital purchase is almsot always cheaper than the physical and infact used to be mianly a PC gamer and have spent plently on steam alon gwith some DRM free stuff. Lately though some of the digital prices if you buy through steam have gone sky high basically matching console prices so without g2a etc digital on steam would be a lot more costly.

 





WoodenPints said:
zero129 said:
WoodenPints said:
zero129 said:

Clearly he knows in almost every case Digital in the end is cheaper. I mean if we are going to be adding in used gaming might as well add in piracy also since both hurt the industry just as much.



How is digital always cheaper in the end?

 

I might of missed your point where you only on about console digital sales?? or PC ones??. In the case of PC Digital is much much cheaper then physical cos the is so many online Digital stores trying to out do each other. However that might not be the case on consoles since they only have one digital store each.

Was speaking about console gaming prices where even 50% or 60% off offers are still generaly more expansive than a new physicall copy of the games.

I do get that in PC gaming the digital purchase is almsot always cheaper than the physical and infact used to be mianly a PC gamer and have spent plently on steam alon gwith some DRM free stuff. Lately though some of the digital prices if you buy through steam have gone sky high basically matching console prices so without g2a etc digital on steam would be a lot more costly.

 



Yeah i hear console digital prices can be pretty expensive. And your also right about steam, its only the odd game i buy from there now since other stores have been having much better deals. Even this years steam xmas sale sucked compared to the last ones imo.



Chazore said:
WoodenPints said:

Yea PC prices are a lot better than console but they still leave you with a "dead games" after you completed them with zero value.

As for console 3 games at £49.99 =£150, I could probably buy 25 games with reselling physical copies before I've actually spent £150, This is the biggest reason I'd be against full on digital.



For me they aren't really dead, any game I 100% I sort on Steam into a "completed" catagory to which I can always look back on and play, I bought Red Alert 3 across all 3 platforms and to this day since 2008 I've been playing it on PC now and then rather than selling it and forgetting it forever or buying it second hand a few times, I would rather own it forever and never have to re-sell it only to buy it back again since that doesn't make logical sense to me. On PC there is no reselling your games anyway, that market more or less died off years ago so we can't really compared the two in such a way when it exists within one market but not the other, digital gaming however exists within both.



Yea I understand what your saying with games like that. Stuff like that generally has a lot of replay value I have no problem with paying high price for digitally sicne I'd play it plently over many years Iv'e bought games such as Diablo III and all 3 campaigns of Starcraft 2 as I know they will offer many years of gaming on and off also got Gears of War Ultimate (was £5 more than physical) as I knew it would be my go-to games for the next year or so which gives it some good value. When it comes to short singleplayer campaigns with very poor replay value for £44.99+ thats when full digital completely fails imo.