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I have PS4, PS4 Pro, PS Vita, XOX, and Switch.

All Digital on PS4 + PS Now, 242 PS4 Games according to PSN Profiles. I have many, many more I have yet to even play.
All Digital on PS Vita, except Disney Infinity 2.0 which was Physical only. 63 Games according to PSN Profiles.
All Digital on Switch, currently sitting at 6 games.
All Digital on XOX, all games via Gamepass.

I only know one person that has a physical game amoung family and friends, and that was a year one purchase. Even amoung co-workers I only know a few people that have bought any physical titles this gen. I think Western Washington is a very high percentage Digital Zone. You can get 60Mbps for under $50 a month with a 1TB cap. Digital games are pretty easily accessable.

Now when I travel for business I know this is not always the case. Been in some places with some terrible Interenet, even if you pay an arm and a leg.



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All digital pretty much since the start of the gen (PS4) and even on Vita (easily over 200 games across both consoles). The only exceptions were Bloodborne (which I ended up buying digital as well) and MGS5. I even changed my Shenmue 3 kickstarter copy from physical to digital :)

For Switch I have Zelda in physical format, but the other 5 or so games were all digital.

Vowing never to buy a physical game ever again



I have never even put a disc in my PS4 and now PS4pro. So all digital for me.

It may sound lazy, but for me those 9 steps of getting up, opening my media cabinet, ejecting a disc, putting it in its case, taking out another case, taking out the disc, putting that into the console, closing media cabinet then going back to my seat..... is just 6 steps too many. I can't even believe I used to do it for generations past.

Now you just hit the PS button, scroll right to the game you want to play, hit the X button. And thats it.



I very rarely buy physical on my PS4. The only time I do is if there is a REALLY good deal on a sale.

On Switch I also mostly buy physical to save on memory and to have that hard copy to show off. However I am a little more willing to go digital here from time to time, even if the game is not for sale due to the convenience when it comes to gaming portably. So far...

Bayonetta 1
Bayonetta 2
Kirby Star Allies
Resident Evil Revelations 1

Are my digital games. Still not a lot, I know. However my experience with changing between those games on the go has me wondering what my next digital game will be. As a collector of sorts, I will always lean physical in MOST instances however.

So as the Switch grows and people have time to buy SD cards, I could see more and more people buying digital on Switch. Perhaps even more so than on PS4 and X1 in the future.

On a side note, I am glad to see physical doing well on Switch. I have a certain feeling of pride when I look at my physical copy of Octopath Traveler. Certain games I just want to have the option to show off.



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Intrinsic said:
I have never even put a disc in my PS4 and now PS4pro. So all digital for me.

It may sound lazy, but for me those 9 steps of getting up, opening my media cabinet, ejecting a disc, putting it in its case, taking out another case, taking out the disc, putting that into the console, closing media cabinet then going back to my seat..... is just 6 steps too many. I can't even believe I used to do it for generations past.

Now you just hit the PS button, scroll right to the game you want to play, hit the X button. And thats it.

Even as an opinion, these "9 steps" that probably only last for less than 30 seconds,  clearly a good part of lazyness from you and many others.

Especially when you probably hop in a game you'll play for multiple sessions without ever getting it out of the disc drive for a while.



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I have never purchased a digital game for my PS4. So, I'm 0% digital there.

I have only purchased 4 games for Switch, and 2 were digital. That's 50%, but only because those 2 games were digital-only.

For Xbone, I think I've purchased about 10% of my games digitally. Those were almost all either old games on good sales, or digital only. The single exception is Destiny 2, which I purchased for full price, on launch day. That's because I figured I'd be playing it off-and-on for years, and I just wanted the convenience of digital for that.

Now that I think about it, Destiny 2 is the only digital game that I've paid more that $15 for. It is also the only one that was available physically, that I purchased digitally within 4 years of launch.

I think my main reason for buying physical is that I want to be able to resell. But, a close second is just the fact that physical is the way I grew up. Going to the store, looking at the back of the box, and bringing home a new game is an enjoyable part of the experience for me.