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Will game consoles stop using physical media next gen?

Yes 9 8.11%
 
No 102 91.89%
 
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I hit 'Yes' by mistake. No.



 

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Probably not. Luckily, because if publishers don’t want me to buy and own a game, I guess I won’t be buying and owning games then.



No. but i don't care at this point if it will. I have not bought a game in ages that game with a proper coloured game manual and book. Even those special edition releases now days don't have the complete package.



we have about 20 logical arguments for getting rid of physical media but we decide to keep it around for nostalgic purposes. the time has come to ditch it



Barkley said:
It will still be here, it's going to take a lot longer for physical to go completely. Digital is at what... 35% now? When it's at 85%+ then we can talk about physical disappearing. Though you might start getting some specific games going the digital only route sometime next-gen.

Sometime next-gen? The majority of game releases are already digital only.

Most of those small indie games in the $5 - $25 price range are only available as download (or in very limited physical editions with a hefty mark-up only some collectors pay).



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It will be retained for next gen...
Backwards compatibility, multimedia are two big reasons for it.



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Conina said:
Barkley said:
It will still be here, it's going to take a lot longer for physical to go completely. Digital is at what... 35% now? When it's at 85%+ then we can talk about physical disappearing. Though you might start getting some specific games going the digital only route sometime next-gen.

Sometime next-gen? The majority of game releases are already digital only.

Most of those small indie games in the $5 - $25 price range are only available as download (or in very limited physical editions with a hefty mark-up only some collectors pay).

That's not what I meant. By certain specific games I meant the occasional AAA game, as in by mid to late next-gen we could see some (not all) releases by publishers like Ubisoft/EA/Activision being digital only. Such as a destiny 3, Rainbow Six, etc.



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I think there will always be a place for physical media, but in time it might reduce to be a niche like records are in the music space



Next generation will probably be physical media's last hurrah. It's only a matter of time until console manufacturers will deem it a waste of resources to deal with.



S.Peelman said:
Probably not. Luckily, because if publishers don’t want me to buy and own a game, I guess I won’t be buying and owning games then.

How dare publishers want more money for the game they published! Ergghhh!