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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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There is 0% chance the next generation doesn't have a media drive. Blueray capabilities are still far too important for entertainment. Forget about games, and look else where. It's still an essential piece, and I don't see that dissipating in the next 10 years even.



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melbye said:
bananaking21 said:
i dont think physical games will be gone for at least another 15 years. they still sell so much. also a lot of people still want them. i really dont ever want them to go honestly because i prefer physical, and also when there is physical media the prices on digital drops in the long run due to the competition. but if you only get your games from one store which is the online store, then prices will drop a lot less.

Absolutely one of my biggest fears about a digital-only future

There will be still competition between the games themselves, even if there is only one store. They will continue to offer games in sales for reduced prices after a few months and frequently in the following years.

Just look in the iOS AppStore or games with mandatory Steam DRM... the next sale is just around the corner.

And if I'm wrong... well, my backlog of good games should be enough for three lifetimes.

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melbye said:
bananaking21 said:
i dont think physical games will be gone for at least another 15 years. they still sell so much. also a lot of people still want them. i really dont ever want them to go honestly because i prefer physical, and also when there is physical media the prices on digital drops in the long run due to the competition. but if you only get your games from one store which is the online store, then prices will drop a lot less.

Absolutely one of my biggest fears about a digital-only future

Why?



Nah, not happening. Unless they wanna screw over consummers that just don't have the means to go online-only then they can go "F" themselves trying to do so.



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CaptainExplosion said:
melbye said:

Absolutely one of my biggest fears about a digital-only future

Why?

Cause i'd like to pay less for games and being a monopoly on selling them gives them less incentive to cut those prices?



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That won't happen for decades. It doesn't help that games are increasing in size faster than hard drives can keep up. I won't be surprised if 100GB games are for 9th generation consoles(AAA games only). Also, physical media will have a market too big to ignore. Nobody is going to abandon that market anytime soon.

At best you'll see a PSP Go style console as an optional model.



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Physical will definitely still exist next-gen, but with every new major release we are seeing a larger percentage of sales coming from digital.

Honestly, I'm pretty sure I'll be going all digital next-gen as well.



Too early to replace physical media already next gen. ON PS4 digital sales just reach around 50%, the physical media will not be dropped before digital is at least 80%, probably even 90%. And even then console makers have a problem: the retail needs to list these consoles. If a console manufacturer decides to drop physical media the retailers will not be very happy and may decide to delist the console too.



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No way the release consoles won't have disc drives. Maybe by the mid-gen refreshes they will be removed, and definitely by the time the generation after next consoles release in the mid to late 2020's. 



Next gen is way too close for this to happen just yet