|The company confirmed that its digital sales ratio on games is currently sitting at about 80% and trending upward.
"for the time being we are promoting our digital strategy with an objective of 90%, since there are some customers who prefer to own discs"
This subject came up when we were about to enter this generation, but the consensus was that it was too soon.
It came up again in the middle of this generation as digital sales started to rise, and it still seemed to be too soon. I thought PS5 and the next Xbox would have physical drives.
But now we know that PS5 will launch with a digital version. Microsoft having already done this with the SAD edition will probably have a digital version at some point as well.
Coupled with the quick growth in digital sales for at least Capcom (last year it was at 53.3%), which is probably affected by the pandemic, if other publishers are having similar results, there's going to be an increased pressure on platform holders to shift over to all digital.
The reason for that is because (I think it was Activision that recently said this) the publisher's cut on a game sale is 40% for physical, but 70% for digital.
I think at this point, yes.
If this trend keeps going, it's likely that Playstation 6 and Nextbox will be digital only.
Nintendo tend to go their own way a lot, but I think if that happens with Sony and MS, Switch 3 will have to do the same. Or they'll run into a much more amplified problem with third party publishers than there already is with those thinking cartridges are too expensive.