Long time front page news lurker. Tried to register once and fell through the cracks, then forgot. Saw this topic and wanted to chime in.
I've seen so many of these topics and although I haven't read everything, many of the same points are made. I often start by saying companies only have so much say in the direction the market goes. Without our money they have nothing, so as long as we keep buying physical then it's not going anywhere. If they try to force the issue like the XBO launch, well, we see how that went.
There's a lot of reasons I prefer physical. They're cheaper, hold value, look better on a shelf than a stack of HDD's, and there's also a part that just doesn't trust companies to do the right thing. With discs I hold the power to play when I want, where I want. Digital assumes that you're always online so if a server goes down or an ISP decides to get greedy then you kinda have one point of failure to losing access to your library. Don't get me wrong digital has its place. Last gen it was better than getting no game at all in the case of indies which wouldn't be worth publishing. But now in this gen I have at least 5 sites similar to Limited Run Games giving me SO many smaller games in retail packaging. My PS3 collection hit maybe 250 and PS4 is nearing 300 if it hasn't grown beyond that already. That doesn't include the relatively small amount of digital games I've either bought or gotten for free. And those are only 2 of my many platforms. I've been playing since I could hold a controller and hardly sold any of it.
One of the things that bugs me is when companies try to inflate the numbers of physical v. digital. It's not exactly fair to lump DLC or subscription sales, things that cannot be physical, into the totals because it's not a even comparison. A sale is a sale so the companies aren't wrong to share the data, but if you buy the disc and follow that up with an expansion pack or two, suddenly it's one physical purchase and 2 digital which skews the results.
Additionally I don't think the market or the infrastructure are ready. Digital will remain an option but not become a replacement. If we were forced to give up discs/carts/flash cards I'd probably get off the train at that time. The price of digital would have to come down a lot considering they're cutting out disc/case/manual/middleman. Plus you could lose access to them at any time through no fault of your own. Like someone else said I have a substantial number of classics to fall back on and replaying them would satisfy me for years.