Just curious on what most people are going to be doing but how many of you are going to be buying your next gen games digitally? I plan on making the majority of my purchases digitally, also do you think either company will allow some type of sharing of digital content?
The vast majority, if not all. And yes, it's largely because I'm a PC gamer now but it's a habit I plan on carrying on into the consoles if I get them - I just love the way you can decide on buying a game and have it up and ready to run within the hour after purchase (100 MB fiber, baby!)
Unless pricing really comes into line with retail stores, then for mainstream releases it'll be near enough 0%.
I'll still continue to hoover up the smaller Arcade/PSN/Estore titles as and when I see something interesting, with the occasional purchase of larger titles during a sale.
On PC I will keep buying all 100%. On console I will still keep buying 0%. I refuse to buy digital console games because you have to throw out your collection every 4-5 years when the next thing comes out. On PC you will always have a way to play your games thanks to modders but on consoles you only get them as long as the platform wants to support them.
I don't know. It will depend on prices. If retail games still go down in price much quicker then I'll be picking up any of my non-essential games that way. If it's a game I know I'm going to buy day one then it will depend on if the games can be pre-downloaded so they are ready to play right away, or what time of day they are released. If they release at midnight then I might pick them up to download overnight but if they release at say noon, then I'll probably just grab it at a store and install off the disc.
If I had to guess, getting a PS4 means probably jumping on PS+ so with that and a PC, most of my stuff will be digital going forward. As much as people make a stink about used on console, comparing the two still favors PC digital downloads and to a degree PS+ over used. I could care less where it comes from as long as it's cheap and easy to get, and I can't say I've been impressed with the used games market after getting my PS3 in 2009. If the new focus on digital means even better deals on that front but I guess I could still trade discs with my friends on Playstation, that's fine.
Likely 90%+. Obviously all PC purchases are digital, which is my main platform right now, and it seems pretty unlikely I'll be bothered to buy a physical copy unless it has a neat pre-order tin like the Forza games or there's a really good deal on. It's hard for Gamespot and similar stores to compete when they've got physical product, so I don't see much reason for buying physical anymore. The only reason I could see there being would be if HDD space becomes an issue (stupid 700GB Steam folder), but it sounds like both platforms are going to require installs regardless. I guess the other part of that is I've got a bandwidth cap, so if games are quick to get to 40GB+ downloads, then I might have to start buying physical again.
My policy now is essentially "buy digital unless physical is cheaper", and I expect to continue with that. Hopefully the digital pricing gets more agile and generally in line with reality -- there's been too many cases where a game I want to play is like $40 on PSN and under $20 through Amazon sellers or store sales.