Digital only. Primarily for the convenience and I never have to worry about wear and tear.
Are you guys buying disc or digital?
Physical. When it comes to games and movies I much prefer to own physical media. Download sizes are also far too large for me to want to deal with, and yeah, often you'll be able to find console games cheaper at retail than digital.
The moment games stop being physical releases (or transition to the system proposed by Microsoft for the Xbwan originally) is the moment I stop buying games (except for perhaps DRM-free options).
I'm probably going to stick to discs just because I imagine games will install quicker from disc than download. Since I envision having to regularly do clean up due to file size I would like the be able to get into a game quickly. That said price and convenience sometimes win out. If I see a game on sale for cheap on PSN/Live then I would buy it digitally. As for convenience, its pretty simple: I wanted to play Injustice but didn't feel like driving and didn't want to wait for it to ship so I just hopped on my PS4, started the download, watched a couple episodes of Seinfeld on DVD and came back to a ready to play game.
I'm going to do both like a normal human being. There are no lines drawn in the sand. I'm not going to make any allegiance to "disc" or "digital" because I think they should both exist. As a consumer of videogame media I sure wish that this industry would stop trying to pit us against each other.
I've got Killzone, Battlefield, LEGO MARVEL and Black Flag on disc. You could say digital is less of a hassle, but having a clean collection is a great feeling. You know, opening your draw and just finding the games here, atop each other, instead of digitally playing those games straight via the PS4?
Both, it depands on what it is, when I buy it, etc.
I have CoD Ghost as a download because it always in my rotation of play. SO I have a disc based game in teh drive, but I can switch to ghost at any time. I will probably buy more online games this generation, it is just easier.
Call me old fashioned, but I just like having a physical collection of my games, at least for consoles. I don't really feel this way for PC, since there really isn't any competition for Steam, in terms of pricing and deals/sales. Also, all games have to be installed anyway, and it's much faster to install from the discs. I have a pretty fast internet connection, but these 40+ GB downloads would still take considerably longer to download than the usual 10 minute or so wait from installing them from the disc.
My PS4 came bundled with a disc version of inFamous, but I plan on buying all my games digitally in the future as I have done on the Xbox One. I might pick up a single-player game on disc here and there if I can get it for cheap and I don't really plan on ever re-playing it.
The way the pre-order nonsense is going, i've been buying digital just so i can get games on day one without having to put money down weeks in advance. I'd rather own a physical copy but i wanted infamous and i knew it came out on friday and stores wouldn't have it besides gamestop and they'd be all like "Hey did you pre-order?" "Uh, no" " can't sell it to you" "Uh, fuck you then"
For my PS4 I'll be going pretty much with discs on everything except PS+ games, digital download only games or games that end up super cheap on sale. With the limited amount of space available and it being easy for me to go pick up a copy of the game where I live I just see no reason to go all digital.
In technical comparisons I've read, load times are a little shorter for downloaded games than disc games. When combined with an SSD the load times for downloaded games are significantly shorter than the stock method.
Load times are most important for me (Elder Scrolls) than having physical copies of my games forever.
Right now the benefits of digital don't out-way the price difference. In the UK Infamous is £49 on PSN and £42 on Amazon and Walmart (ASDA). I get why, as the bombcast discussed these stores sell the hardware and it's still in Sony and Microsoft's best interest to allow these people to compete but at least have PSN match the cheaper physical prices.
Almost exclusively digital, just find it less of a hassle. Only own one disc game so far, everything is has and probably will be digital. I used to sell my games but don't really anymore as I usually regret selling a game like 2 years later so this way I can just redownload them from my library.
My internet speeds are decent too so I don't mind the time it takes to download a full retail game. Stuff like preloading and play as you download help solve that kind of problem too. If I run out of space I'll just buy a new larger drive and swap it in.
I love me some discs. I don't see the point in getting a console if you're gonna go all digital for those big releases. Trading/Selling is half the console experience. Also, I refuse to pay the same price for a digital version that had no manufacturing cost to make. If there was some type of discount for going digital, I probably would.
Also, nothing really beats those stacks of boxes, discs, and booklets (although those rarely come with a game anymore) in the corner of your room. Not sure why, just like having a physical library.
I will keep going with discs as long as i can. The reason for this is that i don't really have that fast of an internet connection and it would take forever to download a 50GB game and also because i don't feel like paying 600 SEK for a digital copy when i can get it from internet stores for 400 instead.
I've been buying my games digitally on the Xbox One and so far I have no regrets. Being able to switch between games in a matter of seconds is just super convenient and it's also the cheapest way for me to purchase games seeing as new games in New Zealand cost $77USD, verse the $60USD they cost digitally. Unless retail games come down in price, I will probably continue to buy my games digitally for the rest of the generation (and when I get my PS4 some time this year)
I've been buying everything digitally, but I'm starting to get the urge to switch back to physical just because of how lackluster some of the launch games have been. Killzone and Need For Speed I went with physical because I wasn't sure whether I'd like them, and sure enough, both were OK but not worth keeping. I bought inFamous digitally and again, cool game but not nearly worth keeping forever, so I wish I'd bought it physically.
I like the convenience of digital. I like supporting the developers and publishers over GameStop. I like how readily available indie games are. But I might switch back to physical for AAA games unless I'm 100% convinced I'm gonna love it.
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