Digital or Disc?
Aside from stuff that is digital only, I'm going to be going discs. I don't have slow-ass internet, but with file sizes as big as has been reported, it's still going to be faster for me to drive to the local KMart and buy a game than to download it. Plus, that 500GB hard drive in the PS4 is going to fill up quickly!
It's going to depend a lot on how long I expect to be playing the game. If I knew there was going to be a PS4 x-com game, I'd get that digital because why trade in something like that.
Something like Assassin's creed though, where there's a good chance I'll only play for a couple months...sticking with the disc.
Disc is almost always going to be cheaper. So I'll be sticking to Disc. I'll be using digital for digital only games, PSN freebies and any particularly good sales, but I'll be sticking to disc in most cases where it's an option.
This. I am pretty behind when it comes to playing current releases, so I usually buy most games months later for less than $30 on Amazon. Digital prices do not drop nearly as fast as disc, if they drop at all. If they want people to buy digital, make it cheaper than disc.
I'll get the disc usually. If something that I own comes up on PS+ then I'll probably hand off my disc to a friend. They usually get their systems 2 or 3 years after me so it'll be fresh for them.
On Vita I have one cart (P4G) and I plan on making the rest digital so that I can have my entire collection accessible at once.
I would love to say all digital, but considering what happened with the PSN version of GTA V, I have to admit I'm wary of the whole process despite totally fine version of every PS+ game I've received, Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us. Not having to pay a sales tax is nice too although I doubt that lasts for much longer (across the internet in general not just PSN).
Interestingly, I also had problems with Max Payne 3 but I've heard that game had some serious bug issues on disc, too, so I'm not willing to say Rockstar has a digital problem. But GTA V certainly does.
Two things prevent me from going all-digital. First is my lack of faith that Sony can speed up the abysmal download speeds that PSN currently has. Who knows, it may happen, but I won't assume anything about the speed of their service. Second, I just recently had a bandwidth cap added by my ISP (in an area where congestion shouldn't even be a problem, but I digress). Downloading 40+ GB files on a regular basis will chew through that cap way too quickly. If these two concerns weren't an issue, I would have no problems downloading all my games.
I have some concerns with this all-digital future everyone's talking about. Download speeds aren't climbing as fast as file sizes are, meaning we're quickly approaching the point where even the fastest connections are looking at several hours to download even one game. Combine that with the ever-increasing number of ISPs instituting bandwidth caps (another huge block to forward progress) and it's hard to see how all-digital is going to happen anytime soon.
I'd love to go fully digital, however I'm concerned about harddisk space as well as pricing. The online store I usually buy from offers new games for very cheap, a lot of stuff in the PS store is quite a bit more expensive. My hope is they take enough lessons from Steam with daily or at least weekly sales.
PSN does have weekly and monthly sales, especially for Plus members. There are a ton of discounts up right now plus the $10 back for every $50 spent promotion going all month. Sony's been excellent about their perks; I always find the MoneySaver break down on Kotaku dramatic. I can't believe Microsoft, for how robust their Live service is touted as being, still isn't competing with Plus in any relevant way.
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I'm a bigger fan of Digital and to be honest, I was digging the original plans Microsoft had with the XONE. Sadly, my internet is a load of garbage and can barely handle miniscule downloads on Xbox, I can't even imagine how long the 40GB download for Uncharted 3 will be. I'm glad that both Sony and Microsoft are giving us the choice to utilize physical copies.
Was ready to go all digital until the size of games started getting out there. I have pretty fast internet but even at that I can go buy a game from a store a lot faster than it would take to download 50GBs. And it sounds like discs on both next gen systems will be mandatory installs anyways so deleting content to make room for games and reinstalling as needed will be a lot less of a headache if I just have the disc.
Probably mostly discs. All the big games seem to cost 10€ more on PSN and there is no resale value, no thanks. Also it's probably going to be faster for me to get the disk than download 40 gigs. If they offer games cheaper and the whole play as you download thing works out I'm in. I doubt that's going to happen, the pricing seems pretty set even though it makes absolutely no sense.
i sell my games back, so I try not to buy digital. I can only hope the PS4 is not fucking insane with its installs like the PS3. Xbox, dload and done with most demos, games,, or very short install, and restart such as system updates. PS3 took 2-3x as long just to dload, then like another 15-20 mins to unpack the files, install, reboot. It was ridiculous. Even the system updates were ungodly long. PS3 installs were just fucking awful.
Both. I still want to have discs so when i flick though the binder i know what i have and also with the file sizes of next gen games that 500GB HDD will fill up real quick. Also retail will still be cheaper that downloadable and I don't want to pay too much for games especially if they're digital. I really hope Steam like sales occur for next gen consoles as that's a good way to adopt digital more.
I'm going to buy digital of overseas releases so I won't have to wait or import a physical, but in general, no thanks.
I live in Sweden, you can guess the quality of my internets and non-existent download limits. I'm not going to do even an intelligent per-stage download of a digitally purchased game unless I have to. 50 gigs at 100 megabit per second still takes a while.
If it's a brand new 60 dollar game I don't think there's any chance I'd buy it digital unless they cooked up some sort of bonus for doing so. There are a lot of advantages to buying physical, and I don't think the advantages of digital media stack up. Buying digital games just seems short sighted to me.
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