I'm going digital only

#1 Posted by Sun-Tzu-GE (53 posts) -

I've been thinking about it and I've decided that I'm not buying physical copies anymore.Here's why:

1) I live in Europe and because of conversion rates I can save 40% on any game I purchase from a US psn account.

2) Almost every game on the PS4 has been available on day 1 so far.

3) It's more convenient.I can download my game at any time without waiting in line at a store.

There are absolutely no negatives for digital only in my case.I was reluctant before but now I'm ready to embrace the future.

What do you guys think ?

#2 Posted by marcheegsr (2836 posts) -

I have thought about it, but I like having a collection on display rather than saved on a hard drive. I guess I am old fashion.

But if you don't care about building a physical collection, than by all means digital is the way to go.

#3 Posted by The_Rick_14 (9945 posts) -

If you are someone who plays many different games at once, you may want to either reconsider or consider purchasing a larger hard drive for your console because with the size of games, you will run out of space eventually and have to remove old games. You can always redownload them again later, but it is something to be aware of.

#4 Posted by Sun-Tzu-GE (53 posts) -

I almost never replay games after I finish them so that shouldn't be a problem for me.The only thing which sucks is that I can't sale used games.But the fact that I save 40% on new game purchases makes up for it.

#5 Posted by bezza2011 (2548 posts) -

good luck but just remember at the end of the gen and when you switch it's more than likely you won't be able to keep your games and move over, and when you look back and think o i'd love to play that retro game alot of the games may be unplayable due to being digital or something goes horrible wrong and companies go bankrupt and you can't download half your games again to play because they've closed them servers down where the games were held.

#6 Posted by Kusimeka (112 posts) -

@bezza2011 said:

good luck but just remember at the end of the gen and when you switch it's more than likely you won't be able to keep your games and move over, and when you look back and think o i'd love to play that retro game alot of the games may be unplayable due to being digital or something goes horrible wrong and companies go bankrupt and you can't download half your games again to play because they've closed them servers down where the games were held.

This. I love my retro games and for this reason, will never go all-digital unless i have too.

#7 Posted by Sun-Tzu-GE (53 posts) -

Replay value isn't a consideration for me when buying games.I have 3 shelves full of 360 games that I've never touched since I finished them for the first time so... I also have all my PS2 and PS1 games in a storage space.I have never once thought about replaying them.Games are like movies to me.If you already know what's gonna happen next,why watch them a second time ? I just don't have any fun the second time around.

#8 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

@Sun-Tzu-GE said:

Replay value isn't a consideration for me when buying games.I have 3 shelves full of 360 games that I've never touched since I finished them for the first time so... I also have all my PS2 and PS1 games in a storage space.I have never once thought about replaying them.Games are like movies to me.If you already know what's gonna happen next,why watch them a second time ? I just don't have any fun the second time around.

This is so true with me too. I always used to have the "I need a physical copy" mentality, but looking at all the disc games I bought and how many I actually play is crazy! Once I finish a game, 9 times out of 10 I won't play it again. There are a few exceptions to this rule, so for that reason I'll pick up the hard copy. Otherwise, digital is the way to go.

#9 Posted by mattykovax (22693 posts) -

I only buy physical if I can get a really good deal that I can not get digital, or if its a particular series I collect, such as metal gear or gta. Otherwise I buy pretty much everything digital.

#10 Posted by MethodManFTW (25783 posts) -

I live in the US, but I've been digital only for like the last 3 years. Welcome to the future my friend. :)

#11 Posted by TheFlush (5565 posts) -

I went digital for all media I consume...

PSN for PS4 & Vita,
Steam for PC games,
Deezer for music,
Netflix for movies and series,
epub for books, cbr for comics and Manga Rocks for manga on my iPad.

I'm loving being completely clutter free.
No physical newspapers, magazines, books, comics, dvd's, blurays, games, cd's anymore.

#12 Edited by BattleSpectre (6229 posts) -

You Muricans think you're the world. I love it hehe. Anyways on point, I have a cap of 100GB per month and a top download speed of 1mbps. Can I go all digital? Hell fvcking no! So that's why I'm sticking to physical copies. I also like trading in my games, lending them to mates and the such (but what's a whole different story).

I wish I could go all digital too, but until Australia gets unlimited uncapped internet, than I can't embrace "the future".

#13 Edited by thirdson1812 (82 posts) -

Good for you. To be honest, I prefer physical form just because you have ownership of it at all times and you always have that new game feeling or excitement when you buy it from a local retailer and putting into the disc drive. With digital, that new game feeling is not there. The only time I buy digital is if there is a massive cheap sale on the PSN store.

#14 Edited by Megavideogamer (5441 posts) -

Good for you. If you want to go all digital then go for it.

I prefer physical disc media for my games. I only buy digital when there is no disc option.

Each to their own.

#15 Posted by SoNin360 (5504 posts) -

I'm in the "only buys digital if it's really cheap" boat. But it seems it's a cheaper option for you anyway, though I find it hard to imagine you can't find discs from any source that are cheaper than purchasing full priced digital. Anyway, I like having a physical collection, but there is some convenience to having games stored and ready to play on your system.

#16 Posted by Mesomorphin (826 posts) -

I think you should do whatever the fuck suites you, coming on gamespot to justify your choice and hope for agreement is just fucking pityful. Kidding....kinda...yeah nah not really.

#17 Edited by cameroncr95 (39 posts) -

I am mostly digital. Most games I tend to purchase from the Playstation Store, but some games, such as Fallout 3 and Skyrim, I am forced to purchase a disc because they are not on PSN.

The only downfall for me is that since I live in a very small (and awful) little town called Springport MI, I have local internet since no other internet company supports the town and I cannot afford 3g/4g internet, and I get pathetic speeds despite having "High Speed" internet.

#18 Edited by MondasM (1276 posts) -

i have been purchasing all of my games digitally for the past couple of years, i have no regrets... :D

#19 Posted by The_Last_Ride (72292 posts) -

@marcheegsr said:

I have thought about it, but I like having a collection on display rather than saved on a hard drive. I guess I am old fashion.

But if you don't care about building a physical collection, than by all means digital is the way to go.

I am the same way. Unless they start selling games cheaper on PSN, i won't be doing it. The only time i have done it is when there have been 50% sales on games or more

#20 Edited by champgto (10 posts) -

Welcome to the digital world.

@BattleSpectre said:

You Muricans think you're the world. I love it hehe. Anyways on point, I have a cap of 100GB per month and a top download speed of 1mbps. Can I go all digital? Hell fvcking no! So that's why I'm sticking to physical copies. I also like trading in my games, lending them to mates and the such (but what's a whole different story).

I wish I could go all digital too, but until Australia gets unlimited uncapped internet, than I can't embrace "the future".

meh mine's only 0.5 and I never complained while I'm going all out with full digital.

#21 Posted by SgtSutton (347 posts) -

If they made digital games cheaper I would consider it more often. Shouldn't they be at least $5 cheaper or something to make up for no transportation, shipping, and actual cost of making the disc and case?

Also I really prefer to sell old games that I've played out. Makes my next game cheaper.

#22 Posted by MarcRecon (5845 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

@marcheegsr said:

I have thought about it, but I like having a collection on display rather than saved on a hard drive. I guess I am old fashion.

But if you don't care about building a physical collection, than by all means digital is the way to go.

I am the same way. Unless they start selling games cheaper on PSN, i won't be doing it. The only time i have done it is when there have been 50% sales on games or more

I'm in the middle on this issue, I got loads of digital games but only a few where bought at full price!

#23 Posted by The_Last_Ride (72292 posts) -

@MarcRecon said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

@marcheegsr said:

I have thought about it, but I like having a collection on display rather than saved on a hard drive. I guess I am old fashion.

But if you don't care about building a physical collection, than by all means digital is the way to go.

I am the same way. Unless they start selling games cheaper on PSN, i won't be doing it. The only time i have done it is when there have been 50% sales on games or more

I'm in the middle on this issue, I got loads of digital games but only a few where bought at full price!

i never buy digital games at full price. I just can't do that

#24 Edited by BattleSpectre (6229 posts) -

@champgto said:

Welcome to the digital world.

@BattleSpectre said:

You Muricans think you're the world. I love it hehe. Anyways on point, I have a cap of 100GB per month and a top download speed of 1mbps. Can I go all digital? Hell fvcking no! So that's why I'm sticking to physical copies. I also like trading in my games, lending them to mates and the such (but what's a whole different story).

I wish I could go all digital too, but until Australia gets unlimited uncapped internet, than I can't embrace "the future".

meh mine's only 0.5 and I never complained while I'm going all out with full digital.

But do you have a cap? When I go over 100GB in a month my internet slows so bad, to download something the size of 5GB it will take 1 week, literally.

#25 Edited by PS4hasNOgames (1771 posts) -

I like not having to get up to change discs for digital...but if you get bored of a game you can't sell it if you go digital. last gen i played hundreds of games because i bought and sold them.

#26 Posted by MarcRecon (5845 posts) -

@BattleSpectre said:

@champgto said:

Welcome to the digital world.

@BattleSpectre said:

You Muricans think you're the world. I love it hehe. Anyways on point, I have a cap of 100GB per month and a top download speed of 1mbps. Can I go all digital? Hell fvcking no! So that's why I'm sticking to physical copies. I also like trading in my games, lending them to mates and the such (but what's a whole different story).

I wish I could go all digital too, but until Australia gets unlimited uncapped internet, than I can't embrace "the future".

meh mine's only 0.5 and I never complained while I'm going all out with full digital.

But do you have a cap? When I go over 100GB in a month my internet slows so bad, to download something the size of 5GB it will take 1 week, literally.

Caps aren't an issue for me "YET" but Verizon has hinted that's about to change in my area!

#27 Edited by BattleSpectre (6229 posts) -

@MarcRecon said:

@BattleSpectre said:

@champgto said:

Welcome to the digital world.

@BattleSpectre said:

You Muricans think you're the world. I love it hehe. Anyways on point, I have a cap of 100GB per month and a top download speed of 1mbps. Can I go all digital? Hell fvcking no! So that's why I'm sticking to physical copies. I also like trading in my games, lending them to mates and the such (but what's a whole different story).

I wish I could go all digital too, but until Australia gets unlimited uncapped internet, than I can't embrace "the future".

meh mine's only 0.5 and I never complained while I'm going all out with full digital.

But do you have a cap? When I go over 100GB in a month my internet slows so bad, to download something the size of 5GB it will take 1 week, literally.

Caps aren't an issue for me "YET" but Verizon has hinted that's about to change in my area!

Lucky, I think Australia wants to do the same with local service providers, but in like the year 2020 lol. Anyways how much GB per month are you on? Surely more than me...

#28 Posted by commandokock (502 posts) -

pros: convenient purchasing, no physical media to get lost or damaged

cons: cant trade, lend or sell your games, some people prefer to have physical media

i dislike digital downloads. its just the industrys way of controlling the used market. they dont even give a discount for going digital

#29 Posted by MDK12345 (1278 posts) -

How are you supposed to build your collection then if you only buy ghost games? Just makes no sense to me. Why game at all then if you're not going to replay the game? I feel bad for the OP.

#30 Posted by sukraj (23051 posts) -

I wont be going digital just yet i like having a pysical copy of games on display.

#31 Posted by gregbmil (2607 posts) -

@jasean79: If you guys are really like this, why would you not want the actual disk so you can sell it when you done with it?

#32 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

@gregbmil said:

@jasean79: If you guys are really like this, why would you not want the actual disk so you can sell it when you done with it?

Sell it to whom? Once you buy a game, it pretty much becomes worthless once you open the package. In order for that to be profitable, I'd have to finish the game within a month's time. Most games take me longer to complete because of how little time I have to play every day. So, once I do beat it or get tired of it, the disc isn't worth much to a Gamestop and I'm less likely to find a private buyer, especially if it's not really a decent or high demand title to begin with.

#33 Posted by MarcRecon (5845 posts) -

@BattleSpectre said:

@MarcRecon said:

@BattleSpectre said:

@champgto said:

Welcome to the digital world.

@BattleSpectre said:

You Muricans think you're the world. I love it hehe. Anyways on point, I have a cap of 100GB per month and a top download speed of 1mbps. Can I go all digital? Hell fvcking no! So that's why I'm sticking to physical copies. I also like trading in my games, lending them to mates and the such (but what's a whole different story).

I wish I could go all digital too, but until Australia gets unlimited uncapped internet, than I can't embrace "the future".

meh mine's only 0.5 and I never complained while I'm going all out with full digital.

But do you have a cap? When I go over 100GB in a month my internet slows so bad, to download something the size of 5GB it will take 1 week, literally.

Caps aren't an issue for me "YET" but Verizon has hinted that's about to change in my area!

Lucky, I think Australia wants to do the same with local service providers, but in like the year 2020 lol. Anyways how much GB per month are you on? Surely more than me...

None yet but my ISP is about to fix that!!! lol

#34 Posted by MethodManFTW (25783 posts) -

@gregbmil said:

@jasean79: If you guys are really like this, why would you not want the actual disk so you can sell it when you done with it?

I don't buy my games from Gamestop and don't wanna waste my time packaging games to send them into Amazon..

But yeah, the clutter thing is the biggest bonus for me. I don't need video games and DVDs all over my apartment.

#35 Edited by MDK12345 (1278 posts) -

You can go digital. I look down on you for it and think it's lame and shows you're not a collector or have true respect for games and nostalgia, but it's your choice.

#36 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

@mdk12345 said:

You can go digital. I look down on you for it and think it's lame and shows you're not a collector or have true respect for games and nostalgia, but it's your choice.

You look down on us and think it's lame?? Bwahahahahaha!! Yeah, because you've never bought anything digital in your life, I'm sure. I guess you don't own a smartphone and have never downloaded an app on it, right? You've never downloaded music from the internet either, I bet. Or you've never bought DLC for your disk game, have you?

I think you're lame for dismissing digital games. They offer a convenience for some that physical copies lack. It has nothing to do with "true respect" for games, it simply offers an alternative to consumers. And the way things are heading, digital is going to become the future of gaming. So, go on "collecting" your physical titles to add to your nerdy nostalgic gaming collection. But, as for me, I will continue to enjoy my digital copy for what it is - a piece of entertainment that I can enjoy and delete when I'm done.

#37 Posted by littlestreakier (2931 posts) -

@Sun-Tzu-GE: I agree, saving 40% is pretty substantial

#38 Edited by dalger21 (1169 posts) -

I have bought just one physical copy (Call of Duty: Ghosts and returned it about a week later) for my PS4. Every other game I've bought (Infamous:SS, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, MLB The Show, Watchdogs) has been digital. I like the ability ( at least now) of downloading a game and have it on my PS4 already and not having to go to Gamestop, Best Buy, or wherever to get it.

#39 Posted by Sun-Tzu-GE (53 posts) -

@mdk12345: LOL ! You look down on me ? You feel bad for me ?

Look,I respect your passion and everything but not everyone gets a thrill out of collecting stuff.Like jasean79 said,it's a piece of entertainment which I can enjoy and delete once I'm done with it.I buy a game for its content and not for the piece of plastic that holds the content.As long as I can enjoy the content,there's no difference between digital and physical.Plus getting 40% off on brand new games is a pretty big incentive.Unless Sony gets a stick up their ass about allowing people from Europe to download US games,I don't think it's worth it to get disc anymore.

#40 Posted by MDK12345 (1278 posts) -

@Sun-Tzu-GE said:

@mdk12345: LOL ! You look down on me ? You feel bad for me ?

Look,I respect your passion and everything but not everyone gets a thrill out of collecting stuff.Like jasean79 said,it's a piece of entertainment which I can enjoy and delete once I'm done with it.I buy a game for its content and not for the piece of plastic that holds the content.As long as I can enjoy the content,there's no difference between digital and physical.Plus getting 40% off on brand new games is a pretty big incentive.Unless Sony gets a stick up their ass about allowing people from Europe to download US games,I don't think it's worth it to get disc anymore.

40 percent off means nothing. I got most of my PS3 games for 5 bucks. Might as well just wait for the price to lower and then go physical. you can trade or sell them after you beat them.

#41 Edited by MDK12345 (1278 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

@mdk12345 said:

You can go digital. I look down on you for it and think it's lame and shows you're not a collector or have true respect for games and nostalgia, but it's your choice.

You look down on us and think it's lame?? Bwahahahahaha!! Yeah, because you've never bought anything digital in your life, I'm sure. I guess you don't own a smartphone and have never downloaded an app on it, right? You've never downloaded music from the internet either, I bet. Or you've never bought DLC for your disk game, have you?

I think you're lame for dismissing digital games. They offer a convenience for some that physical copies lack. It has nothing to do with "true respect" for games, it simply offers an alternative to consumers. And the way things are heading, digital is going to become the future of gaming. So, go on "collecting" your physical titles to add to your nerdy nostalgic gaming collection. But, as for me, I will continue to enjoy my digital copy for what it is - a piece of entertainment that I can enjoy and delete when I'm done.

You are the one getting defensive. Yes I look down at it, but that doesn't mean you have to listen or get offended. Just my opinion and it always will be. As far as smart phones, I don't care about them. I care more about owning game content. If you're going to just delete it, I wouldn't even bother playing a lot of games in the first place, there are lots of other hobbies. Look if you find that games are so inconvenient to have, just get a small storage box and keep it out of the way. Digital won't be the future of gaming anytime soon because they conducted a poll and the vast majority liked Discs. I mean you can play cell phone games if you want, but they are no fun. have fun having no real games. And no my gaming collection is not nerdy. Like I said, I like sports and many other things. But if you're gonna game collect, digital is not the way to go. You're not a true collector. you don't have true respect for games. Nothing wrong with that, but that is the fact. In fact the only thing nerdy about game collections are collecting digitally. That is REALLY nerdy and uncool. There is nothing cool about playing digital games and then deleting them. If you want to play them like it, then do it. But you're not gonna get approval on here from true fans, sorry, so you'll have to just do it yourself.

#42 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

@mdk12345: Your mentality is warped, my friend. And I'm not offended in the least bit, I was simply calling you out on your ignorant reply about "looking down" on us because we game for reasons different than your own. Not everyone that games is a "collector" of disc games. Sure, there are those out there that will buy games every week just to have them, but this is a small percentage of the population, and even smaller is the percentage of that group that buys only disc games. If you don't believe me, take the website Steam for example. Over 75 million users buying digital games, and over 75% of PC based games are purchased as downloadable digital software.

So tell me again how buying a physical copy is advantageous to its digital counterpart??

#43 Posted by MDK12345 (1278 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

@mdk12345: Your mentality is warped, my friend. And I'm not offended in the least bit, I was simply calling you out on your ignorant reply about "looking down" on us because we game for reasons different than your own. Not everyone that games is a "collector" of disc games. Sure, there are those out there that will buy games every week just to have them, but this is a small percentage of the population, and even smaller is the percentage of that group that buys only disc games. If you don't believe me, take the website Steam for example. Over 75 million users buying digital games, and over 75% of PC based games are purchased as downloadable digital software.

So tell me again how buying a physical copy is advantageous to its digital counterpart??

You do realize that most people that buy cell phone games are not true gamers right? And this is a Playstation section, not a PC Section.

You don't know how buying a physical copy is advantageous? You must be stupid!

#44 Edited by Sun-Tzu-GE (53 posts) -

@mdk12345 said:

@Sun-Tzu-GE said:

@mdk12345: LOL ! You look down on me ? You feel bad for me ?

Look,I respect your passion and everything but not everyone gets a thrill out of collecting stuff.Like jasean79 said,it's a piece of entertainment which I can enjoy and delete once I'm done with it.I buy a game for its content and not for the piece of plastic that holds the content.As long as I can enjoy the content,there's no difference between digital and physical.Plus getting 40% off on brand new games is a pretty big incentive.Unless Sony gets a stick up their ass about allowing people from Europe to download US games,I don't think it's worth it to get disc anymore.

40 percent off means nothing. I got most of my PS3 games for 5 bucks. Might as well just wait for the price to lower and then go physical. you can trade or sell them after you beat them.

I'm sorry,but what kind of gamer are you if you wait 3 years after a game is released to play it for $5 ? I could be looking down on YOU for this.I'm not though because I realize everyone has different preferences in doing things.

#45 Edited by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

@mdk12345 said:

@jasean79 said:

@mdk12345: Your mentality is warped, my friend. And I'm not offended in the least bit, I was simply calling you out on your ignorant reply about "looking down" on us because we game for reasons different than your own. Not everyone that games is a "collector" of disc games. Sure, there are those out there that will buy games every week just to have them, but this is a small percentage of the population, and even smaller is the percentage of that group that buys only disc games. If you don't believe me, take the website Steam for example. Over 75 million users buying digital games, and over 75% of PC based games are purchased as downloadable digital software.

So tell me again how buying a physical copy is advantageous to its digital counterpart??

You do realize that most people that buy cell phone games are not true gamers right? And this is a Playstation section, not a PC Section.

You don't know how buying a physical copy is advantageous? You must be stupid!

Yes, I realize what section we are in and I 'm not talking about cellphone games. I used Steam as an example because it has relevance to the conversation. PC games are also available in a physical copy.

Interesting that you call me stupid when you yourself can't understand why someone would choose digital over disc. I clearly laid out my reasons, but your little brain just can't seem to process it. Instead, you resort to calling me names and looking down upon me. I feel sorry for you.

#46 Edited by MDK12345 (1278 posts) -

Oh so you're saying that you're right and I'm wrong when clearly people respect physical copies? You're not insulting me! You're insulting games!

#47 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

@mdk12345 said:

Oh so you're saying that you're right and I'm wrong when clearly people respect physical copies? You're not insulting me! You're insulting games!

I never said anything about right and wrong. Man, you really are having a hard time with this.

#48 Posted by MethodManFTW (25783 posts) -

@mdk12345: really nerdy and uncool? Lol dude, you calling other people defensive over this is pretty hilarious.

#49 Edited by MDK12345 (1278 posts) -

@MethodManFTW said:

@mdk12345: really nerdy and uncool? Lol dude, you calling other people defensive over this is pretty hilarious.

Well he started it. He used the word nerdy first because he was offended. the truth is I always looked down at digital, but kept my mouth shut. It's when he used the word nerdy first.