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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

With the exception of a few Single player games, I intend to obtain 90% of my Xbox One games digitally.

Erebus
Erebus

I used to be all about physical media and rejected digital downloads. Then I contracted Steam disease and that strangely eliminated my previous hangups about digital-only games.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

If you don't want the console to always be on, just unplug the console. It's not that fucking difficult to figure out.

Quanicus
Quanicus

The only way I'll buy digital games is if it's cheaper than the physical copy.

MVan86
MVan86

I will always prefer having physical copies to digital ones:

~ Physical copies are simply more 'real' - you can see and touch them, not to mention that makes it a lot easier to select what you want to play.

~ Physical copies won't be wrecked if the console stuffs up and don't eat up your downloads or bandwith to get.


OJ99
OJ99

Good job you sent up the public service 'sarcasm' banner there Jess, had me worried for a sec :p

Also, every time I see the Kinect 2, I think of the movie 'Short Circuit'. Anyone else?

tommystockley
tommystockley

Buying games has gone from owning something for a lifetime to "gaining access to content until we decide to take the servers down", then it simply doesn't exist anymore.

ank000
ank000

I like to show off  and I also like my shelf full of game boxes..

I'd only get the digital versions of game if they are cheap and mediocre gameplay and also having crappy box cover.

Goobshoeriot
Goobshoeriot

Whoa Whoa Whoa...Let me get this right fellow gamers.. You guys want digital only games to be released from now on?!?!  I thought this was an obvious NO. I LOVE having a physical copy. Benefits: 1) Cool Box art 2) Doesn't take up storage space on your system 3) Doesn't need to download 4) Last the test of time (You will always have it on you) 5) Easy to share with friends rather than give them a way to download your copy run into DRM problems etc.

You guys let me Know. Comment on this post. I can't think of 1 benefit of digital downloads other than you don't need to leave your house. But is that such a bother?! Not passing judgement just wanna hear what you guys think

Daveof89
Daveof89

You can't resell a digital game... you buy a crappy game, you're stuck with it.

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

The primary motivation behind going all digital seemed to be to remove used game sales and limit competition and customer rights.  Good luck going to a pawn shop and getting a cheap game you filthy criminal, you will now be required to go through Microsoft or you don't get your game.  Oh and by the way, since there is less competition, your games now cost $100 each.  If this should happen to make sales go down, then obviously it is due to piracy and ever more draconian DRM policies need to be implemented.  Yes, the future as envisioned by Microsoft is a wonderful place.  Hourly check-ins, forced advertisement watching, and constant validations for everyone!  YAY!

megakick
megakick

so it will slowly increases my electrical even more.

LOXO7
LOXO7

She looks like my brother when he was a kid.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

this show's existence is really starting to grate on me.

SpookyHoobster
SpookyHoobster

As soon as someone markets a "living room gaming PC" the better, consoles are just dragging us down "like a dead body".

nameaprice
nameaprice

WHHOOOOOAAAAAA! Look at those SWEET graphics! What console is that!? ... its called OUTSIDE

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I was hoping that the Xbox One and PS4 didn't have a disk drive. I am all for digital, even on my crappy 5MB broadband (when the wind is blowing the right way), it takes about a day to download. I tend to leave mine on over night.

I bought Diablo 3 this week because I fancied it. It was £44 on Battle.net but £30 odd on Amazon. I went with Amazon naturally and I now in the future have the choice of downloading digitally or just putting the disk in. In the mean time though that disk in its stupid oversized box is just sat on a shelf collecting dust. Totally and utterly pointless.

Have competitive digital prices (at least make them the same price) and I would download every game digitally. And will do so for the entire next gen' unless the prices are stupidly high for the digital version.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

Digital games on Xbox live and PSN cost a lot more than retail copies, so how are we supposed to be happy about an all digital future? Assassins creed 4 for example is £40 to pre order at most online retailers but a ridiculous £60 on PSN. WTF is that about?

I might be tempted to buy a ps4 if some interesting games are made, but I certainly wouldn't bother with any digital only console.

Flip_9
Flip_9

@MVan86 I feel like I understand that point of view and agree with it, but as a gamer that struggles to understand where games are going I can't help but feel that digital gives the most back to the developers.  I actually don't know what is better but as long as games provide a meaningful outlet for myself I will be there for to support them

Ninja_Danny
Ninja_Danny

@tommystockley that sucks cause you don't get to enjoy you old time favs :'( you can't replace a great idea with a good idea. it's not an even trade!!! :'(

crix01
crix01

@Goobshoeriot Doesn't take up storage space on your system? Try doesn't take actual physical space in your home, where the hell would i put more than 100 boxes???? Besides at least on Pc we can save the instalation files elswhere or keep backups so we don't have to depend on the download again. Not passing judgement either. oh! and my friends can purchase their own games.

sonic6748
sonic6748

@Aphyosemion  What? Advertising on my Xbox? That would drive me out of my mind real fast.

crix01
crix01

@Aphyosemion Microsoft just wants to take over the entire market of games distribution on his console. Microsoft monopolizing???? Not the first time they try.

crix01
crix01

@nameaprice You mean that thing i see trough my window????? WHOAAAAAA!

SpookyHoobster
SpookyHoobster

@Dannystaples14 the problem with consoles is that you cant have competitive prices for digital content. Amazon, GOG, Desura, Steam, Gamestop, etc all compete with each other for the PC market. No one is going to compete for the Xbox market unless MS pulls a good samaritan and lets other retailers compete on it. That's why they wanted to cut out the used copy sales, it would've just about defeated the point on buying a physical copy then everyone would shift over to digital.

MS did say they were going to have day one Digital sales for games so there you go.

SpookyHoobster
SpookyHoobster

@mickyfinn84 It's completely stupid how they market it right now. They cut the costs of production and shipping with digital sales yet they charge the same price as a physical copy, usually more after a few months because with physical copies you have to move units for shelf space so a year old game still goes for the full $60. I was a bit pissed at steam for doing that with Skyrim.

MVan86
MVan86

@Flip_9 @MVan86 I am deeply concerned by efforts of some developers to push digital only as a covered way to roll back accepted consumer rights in the name of profit - especially when some of the developers who talk about it are not struggling.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@crix01 @Goobshoeriot stands the test of time?  Not if it gets all scratched up.

Also keep in mind that digital is in its infancy relative to disc/cartridge based games.  Sharing games is something that Valve (and likely others like MS with their family sharing) is working on.  Ofc you could just log into your (very trusting) friends account and try out some games.

Aphyosemion
Aphyosemion

@sonic6748 @Aphyosemion Well, MS has said that the Xbox One was made with advertising in mind and that you could be given "incentives" to watch the advertisements.  I don't mind something like, hey we noticed you watched an advertisement, you might also be interested in this, sort of like Amazon does.  It is when it starts becoming, hey we noticed you DIDN'T watch an advertisement, so here it is popping up in your face and pausing your game and bouncing around in front of you!  Hooray!  Please watch a message from our sponsors in order to unlock your Xbox and continue playing.

SeiKN
SeiKN

@megakick @SeiKN Yep, the only way i would pay for AAA games via download is only if the prices were considerably lower.

tommystockley
tommystockley

@poopinpat @SpookyHoobster Won't stop consoles from dragging people down. Because of consoles, most devs create lower quality content for consoles and just upscaling graphics a little for PC, rather than developing for PC first and then cutting content for consoles. Hell, sometimes game devs are forced (or bribed) by console devs to lower the quality of the PC games so they don't feel embarrassed by the sheer difference in quality.

Ninja_Danny
Ninja_Danny

@Goobshoeriot Just a side note for everyone to think about, since when has any gamer out there tried to get "free games" through their friends via Digital Transfers?

Sad thing is, if microsoft is worried about piracy of their games and thats why they wanna go digital, thats not gonna help. there's always going to be a hacker, or pirate that figures out how to steal the games no matter what. 

Hard copies I think are better cause what happens if microsoft get hacked like sony did? what if you lose all your game purchases? No hard copy, ur outa luck!

Goobshoeriot
Goobshoeriot

@poopinpat Ok for @crix01  really dude?! you have a 100 games and can't find room to put it in. I think all those games could fit in a large box anywhere in your house unless your homeless. @poopinpat Good point scratched discs are dead weight. And Yea if they go they way it would be great like "hey [friend] wanna borrow this game? sure. Here's the link" but being pessimistic I don't see them doing this anytime soon cause these company's are already worried about piracy add in that you can give 1 copy of a game to 10 people they'll find another way to stiff you. Also, yea i log into my friend's accounts sometimes but it's kind of a pain right now (whatever suck it up). and @masterhound you're really comparing this to books?! I don't think people care that much about paper products anymore. Ex: Newspaper. but yea i guess

poopinpat
poopinpat

@SeiKN @poopinpat No cheaters as long as you stay away from CoD lol.  Yea consoles definitely serve their purpose, I only say go PC because I couldn't afford to shell out that kind of cash for new games.

Upgrading is a drag, but I don't find myself being forced into it too much (but it does happen).  I buy a lot of games, and getting them on steam during sales justifies the cost of pc components for me.

Neither is better, it all completely depends on your situation in life.

SeiKN
SeiKN

@poopinpat @SeiKN Yeah, i know i can plug a controller to my PC and i can also plug it to my TV, but there are some console advantages like no cheaters and i don't have to buy parts every now and then just so my PC can keep up with the new games.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@SeiKN thats comparable to what I pay.  Game savings make the PC worthwhile imo.

SeiKN
SeiKN

@poopinpat@SeiKN@megakick I was talking about on PlaystationStore via download. The PC games are 50 or 40 € = 66 or 53 $

poopinpat
poopinpat

@SeiKN @poopinpat @megakick jesus... sales dude, shop sales.  I haven't payed that much for a game since N64 (and i've bought plenty of games on launch day).

Are PC games that much in Europe?