Have your physical/digital preferences changed since this gen started?

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Poll Have your physical/digital preferences changed since this gen started? (59 votes)

I'm 100% physical! 14%
75% physical, 25% digital 15%
50% physical, 50% digital 8%
25% physical, 75% digital 17%
I'm 100% digital! 46%

Before this gen, I preferred physical, but bought a substantial amount of digital games. I would say I was getting closer to that 50 / 50 mark. Since this gen started, my preference for physical has gone stronger! Physical has great benefits; you can sell it, lend it, borrow it, etc. In some cases, game prices actually go up and I'm make some money (if I decide to sell). With digital, it's a sunk cost. But if there is a game I really like and think I'll play it for the long term, digital isn't a bad option at all.

How about you, SW? Have your physical/digital preferences changed since this gen started?

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#1 hardwenzen  Online
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It has never changed and i don't see it changing in the future (for consoles). I am 100% physical.

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#2 NathanDrakeSwag
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Nope. I buy digital on PC because I have to. On PS5 I buy everything physical.

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#3 Pedro
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I have been 100% digital for a long time with no regrets. I have more space, more time and more convenience.

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#4 Archangel3371
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I don’t know if my preferences have really changed that much. I still prefer physical but it’s not like I was ever that set against getting games digitally before. If I can walk into a local store and pickup a physical version of a game then in all likelihood that’ll be the option I’ll go for. For me it’s not about be able to sell my games, it’s just that I prefer to have a physical collection of them. I guess I would say that I’m 75% in favour of getting the game physical.

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#5 omegaMaster
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I am still stuck on last gen

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#6 madrocketeer
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Nope. Still 100% digital, especially ever since I got fiber internet.

It's just so convenient, and no more plastic boxes taking up space in my house.

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#7 VFighter
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Team physical here!

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#8 pyro1245
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Noooope. Still 100% digital.

Physical has great benefits; - it doesn't

you can sell it, - you wont

lend it, - you wont get it back

borrow it, - your friends are all digital and have nothing to lend

etc. In some cases, game prices actually go up - it doesn't matter

and I'm make some money - because you wont

(if I decide to sell). - (because you wont)

I'm just kidding lol, you do you! Optical drives suck tho. They should really switch to flash carts like Nintendo. More faster, more quieter, more reliable hardware.

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#9 regnaston
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Have not bought a disc in ages until 2 weeks ago when I found a disc copy of Metro Exodus cheaper than what I could find digital

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#10 ZeroTheHero
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I'm 100% Digital everywhere I don't use disc drives for anything just digital downloads for everything I don't sub to pass's or gamepass or netflix pure digital only buyouts of my products.

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#11 deactivated-618bc23e9b1c9
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Yes. Last gen I was mostly physical. This gen I'm digital with Sony and Microsoft, and physical with Nintendo.

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#12 xantufrog  Moderator
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I'm pretty much 100% digital and have for a long time, but the Switch is keeping the flame burning

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#13  Edited By SolidGame_basic
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@pyro1245: you can play frisbee with bluray discs

@vfighter said:

Team physical here!

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#14 raugutcon
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I like physical however, 95% of my games are digital, go figure !

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#15 mrbojangles25
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Surprised by the 32% digital; given how vocal people are about how they like to "own" their games and trade them in, I thought it'd be less. But then again that might just be vocal minority.

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#16  Edited By KBFloYd
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im 50/50

i only buy physical copies of games i truely love.

everything else i buy digital. oh and all my multiplayer online games are digital. so i can play them at any momement and switch between them when i want.

no change. i was the same in the wiiU era.

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#17 M8ingSeezun
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Last gen, I was maybe 15% physical and 85% digital.

Now, I'm all 100% Digital. As a minimalist gamer (I try to be), discs are simply just clutter to me. It's just far too convenient to buy games digitally, especially when there's discounts or flash sales at the PS Store. However, I still collect vinyl because they're cool and sound better.

I have no faith in Sony's B/C feature for the PS5 Disc, so I'm aiming to get the PS5 Digital Edition, it's cheaper yet the same power. Although I have about 40+ physical PS4 games, I don't intend on using them on PS5. I always keep my consoles in excellent condition, so if I wanna play PS4 games I simply play them on my Pro, the way they were meant to be played.

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#18 CanYouDiglt
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Last gen I started 100% physical but by the time the gen ended I was 100% digital. So this gen I'm starting 100% digital from the start. Also now with the amazing quick resume feature on Xbox consoles for me digital is the way to go. Plus all the sales it is far cheaper.

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#19  Edited By lamprey263
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I don't have a PS5 and don't plan on it anytime soon. I was all digital on Xbox last gen, so keeping with that tradition. Only games I get physical are Switch, because I am well aware of their shitty digital rights.

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#20 Telekill
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I'm still at, if given a choice, I'll buy physical.

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#21 hrt_rulz01
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I'm 95% digital nowadays... the only physical copies I'll buy are generally special editions or games I just prefer to have a physical copy of (such as Mario 3D All Stars).

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#22 adsparky
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Physical if available.

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#23 Howmakewood
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I'd be digital only if that didn't mean getting fleeced on console, but here we are

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#24 MirkoS77
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Generally digital. It’s convenient not to have to get up and constantly change discs.

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#25 Casey-Wegner
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100% digital.

I have nor the time or inclination for physical game releases.

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#26 hardwenzen  Online
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@casey-wegner said:

100% digital.

I have nor the time or inclination for physical game releases.

100% digital and your brand new 2021 system has 64gb of storage. ouch. I am triggered FOR you.

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#28 hardwenzen  Online
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@sts106mat said:

75% digital and increasing. Used to always buy physical, but not seeing much point in it anymore except for maybe collectors editions etc

Over a whole generation, you can save thousands from reselling your games, especially with Nintendo that doesn't drop prices of their games, which makes it so used copies are permanently expensive and now the $70 PS5 games as well. How is this not a good reason?

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#29 WitIsWisdom
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I've probably been about 50-50 this gen so far, but that's mainly because upgrades and certain PS5 games on other platforms don't have physical options in many cases.

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#31  Edited By Litchie
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Digital on PC.
Mostly physical on Switch, digital for indie games.

So I guess that's like 85% digital.

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#32 simple-facts
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Digital if it's in gamepass or cheap on console stores, physical if not

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#33 mojito1988
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Digital 100%. Not a fan of needless clutter. That and I realize the older I get, the more I realize that stuff is just stuff. I don't need the clutter and I cannot take it with me when I go. I am a natural minimalist, so digital works great for me.

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#34 SecretPolice
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Changed last gen. 100% digital.

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#35 Djoffer123
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Last gen I bought zero physical games for the pc and PlayStation, but do have a few physics games for the switch since Nintendo’s store is utter crap and I can usually get the games cheaper at my local electronic store! Also with the tiny hard drive the swift have, it makes sense to get the game physical!

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#36 Postosuchus
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All physical for my console gaming, especially since the likes of Nintendo love to pull anti-consumer stunts like locking digital games to individual consoles. I do relatively little console gaming though so basically all PC gaming is digital now. I used to spring for the physical copies of the Kickstarter games I backed but ended up never opening them anyway.

Recently reinstalled Neverwinter Nights 2 out of nostalgia (and good lord I had forgetter how bad that camera was) and messing with the multitude of disks certainly felt archaic; don’t miss that at all.

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#37 DaVillain  Moderator
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At the start of PS4/Xbox One, I went fully digital gaming (besides for Wii U/Switch) and my stance hasn't change since. "I'm 100% digital" and I'm staying digital despite I'm on PC, I have always buy digital games on consoles (but few exception) and I don't regret it.

Back in the days, I was a physical buyer.

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#38 clone01
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I used to be physical copies only, but definitely moving toward digital purchases.

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#39 lebanese_boy
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100% Digital on PC/Switch*/PS4

*exception for Ring Fit Adventure, it's only available on physical for obvious reasons.

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#40 mtron32
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I don't like having physical copies so GamePass has been perfect for me. I play a game till I don't care to play anymore, then I uninstall and play something else. I don't have to bother selling anything and don't have any gamer clutter on my shelves.

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#41 NNoyingHusband
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Years ago I scoffed at digital unless it was necessary. Now the only time I buy physical is if it’s not available digitally or it’s a lot cheaper. For example, I recently bought Left4Dead 1&2 and Silent Hill Homecoming and Downpour.

I just can’t be bothered to run to the game store or wait for shipping. I’ve found myself doing this a lot now with Uber Eats, Door Dash, Instacart.

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#42 iambatman7986
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100% digital. I don't like having game boxes filling shelves and taking up space which could be better utilized with more important things to me than some old games.

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#43 dimebag667
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I don't have any current gen consoles, so it has had zero effect on how I purchase games. There's just not really anything that I'm dying to play, so it doesn't matter if it's digital or physical...I'm probably not going to buy it.

Most games aren't worth owning.

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#44 Stratego7766
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With GP and the convenience of digital sales, I'm currently 60% digital and 40% physical games.

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#45 JasonOfA36
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99% digital, 1% physical(for when I decide to get a PS5)

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#47 with_teeth26
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been 100% digital for a while now. I bought a handful of physical PS4 games early on, then switched to digital there as well.

Physical games are just needless garbage. There is enough plastic crap in the world already.

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#48 HalcyonScarlet
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I have zero interest in physical games. Happened last gen when I got more into PC gaming.

Optical drives are so ancient and slow, no one even uses them on the PC any more. Teh "state of the art console" with optical drives. :-(

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#49 SolidGame_basic
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Damn, this place truly is a PC gamer's forum!

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#50 Gifford38
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i like physical but don't mind if the game is just digital.

if i can find a physical copy i just download it