Digital games are the future of the industry. While I don't think retail will ever totally disappear, digital will continue to grow and the industry will have to change if retailers and distributors are going to survive. South Africa still has a while before this shift is as powerful as it is in America, where apparently digital sales are breaking records all the time.
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There are no two ways about it, games have gotten bigger. While many people are celebrating the launch of GTA V on PC today, most fans had to start their download days ago if they hoped to play today; 60GB takes quite a lot of time on any line speed. There are ways around these massive downloads, but are they your best choices?
The US' NPD and the UK's GfK tend to focus on physical sales, though that's slowly changing. For now, the chaps from SuperData seem to be the only ones able to give us information on digital game sales. February was supposed to be all about Evolve, but the top ten actually tells a different story.
Some people talk about the importance of digital sales while others actually act upon it. Thanks to the good people at SuperData, we can look forward to monthly information about digital console sales for games. Just how big is the digital market and which games are on top? Wonder no longer.
Digital games are here to stay. People spent more on digital console games over the holiday season than ever before, jumping 10% on PS4 and Xbox One. The sales across platforms are staggering and ever increasing, but all platforms are not created equal.
We are making the shift to digital distribution - slowly, painfully and with plenty of bumps in the road, but it's happening. Ubisoft VP says it's faster and less painful than we might imagine, but there are still some major obstacles.
I can't hide it, I love Collector's Editions. Some are more equal than others, and anything with an impressive figurine becomes far too tempting for me. Of course, it's not just about fetishizing the physical stuff - you can also get cool things in game. Origin's details on the Digital Deluxe edition might just make you pre-order.
Digital Distribution - love it or hate it, it's here to stay. I think I'd like it a lot more if the prices were more competitive, and my internet was faster and more stable. Man, I miss my fiber internet from the Netherlands. The NPD has studied American spending habits, showing huge growth in digital, and EA has something to say about it, too.
We've talked a lot about digital sales, prices, and how this can all affect brick and mortar games shops. Now it seems that Microsoft is going to try lowering online prices - but it's just on a trial basis.
Usually, refunding a pre-order game on Steam was a matter of calling up Valve support, now, you can refund pre-orders with a simple click of a button. Steam users on the Steam forums discussed the new feature which Valve didn’t formally announce.
It seems like almost everyone has an iPhone, iPod or iPad these days. I actually had one of the early iPods back in the day. That thing was a brick, but I loved it. Now it seems that maybe I would love the Vita in the same way, if we believe PlayStation UK's Managing Director, Fergal Gara.
Good Old Games, the awesome website that lets you play fantastic new and old games on current operating systems, has officially launched their return policy. Considering that they are also fully DRM-free with their distribution, this is pretty awesome and gives me hope for the future of digital distribution.
I keep remembering old school consoles. You know, the ones you were able to just plug in and start playing as soon as you took them out of the box? I know, I know, they didn't have nearly the same functionality that our new consoles have, but for some people who couldn't download their day one patch from the PlayStation Network, it's hard to even know what the functionality is.