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.
There has been quite some outrage over digital sales lately, and rightly so. EA was seriously ripping people off (surprise, surprise) and the PS4 digital versions of games are more expensive than Xbox One versions. Now EA and Ubisoft have solved the problem, and explained why it happened to begin with.
So yesterday I told you about some of the insane gouging going on from EA - overcharging on digital distribution and fleecing people simply because they live in a different country. Now, it seems that digital version of games are more expensive, particularly if you have a PS4.
There is no doubt, people love to hate EA. They have one of the worst images of all the gaming companies around, even though they're trying to change that. Yet, with news like this coming out, it's still a long time until anyone will trust them.
With digital distribution the dominant force in the video game industry, due to its low overhead costs and ease of access, physical collectors editions and disks are likely to be phased out with the onset of next generation consoles and hardware.