PlayStation 5 owners prefer boxed games to downloads

1 : Anonymous2021/11/19 15:32 ID: qxio8w
PlayStation 5 owners prefer boxed games to downloads
2 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:09 ID: hl9oxup

Some people don't have crazy fast downloading on their internet because their providers monopolize the area and prevents other providers from moving in so you're stuck at low freaking speeds with no options of any other service...

ID: hlamkjw

how do they stop other providers from moving in? (i'm not american which is why i'm asking)

ID: hlaqfb3

Depends on the area but in general, ISPs have oligopoly in many parts of US and you typically don't get a lot of choice, if at all. This is mostly due to the fact that US hasn't made public investment into broadband infrastructure in the past and has made it next to impossible for someone to join the competition.

3 : Anonymous2021/11/19 15:43 ID: hl9kws0

Most likely because they raised the prices to $70, so it makes it easier knowing you can sell the game after. Or at least that's how I feel about it. I've been digital only since last gen, but if I'm paying $70 for a game, I'm going to make sure I can get some of it back when i beat it.

ID: hl9pbt9

Yeah I will pick up digital games if the discount is enticing enough, but generally I have been able to find physical copies at much deeper discounts, and I can resell them if I don't enjoy them or don't plan to ever replay them.

ID: hla0y9a

Same I only go for digital if the discount is big enough or it's a indie game that I wont find in stores

ID: hla3yn4

Looking at Black Friday sales right now, physical is $5-10 cheaper than digital for many games. I love the convenience of digital but I bought six physical PS5 games last night for $160. The digital versions even at current sale prices would cost me $235.

ID: hladdn5

This is why I love that I'm a 'patient gamer' / missed 95% of the ps4 generation. I have such a huge backlog of great games by the time I make it to the newer stuff they're already discounted heavily.

ID: hl9p8je

I was fully digital in the PS4 era, but I'm transitioning to physical due to the price raise and used games being cheaper. Honestly, I think it's a shame.

ID: hl9wk6y

The biggest one for me is that digital games rarely drop in price from what I’ve seen, however I can get a second hand copy of the game on eBay/Amazon for a fraction of the price. Couldn’t care less if the box has a tiny scratch on it, aslong as the game plays ok I’m happy. Edit : getting replies about why the prices are what they are. I understand why it costs more for digital, that’s one of the reasons I prefer physical games.

ID: hl9rn6h

Same for Switch Player. Zelda is still full price after over 5 years on the Eshop and even on sale 40€ lol

ID: hl9t47l

That’s just the Nintendo tax in action. Sony at least puts their games on a good discount in their digital store after some time.

ID: hl9w0h3

In earnest I agree with you but I’m here with the counterpoint: me over here always loved physical more but unable to commit and beat anything so I never trade them in and now I’m feeling lazy having to bitch about the wrong disc is in the drive. I wish there was a pseudo game trade thing that would associate the game with your system or logon and let you just periodically (every few weeks maybe?) have to reinsert the disc to re-prove that you own the game. But otherwise you can switch from game to game and not be on your hands and knees doing the disc case shuffle constantly.

4 : Anonymous2021/11/19 17:28 ID: hla0zpm

I have always preferred Physical over Digital. It's nice to collect.

ID: hlalxkv

I got the disk version in case shit goes sideways. I can still have a library of games to play with my solar and wait out the inevitable military style busting down of the door to take my wife and last canned goods.

ID: hlaqgiq

Look at Mr. Optimist here thinking there will still be a sun!

ID: hlaq42d

I’m the exact opposite. I’m trying to not have so much stuff. I don’t hold on to my old consoles either (although I still have my Dreamcast for some reason)

ID: hlamdsl

and if you are unable to download the game you can still just reinstall it of the disc

5 : Anonymous2021/11/19 20:12 ID: hlar9ff

I recall the pipe-dream that was 'Digital games will be cheaper since there is no physical media/shipping/storefront needed.'

Yeah, that didn't pan out.

6 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:22 ID: hl9qrtf

But based on Sony's financial reports, Digital sales are much more than Retail sales.

ID: hl9zp71

Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad also thinks this takeaway has some flaws:

GSD data tracks nearly 100% of the physical market, but it only has access to a few publishers for digital data.

The data only looks at games with a PS5 SKU, which ignores PS4 games or non PS5 SKU games purchased on PS5.

He also thinks that digital sales are past the 50% threshold:

If we were to look at all units sold across PS4 and PS5 for the last few quarters, it's fairly obvious that the 50% threshold was passed a while back.

The digital download ratio was 62% last quarter, and 71% the quarter before.

No doubt skews lower on PS5 and higher on PS4 tho

Here is the link to his whole thread.

7 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:23 ID: hl9qyxk

I prefer my physical collection.

ID: hl9z0l4

I've honestly bought physical copies of games of things I've already finished digitally, if I see them cheap enough.

8 : Anonymous2021/11/19 18:33 ID: hlab1ao

Box games go on sale more regularly than digital.

That fact that there are so freaking many games on ALL platforms which are 2+ years old and still full price or near full price is absurd. You go to a store for a game 2 years old and it's nearly half off the original price.

Plus I can give the disk to a friend when I'm done and they can enjoy it too.

9 : Anonymous2021/11/19 15:40 ID: hl9kl0b

I have a disc PS5, but all my games are digital and I only use the disc drive for 4K movies. I know I can get physical games cheaper, but I really don’t like swapping discs.

ID: hl9urjh

This is exactly my reasoning too. The actual game is no different between physical and digital. But there's a big quality difference between 4k bluray and 4k streaming. No sense taking up shelf space if I don't have to.

ID: hl9ycjv

Actually there can be a difference! The disc version usually doesn't have the day one patch and on PS5 you can block games from patching. So if a developers removes content or features (rare but it can happen. The last guardian on PS5 disc can run the game at 60fps but the patches bring it to 30)

10 : Anonymous2021/11/19 15:48 ID: hl9lo0r

My only problem is when a boxed game has that box in the bottom saying it is a download only game. I mean your getting the case so why do you have to download the game.

ID: hl9xqbs

I never encountered this. Which games were like that?

ID: hlad9g9

Pretty much every PC game.

Closest thing on console I can think of would be something like the Spyro trilogy where you only get the 1st game on the disk.

ID: hl9qk0d

A lot of times the case is literally just a collectors item.

ID: hl9qyjb

Nintendo is the worst with this. Even the games that had a cartridge like the bioshock collection for the switch is now a download only game case when it used to have the cartridge in it

11 : Anonymous2021/11/19 15:58 ID: hl9n7u9

You can trade them in, and my internet is so shit downloading takes forever

I can but a short single player game at release and get most of my money back for trading it in instead of being stuck with it and never touching it again

ID: hla3qfk

That’s also what I do, and it saved me a lot on games, while allowing me to play everything I want on release

12 : Anonymous2021/11/19 18:25 ID: hla9s5m

been collecting my games since 2000. idk where y’all have the space to put all those cases.

13 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:17 ID: hl9q4ef

You know why? I bought Far Cry 6 for $80+tax, played the dickens out of it, then sold it for $70. That's why. If there were a used market for digital games, I'd prefer that.

ID: hl9wg48

Who buys used games for $70?

ID: hl9x1g7

Canadian. Well the nearly brand new game that comes out for $90cdn after tax is $70cdn locally in mint shape? I'd pay 70 for that. Saves a trip to the big city and saves 20 bucks.

14 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:16 ID: hl9pxu6

I'm in the middle. Basically I try to get single-player games on disc, but get multi-player games on digital. Reason being is often after I beat a single-player game, I rarely return to it, so I can sell it (just did so with Guardians of the Galaxy). Multi-player games, however, tend to have more replayability so I can freely delete and download as I feel like it.

15 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:53 ID: hl9vkx7

Disc Edition Gang rise up

16 : Anonymous2021/11/19 16:21 ID: hl9qoxt

I'm all digital.

Fuck if I'm going to get up to change games ever again.

ID: hl9tg4b

Same here.

I used to enjoy collecting games, but now it just feels like plastic clutter. I can't go back to having bookshelves and storage boxes full of plastic. It feels like having VHS now.

ID: hl9spv8

Getting out of bed / off the couch is for chumps.

ID: hl9uy6p

I don't even want to get up to pee.

17 : Anonymous2021/11/19 17:09 ID: hl9y2wu

Nothing beats going to the store and getting a new game and peeling off the plastic

ID: hlado77

And the smell when you open up the case

18 : Anonymous2021/11/19 17:05 ID: hl9xejc

I have yet to buy a disc. I have had the ps5 for months.

19 : Anonymous2021/11/19 15:40 ID: hl9kic3

After moving a few times in the last few years I definitely prefer digital. It doesn’t look as nice in terms of a collection on the shelf, but the games are the same.

ID: hl9ovrj

I feel it’s an age thing similar to you. As I get older I prefer to pay more for the convenience of digital.

Before, when I was younger and had a lot of free time, I didn’t mind selling my old games to get some money back. But now, the idea of listing them on eBay, packing them, and sending it at the post office all for $20 seems like too much work to justify it.

ID: hl9wb61

Yeah the amount of ridiculous emails I had to deal with when selling my copy of RDR2 made me question if I ever wanted to sell a game again. "Hey can I buy it for 1/4 of what you asked for and will you also deliver it to my house for free?"


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