Fragtaster

Anyone else buy Digital because they (mostly) have to? Or it's the best option.

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So I've finally gone ALL Digital - but it wasn't completely by choice though. I had my hand dealt for me a bit.

 

See, where I live I don't have a Best Buy, a Frys, a Target, a Costco, any mom & pop game stores, pretty much nothing is here. Up until now, I had been buying all my physical games over the years at our lone Gamestop - but sadly though, they finally closed recently because of their financial situation (ours was underperforming apparently).

 

There are no places to buy games here short of Walmart; which my local one doesn't keep a good selection of games or systems, and their prices aren't that cheap after sales tax (and that is IF they are even willing to price match) - so as a result, I have been forced to buy all my new game systems online off ebay or amazon. Unfortunately, where I live we ALSO have a hefty Internet sales tax (that started last spring) that doesn't effect PSN or XBOX LIVE yet (for some reason), but does effect other digital stores such as Steam, G2A, and most retail outlets like Amazon and Best Buy online. Because of that even a cheap physical game ends up costing me several bucks more (even with prime).

 

As a result of this combination of factors, its actually easier (and often not even cheaper) for me to go with digital purchases on console (especially if I buy on sales). I DID do the eBay thing for a while, but I wasn't saving much there and I had to deal with people shipping out late or not at all, or even items not as described.

 

Fast forward to today, and 90% of the time I wait for seasonal flash sales to buy most my games (only buying full priced a few times a year) on console. Not to complain, but because of the pricing situation I can't even afford to buy a Switch: on that platform AAA physical prices are outrageous online (I'm not paying $38 for a two year old game), and the eShop almost never (rarely) does sales on the games I want (which are AAA titles like Mario Odyssey, BOTW, Pokémon, etc). Contrary to the initial investment, the Nintendo Switch is actually is a fairly pricey platform to own, and it's best games physically hold their value until the end sadly, when they move on to becoming rare collectors titles that just get more expensive.

 

But this isn't about me pursue.

 

I mainly made this forum to ask if any other people where forced to into a similar situation as me, and had moved on to digital for their games (especially AAAs, since a lot of indies are digital only). Do any of you not live near any stores that have a good selection of games at good prices, or have a internet tax (or high shipping/import) where you live?

 

Surely I'm not the only one for whom digital is the best option in terms of price-to-convenience. Usually the difference between physical and digital for me is around $10, inwhich case the convenience of Digital always wins over the hassle of shipping to my location

 

And yes, I will preface this with the fact that I come at the situation from the angle of savings and cost vs. hassle, because I'm a extremely low income individual, for whom both my money and time are equally valuable. Until this year, physical was cheaper and more available - but at this point in time it's become almost as expensive as digital (especially as digital has gotten cheaper this generation with frequent sales).

 

 

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*Edit: And please before any of the regular smartasses pop on here and say "you don't HAVE to buy anything" or start telling me physical is MUCH cheaper - it's NOT cheaper where I live, and in the cases where it is slightly cheaper for me, it's not by enough to justify the wait and added grief. Trust me, I've been at this from all angles. So please don't bother hassling me and wasting my time - if you got a attitude because you had a bad bay at school, take it somewhere else. Not to be a asshole, but you WILL be ignored by me immediately after the first pompous remark (I wont waste my life energy on you).

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Well, whatever works best for you.

 

PS3 games I will get physical and digital, whatever is cheapest or most convenient. I do prefer getting a PS3 game on disc when I can but if digital is cheaper in some sale, then I will happily go with that.

PS4 I mostly buy digital, although with the PS5 being round the corner I have also begun picking up second hand physical PS4 games for cheap now.

Some miracle needs to happen for me ever to consider collecting physical Vita games. They are rare to begin with so I do not expect them to go down in price a lot (if at all) in the future.

 

It's not really about availability for me but more about cost. I could spend more on my gaming hobby than I do but I prefer to spend that money on some of my other passtimes. I bought a PS3 in 2013 and a PS4 in late 2017. I always wait for a good sale to buy a game and if that means I wait for a couple of years then so be it, My backlog is huge already so I am never without a game to play.

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5 minutes ago, pinkrobot_pb said:

Well, whatever works best for you.

 

PS3 games I will get physical and digital, whatever is cheapest or most convenient. I do prefer getting a PS3 game on disc when I can but if digital is cheaper in some sale, then I will happily go with that.

PS4 I mostly buy digital, although with the PS5 being round the corner I have also begun picking up second hand physical PS4 games for cheap now.

Some miracle needs to happen for me ever to consider collecting physical Vita games. They are rare to begin with so I do not expect them to go down in price a lot (if at all) in the future.

 

It's not really about availability for me but more about cost. I could spend more on my gaming hobby than I do but I prefer to spend that money on some of my other passtimes. I bought a PS3 in 2013 and a PS4 in late 2017. I always wait for a good sale to buy a game and if that means I wait for a couple of years then so be it, My backlog is huge already so I am never without a game to play.

 

I think I should have been more specific I was just talking about new or at least modern games. Definitely in the case of older games (especially PS3 games) physical on eBay is WAY cheaper than digital, and still the best choice for me too. :)

 

And thank you for your reply! I'm in the same boat as you - and my backlog is so long that I sometimes get disturbed thinking of all the great games I might never get around to.

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2 minutes ago, Fragtaster said:

 

I think I should have been more specific I was just talking about new or at least modern games. Definitely in the case of older games (Especially PS3 games) physical on eBay is WAY cheaper than digital. :)-

Ah okay. Yeah I hardly buy new games at full price. My wife got me RDR2 for my birthday some months back so even that is an exception :P

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1 minute ago, pinkrobot_pb said:

Ah okay. Yeah I hardly buy new games at full price. My wife got me RDR2 for my birthday some months back so even that is an exception :P

 

My wife got me RDR2 too! I've still not gotten around to playing it yet - but I hope to soon.

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I have also gone digital only this year. The reason is very simple: the prices on the PS Store are really quite good. During sales that is, not regular full prices. But there seems to be a sale pretty much all the time these days and I really enjoy browsing through them and actually discovering games I haven't heard of before (non-AAA games). Even AAA-games drop in price quite quickly, it is merely a matter of rationality: can you wait a bit longer and instead play your backlog while you wait for prices to drop? The situation is completely different from Steam for example, where games cost a fortune no matter how old. I do worry that if digital only becomes the norm the PS Store will start behaving the same as Steam. If there are no viable other outlets to buy your games from and stock is not a problem because it is all digital, then why would the PS Store ever lower the price? Alas, we are not there yet.

 

But for now I'm digital only. The prices are lower and it is much more convenient: I can play a few games at once without having to swap discs. I am past the point where I need to have my games displayed in a cabinet. I would re-sell games after I was done with them anyway. This used to be an advantage over digital, but it has become much harder to get a decent price (so I don't bother). Storage is not an issue either: physical vs digital, the installed file size is the same. As for physical stores, I have never bought my games there. I would always buy my games online (tax is the same everywhere). Up until maybe a year ago that was cheaper, but it no longer is most of the time. As for second hand, I used to buy loads of stuff on Amazon UK but despite the dirt cheap pound (brexit) the added shipping costs usually offset the savings. So digital only. Works for me.

 

At some point I think I will even consider something like PS Now.

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I still try to get physical games when I can, mostly the bigger games (so I don't have to wait to download them), exceptions to those are games like the Yakuza games, and Judgement, either, getting them physically is a pain, or thy're on sale digitally, or it's cheaper in general.  Though the last part can still vary for me.

 

When it comes to digital, it's mostly only digital games when I can, as in, games that don't have physical copies, or as I said before, they're cheaper.

 

Size can also determine as I said earlier on for me, mostly cause of the whole, waiting around for them to download, which can be a pain (DOOM being an example, you know, the 2016 game where I got the digital copy of that and all up, the file was around 80gb because of patches, as I don't think the company knew how to compress them or something like that? Not sure, but that took me overnight to download x.x).

 

But yeah, I still like to get physical copies of games, and I have store nearby I can get them from still, or get them online via Mighty Ape over here for usually overnight or Saturday delivery.

 

But digital is also a thing if I have to for, as I stated before, with games with no physical copy available to obtain.

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11 minutes ago, Sifferino said:

I have also gone digital only this year. The reason is very simple: the prices on the PS Store are really quite good. During sales that is, not regular full prices. But there seems to be a sale pretty much all the time these days and I really enjoy browsing through them and actually discovering games I haven't heard of before (non-AAA games). Even AAA-games drop in price quite quickly, it is merely a matter of rationality: can you wait a bit longer and instead play your backlog while you wait for prices to drop? The situation is completely different from Steam for example, where games cost a fortune no matter how old. I do worry that if digital only becomes the norm the PS Store will start behaving the same as Steam. If there are no viable other outlets to buy your games from and stock is not a problem because it is all digital, then why would the PS Store ever lower the price? Alas, we are not there yet.

 

But for now I'm digital only. The prices are lower and it is much more convenient: I can play a few games at once without having to swap discs. I am past the point where I need to have my games displayed in a cabinet. I would re-sell games after I was done with them anyway. This used to be an advantage over digital, but it has become much harder to get a decent price (so I don't bother). Storage is not an issue either: physical vs digital, the installed file size is the same. As for physical stores, I have never bought my games there. I would always buy my games online (tax is the same everywhere). Up until maybe a year ago that was cheaper, but it no longer is most of the time. As for second hand, I used to buy loads of stuff on Amazon UK but despite the dirt cheap pound (brexit) the added shipping costs usually offset the savings. So digital only. Works for me.

 

At some point I think I will even consider something like PS Now.

 

Steam can be extremely cheap, but you have to wait for either the Winter or Summer Sale. When those occur MOST the games on Steam are 70-90% off. The reason I have so many games on my steam library is because I save up all year, and only buy games during the winter holidays all at one time.

 

7 minutes ago, DrakeHellsing said:

I still try to get physical games when I can, mostly the bigger games (so I don't have to wait to download them), exceptions to those are games like the Yakuza games, and Judgement, either, getting them physically is a pain, or thy're on sale digitally, or it's cheaper in general.  Though the last part can still vary for me.

 

When it comes to digital, it's mostly only digital games when I can, as in, games that don't have physical copies, or as I said before, they're cheaper.

 

Size can also determine as I said earlier on for me, mostly cause of the whole, waiting around for them to download, which can be a pain (DOOM being an example, you know, the 2016 game where I got the digital copy of that and all up, the file was around 80gb because of patches, as I don't think the company knew how to compress them or something like that? Not sure, but that took me overnight to download x.x).

 

But yeah, I still like to get physical copies of games, and I have store nearby I can get them from still, or get them online via Mighty Ape over here for usually overnight or Saturday delivery.

 

But digital is also a thing if I have to for, as I stated before, with games with no physical copy available to obtain.

 

Very true points, thank you for your reply. :)

 

Also: Install times are my bane right now - especially with games that are north of 90GB these days (my internet isn't that fast and it can take all night).

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I rarely play new games for several years after they come out and still have backlog from PS2 and GameCube so I stick to buying physical when I find good deals. And although stores are quite abundant near my house, I rarely find myself driving to a location to shop for games, I’ll do most of the shopping online. 

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I’m basically all digital - it’s just convenient. I’m gonna have to download big amounts of games anyway - patches, dlc etc, and I have no issue with internet connectivity or caps or anything, so it’s easy for me.

 

I’m not *opposed* to physical - i do occasionally get given a physical copy for Christmas or something, but it’s now weird to me to hit a game icon on the screen, and have it tell me to insert the disc!

 

i’m in the UK, and there aren’t many dedicated videogame shops left - the main one left ‘GAME’ killed off all the small retailers ages ago, then ate their only competitor a few years back (an equally skeezy retailer called ‘GameStation’), so now they are all that’s left.

 

Couple that with the fact that the stores are pretty bad. The people who work there don’t know anything about games. I constantly hear them recommending terrible crap to innocent, confused parents, or giving them wrong info, or just straight up lying about how good a game is to make a sale, and the skeeziest thing is that whenever you take a new game to the counter, they try to sell you on a used copy for £5 less than the new one. Basically “give us all the money, and deny the developer and publisher any revenue... cuz, y’know... we’re so great. Want a Funko Pop with that?”

 

I don’t feel at all guilty about not supporting them.

Every time I go in I worry i’m gonna catch acne. Or hepatitis. Or Funko Pop.

 

I would get physical versions if it made sense, but for it to be worth the extra hassle, it woud need to cost at least a 40% less than the digital price. There is a massive inconvenience to going to a store, parking, finding game, putting up with all the “you want the strategy guide? The plastic model? A pre-order? A sticker book? A fucking Funko Pop?” and getting it home, and even then, I’m gonna have to download the patches etc. anyway.

 

Or.... I can buy on my phone in a few clicks, and it will be fully installed and waiting by the time I get home from work.... and it was probably cheaper!

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OP, that's probably the only compelling argument I've heard for digital. xD

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Unfortunately I'm in the same boat, it's much cheaper and easy to buy a game straight away from PSN and do not wait, pay more, wait and pay more, seek for a very long time-wait and pay more. Like physical games and have own little collection, but for today not only have to carefully choose which game will be on disk, but also be enough quick and with cash until it disappears from local stores. Irony of this, can't handle it either, wanted the Resident Evil copy, but local price was much greater for a disk, so gave up and bought it day one from the store. You know, waiting for a price drops and hopping it will be not out of stock usually ends up with nothing. Plus with some games bought outside home region have to deal with season pass locks and not being able to enjoy a game fully. This all summ ups into complete digital purchase only choice.

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First off I'm not in your kind of situation.

 

Now my opinion: I like to buy digital because besides inputting my credit card details I can just click a few buttons  and have the game I want shortly thereafter.

 

Yes the flash sales are a fantastic incentive to buy digital too, sometimes even better than going through Ebay for a physical copy. Also the fact that I can switch out my games without having to worry about changing discs is nice too.

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I go soley by price. I compare the cost of a used physical copy vs the digital one. I play a lot of Japanese games on my vita, mostly otome games and have to buy digital for them as it's usually much cheaper to buy digital than import them. Although there were a few occasions where Solaris Japan which sells used games ended up being cheaper when I calculated it including shipping, in which case I went for physical. I also buy digital in sales, as some of the discounts are really good, especially around New Years and Black Friday. 

 

I personally prefer digital over physical in general, but my main goal is to choose the cheapest option, wait for flash sales and price drops. I don't buy full price digital games though, as they are very expensive. All my digital games were bought in sales

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