Digital Game Pricing

Conversation 6 comments

  • 1092

    15 November, 2016 - 10:05 am

    <p>Yeah, I agree with all you have said here. &nbsp;I find it really frustrating, I don’t want to store physical media nor do I need to, but I shouldn’t have to pay more…&nbsp;</p>
    <p>I’ve assumed it’s something to do with bulk discount, so the retailers can purchase 5000 units of whatever AAA title and they will get them for X amount per unit…<br /><br />This of course, doesn’t work with digital copies. &nbsp;It should be cheaper and really they have no reason not too, if there selling the above at &pound;10-15 per physical disc then why can’t they discount the digital copies?</p>

  • 4039

    Premium Member
    15 November, 2016 - 1:46 pm

    <p>I went all-digital with both XB1 and PS4 games when each console launched, and have never looked back. &nbsp;No discs piling up on the shelves, everything on readily accessible on the hard drive, etc.</p>
    <p>I think the physical sales have more to do with excess stock, supply and demand, etc. &nbsp;I agree that it has been really frustrating over the years to always have digital copies selling at full price on Amazon, while physical are usually discounted. &nbsp;However, keep an eye out for sales – they do happen in the digital stores, too, on occasion, although nothing like the frequency of physical.</p>
    <p>Another challenge with digital games when you have more than one console in the house is that you can only have one PRIMARY console. &nbsp;Your digital games are purchased by one actual person, not the family. &nbsp;And only the primary console allows anyone to play your games on it.</p>
    <p>I ran into this problem in the last week when I got a PS4 Pro, and moved my original PS4 to another TV in the house. &nbsp;The PS4 Pro is now my primary console, and anyone in the house can play any of my digital games on the PS4 Pro. &nbsp;On the other PS4, which is now NOT my primary console, my digital games still exist on that console. &nbsp;However only the purchaser of the digital game – i.e. me – can play the games on that secondary PS4. &nbsp;So, my kids cannot sit down at the old PS4 and play a game unless they actually log in as me (the purchaser of the game). &nbsp;Of course, this also means that if I am logged into the PS4 Pro and playing a game, nobody else can play a game on the other PS4 as those games were all purchased by me, and I cannot be logged into both consoles at once.</p>
    <p>Note that I am not talking about being able to play the <em>same</em> game on two different consoles at the same time. &nbsp;You can’t even play two <em>different</em> games on the two consoles at the same time if they were purchased by the same person.</p>
    <p>Based on what I have read, similar restrictions also apply to the XB1 platform. &nbsp;Only one console is Home console, and on a another console you have to be the owner of a game to play it.</p>
    <p>None of this is a surprise to – I am not claiming that I got ripped off. &nbsp;I read about all of these restrictions when I first got the PS4 and XB1 at launch. &nbsp;But, now that I have more than one console in the house, I am feeling the restrictions.</p>
    <p>Overall, you can’t <em>really</em> have more than one console in the household if you go all-digital. &nbsp;You actually are much better off with discs if you have two or more consoles of the same platform in the house – it’s the only way to allow anyone to play any game on any console whenever they want.</p>
    <p>And, as you said, the games can be significantly cheaper….</p>

    • 1092

      16 November, 2016 - 7:30 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#25758">In reply to </a><a href="../../../../users/bsd107">bsd107</a><a href="#25758">:</a></em></blockquote>
      <p>I never knew of that restriction, which is silly! &nbsp;Let’s hope in time it will be more relaxed.&nbsp;</p>

  • 2625

    16 November, 2016 - 1:32 pm

    <p>Movies are in a similar situation with the Blu rays and Dvds being cheaper than Digital streams, but they usually offer a onetime digital code within the physical copy.&nbsp;</p>

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