PC/Console - Digital/Physical

  • If there's a game I really care about, I want physical edition of it, no matter the platform. But I don't mind digital downloads of games.

  • With PC I buy everything digital on Steam or wherever. I kind of have to since I don't have a disk drive

    With Console I usually buy physical copies of everything because I like displaying them and they take up less space on the hard drive (plus they're almost always cheaper). Sometimes I'll get multiplayer games digitally, for example I'm planning on getting a digital Battlefield 1, so I always have it with me and can switch easily to it whenever I want to.

  • I like the idea of looking at a shelf and seeing rows of games and consoles I've collected since the 90's. However that's all it is to me. A cool idea.

    To be clear I don't have old games or consoles. I don't replay games. I don't even have the time to play new games. The one and only reason why I buy physical, is because I truly own the game and can sell it or trade it. I don't need to look at the thousands of dollars spent on games I'll never touch again and can't get rid of. That being said, one day I'll have to embrace a digital future. That's fine, I really don't mind. I just like being able to sell it. I look forward to changing games on the fly one day lol.

    Also, as great as a physical copy is these days, it's not the same as the same a pre PS3 era. My copy of pretty much any game is unplayable without the patches available to download them. You can use a Nintendo to play old games. If ps4 support was ever dropped you would never be able to play 3 quarters of your games 20 years from now. the industry is better at salvaging games now though, so we will see.

  • I buy physical on console when possible, I buy digital on pc because the kinds of games I play on pc generally aren't on console and don't get physical releases. Pretty much any cross platform releases, I buy physical.

    Whenever I can, I buy on console because I trade in old games for cash quite a bit.

  • PC buyers go digital cause we aren't really given a choice, how many actual retail stores CARRY PC games these days? The rest only sell you codes, which I could just do over the client.

    Even when PC games were sold regularly in physical format, you couldn't resell them. So it's not a fair or even accurate comparison to console gaming.

    But as for my personal stance, console I prefer to always have the disc, reasons as follows:

    • Digital versions have more botched releases than physical (Latest example for me was Grand Kingdom, game wasn't unlocking, content was missing, pre-order bonuses weren't being delivered, content in the game wasn't updating properly).

    • Costs the same as physical without the option of resale

    • No resale

    • No awesome smelling manuals (Though most games don't anymore anyway)

    • Zero incentive to pre-order digital since console download speeds never match my actual speed and with everyone downloading at once it's even WORSE, and yes this is PS4 AND XB1 so midnight releases don't really matter when you're still waiting to play past 2am.

    • Online clients can close or remove games at any time, for any reason, but you can't take my discs from me without considerable discomfort to yourself.

    • Large file sizes

    • Performance can be better or worse than physical, this is a case by case basis of course.

    • I get better discounts from amazon prime than most retail employees get, and it only applies to physical copies AFAIK. $69 turns into $51.

    • No option to import digital games without jumping through more hoops than it's worth.

    That's just off the top of my head.

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    Call me old fashioned, but I buy physical copy when I can. I don't really buy PC games though, last I did buy were Starcraft 2 which were digital as I wanted to start to play right away with some friends.

    I do prefer to have a "hard copy" on my shelf

    • I LOVE the smell of new games (I miss the manuals though).

    • I can always access the disk, no worries about the servers going down.

    • I actually OWN the copy, digital can disappear (for you nay sayers, just look at various servers that gone down and gamers not being able to play).

    • My game library looks awesome in my bookcase with my statues and figures.

    • I save hard drive space on my PC on the few occasions I buy PC games.

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    I buy digital because the ease of use, better load times and immediate access is unparalleled.

    Plus I find games/movies/music cd's on a self to be a bunch of clutter more than anything else.

    Just my personal preference. I've never had any issues buying games off Steam or PSN.

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    I've bought 98% of all my PC games digitally the last 5-6 years, while I've bought 80% of my console games physically the last 3-4 years, though lately I've bought plenty of games digitally for my PS4 because of the convenience and cheaper price.

  • As I primarily play on a PC that has no disc drive it is all digital all the time. Install the games I want and ensure "offline" mode works with no issues. If not I get a refund and keep moving.

  • Well with the advent of Steamworks on 3rd party retail copies. And also Battlenet for Blizzard games. Physical copies for PC's have essentially lost much of its purpose. Outside of collectors editions and games that people just want to have a physical box of. Even if the majority of PC physical games, have become the equivalent of an online redeemable code.

    I personally wouldn't be interested in physical PC copies for the above reasons. For consoles, I only buy physical for a game I really like. As PSN eventually gives pretty good deals for practically every game. I am though very grateful, that I brought the digital verison of Destiny TTK. As I am constantly jumping in between games. And don't need to be swapping discs everytime I switch games.

  • I prefer to buy every game physically but like most have already mentioned it's not possible on PC, even if you buy a physical copy you still have to deal with Ubisoft, EA Origins or Steam. I don't like the fact a lot of games require online authentication which means you can't play without an Internet connection, even in 2016 I'm not okay with this, I wish there were more recent games on GOG.

    Same thing regarding consoles, think about all those digital games bought on the previous generation console which you no longer own, at least with a physical copy you could either resell or give the game to someone.

    On top of this physical games are often cheaper than digital.

  • Like many others, all my PC games are digital and I'm happy with that. Last couple of physical PC games I got had like 3-4 dvds you had to load to get the game going which is just kind of a pain. On console I get all the big retail games physically, one because like others I'm kinda old school and think having my collection of games on my shelves is kinda cool and two I got that Best Buy gamer thing so I get 20% those games. Course, I get a lot of the smaller PSN games as well, in which I don't have a choice most of the time and get them digitally.

  • Console and Physical. Physical games are cheaper and hold more value.

  • Like many, I tend to mix but go for physical copies when it is available so I can eventually sell them at some point (plus I like these empty boxes on my shelf). In the end, I guess I have more digital games in quantity though

    Confession time: There are moments I bought a physical copy of a game I previously owned digitally. I like having a physical copy for some games I truly enjoyed. When it is Life Is Strange and its Limited Edition it's okay I guess. But I don't have a lot of excuses for Tales from the Borderlands or The Wolf Among Us which are nothing more than blue boxes with a disc in it and without any cool added value.

    Exception for my Vita: Digital only. Not even sure what a Vita card looks like, now that I think about it.

  • I will always prefer physical over digital for most of my games,what changed over the years however is i'm alot more open about digital than before.

    Nintendo games? I will always want the physical copy,same thing for JRPG's such as Ni No Kuni. But for games like Need for Speed? I will take the cheap digital copy,i don't need that on my shelf. Same thing for sports games or online only games such as Overwatch or Destiny.

  • So far, I've been a PC exclusive player simply because that's where I started. We had PCs growing up, but not gaming consoles. So I've actually never owned one. I would love to get a console, but oddly, the cost is too high. I already bought the TV for $250, but I can't justify the $400 for a PS4k, $60 for PSN, and then a whole new library of games.

    Which, by the way, I buy all digital because I travel a lot and live overseas, and there are no stores here that would sell unpirated games. Besides, anymore now, you are just paying for the box art and getting a download code, or at least a major D1 patch. So really, all games are basically digital.