Sony VP: Most Gamers Don’t Want To Buy Games Online

Digital games download has been growing in population steadily for quite a while now and most analysts expect that it will replace physical disc sales sooner or later. Nonetheless, Sony's senior vice president in charge of PlayStation brand marketing, Guy Longworth, believes that the "vast majority of [gamers]...don't want to buy online right now."

As far as Sony is concerned, there is no point in encouraging consumers one way or the other. In fact, the company is trying to "offer a relatively level playing field and let the gamers decide. We're not trying to advantage them, we believe in consumer choice."

Today, "the vast majority of the people want to go down to GameStop or Best Buy, they don't want to buy it online right now." And Longworth believes that "physical games will be around a lot longer than some people think."

All PlayStation 4 games will be released simultaneously through brick-and-mortar stores and online stores. This holds true to Xbox One games as well.

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If you believe digital download to be the future...

...then you're completely dumb. When MP3 format first was introduced, everyone thought music CDs would be disappear. Yet they're still here today. And when movies and internet movie streaming became available, everyone thought they would replace DVDs. Yet not only they're still here, but a new physical medium came (blue ray discs) years ago and now is more relevant than ever. No one knows what the future holds. And if we went with music and video as indicators, then there's no reason to believe game discs will disappear either.

If you believe digital download to be the future...

...then you're completely dumb. When MP3 format was first introduced, everyone thought music CDs would soon disappear, yet they're still here today. When downloadable movies and internet movie streaming became available, DVDs were thought to go away. Yet not only they're still here, but a new physical medium (blue ray discs) came years ago and is now more relevant than ever. And now the same thing is said about video games. No one knows what the future holds. And if we went with music and videos as indicators, there's no reason to believe game discs will be replaced with digital downloads either.

????

Wasnt Microsofts intent on your purchase of a game is that you would have access to both the physical disc and digital copy??? I have all the current systems. (no wiiU cause face it, it was just a suped up wii which in all honesty should have been that in the first place.) All have exclusives so i enjoy all those regardless of disk or download. Ive kept up more with the ps3 cause online multiplayer is free. Pc cause i have plenty of MMOs and FPSs that are great to play. And really, im not jumping on the next-gen boat till everything is sorted out. Society today has a majority connected online with all the social networks and online games. Both companies know they will get that majority that will keep up. Anyone buying a $400-$500 is more than likely online capable. Tired of everyone wanting alot for nothing an the more this gets out of hand the more i feel we as a consumer will get screwed in the end all cause we want in on it. No one is pointing a gun to your head and making u buy every damn thing out there to play. Stay in your financial lane folks. nuff said.

Internet Caps

I have a 120gb monthly cap and all of it gets used and some months over the limit. in which case I have to pay extra. Downloading games is not in my future.

My great wall of..............

Whether its a physical copy or download the prices stay pretty much the same when it comes to AAA games so personally i'd rather have the physical copy if the price remains the same since you would think not have to make the cases,manual, and discs would lower the cost and in turn make a downloadable game cheaper but that's now usally the case. The case is they get full control and make more money if its downloadable only and theirs no benefit to the buyer really. Plus there are advantages to buying the physical copy since one you can always no matter what sell them if you want unlike downloaded games, you don't have to wait to download the game and then wait again to install the game since usally its as easy as putiing the game in the console and playing them right away, and finally unlike downloads which can become corrupt or lost if your hard drive crashes or other things that can happen you don't have to wait a long time again while it downloads and installs again and with consoles if your internet aint working your not screwed and don't have to wait till its back up for you to download the game again since you have the physical copy on hand. Consoles are suppose to be affordable, easy to use, fun, and basically made for gaming period. That's one of the biggest reasons it does so well and is also very collectable due to the way it is and one of the biggest reasons publishers wanna make games downloadable has to do with control and money period and if that were to happen games and gaming as we know it would never be what it was and is suppose to be. An example of one issue already is Steam downloads now I like steam but hate the fact that when I download a game from them I cant resell it and don't agree with that since im not renting or leasing the game im buying it.They cry about used games when if they want more money why dont they sell used games themselves just like gamestop and other places and not act like they should just get a piece of the pie without doing anything. I like Microsoft and the xbox but you can see that its pretty much trying to change the console into another PC when they should be keeping consoles the same but just add the good things from the Pc like hardware and online gaming and in fact they have already done this but now are starting to go to far and wanna bring stuff over from the Pc that consoles don't need and gamers don't want and you know it has to do with money and control which is what they do in the Pc market. Now Nintendo and also Sony who learned the hard way with the launch of the PS3 knows that a console needs to be affordable, easy to use, and fun to play and that too much changes to fast is bad and not what the gamers or the consumer always want at least most anyways. I love games and own every console and 2 Pcs and build gaming rigs so this is just what I think and hear from friends and I just hope gaming gets better and not worse and always changes for the best and that the whole gaming industry never forgets what a console is and should be affordable, easy for anyone to use or play, and always fun to play.Now besides that its simple the games is what matters most and what people want the most because without games a console dosent matter and the companies know this.

Time to let go

First, allowing digital downloads does not mean there won't be discs. You can have it both ways. On the 360 you can already buy completely digital products. I get the fact that there are folks out there without internet and times when there is no access (although personally this is never an issue). This is where MS design breaks down a bit. Most games are played online these days anyways. I would be surprised if MS doesn't still have a robust digital downloading system. Its too bad they are backing away from the shared circles where 10 other live users have constant (simultaneous) access to your library and you conversely to them. While I do see a huge problem with MSs strategy for the internet challenged (PC) I'm still impressed that they are looking at new ways of doing things even if there are flaws. I'm not impressed by Sony for simply saying "Look we still have VCRs! We're cool!". Its funny that "hardcore gamers" are the ones looking at new technology and feel uncomfortable. Good luck getting a CD from ITunes or one of your other devices... its time to let go.

Yeah they do.

The vast majority of gamers that don't live in rural areas & have a satisfactory connection do want to download their games, they just don't want to pay stupid rip-off disc prices for them. Let the assholes that have to have a disc version pay more for it, because it costs more to provide. Let those who pay for high speed connections have a break for helping the environment, doing without a physical copy & costing all you greedy a$$holes less money by using the infinitely & inexpensively reproducible download avenue. Dickwads

50/50

I kinda agree with this guy, I hate consoles with a passion but as a pc gamer I love the collect my games in boxes however services like GoG and Humble Bundle can make irresistible offers, as for steam it can fuck itself, it's not bad but I don't support DRM. Ultimately Digital Distribution should be an option.

Money

I'd never buy a digital copy of a game for one simple reason: I can't resell it. Sony and M$ love it when you pay full price for something non-physical (they dont need to spend money creating a game disc, printing a colored manual, etc). And when you no longer want to play the game, you can't sell it used (which means less marketplace competition for them). Digital downloads = more profit for Sony/M$ = less money in your wallet.

SPOT ON!

Exactly, well said. Exact same reasons why I don't buy digital games either. Main reason for me is I want to sell when I'm done. I would add that when a new game is released, it's the same price for the digital one. Of course Sony and MS would prefer you buy that one, they are not passing the saving to you, it's a higher margin for them.

really?

I'm amazed at how many people arrive at the conclusion "no disk = no costs". You take WAY too many things for granted. Don't talk about savings on digital sales until you do the math about all the costs a digital store has just so you can pay for a game and download it. "No it's simple, it's a download, it's free of costs", retard...

Lets brush up on our reading skills (again)?

Again, you need to actually read what people are saying. Nobody said it's "free" of costs. It's just a lower cost that's all. Second time today I've read a comment by you that I've had to correct (remember the guy commenting about PC gaming with a gamepad, you thought he was talking about HDMI and called him a "moron"?). Reading is a good skill to have, believe me. Try to practice with it.

hi

ok i don't know this answer but if i buy a game online and lets say something happened to it can i re-download it for free or do i have to buy it again? if i can re-download for free then its ok with me but if i have to pay again the ill buy it on disc

I guess it depends

I guess it depends on the service but from what I know (someone correct me if I'm wrong), for Steam and Playstation Network when you buy a game the purchase will stay in your "account" and can be downloaded again later. So if say you get a new PC or a new console, you can re-download the games again (you might have to "activate" them on you're new hardware though). That's pretty much it I think.

Yes, most digital download

Yes, most digital download stores work like that. Buy once, download forever. There were some a few years ago that tried to limit how long you could download you game for and even charged you extra if you wanted an extended period *cough* activision *cough*. But thankfully people on the internet can be reasonable sometimes (really!) and refused to buy from them. So that trend pretty much died.

I try to buy everything I can

I try to buy everything I can digitally - it's more convenient, and the sale has more weight to it for the developer and publisher than if I'd bought it from EB or something. I only buy physical games if they're not available digitally, or if they're unreasonable huge (like, above 25 gig)

Price

I do agree with what you are saying but they are paying for the servers as well as the production of the disk and case. Im only saying like if you buy the game for 59.99 then you should be able to get the digital copy for lets say 49.99 or 52.99. whatever. just enough to balance the cost.

I like deals but I prefer physical games

I do like steam or GoGs when I am either getting an amazing deal, like getting a game worth 50 dollars less than a year ago for 5 dollars, or for when I want to own something that has not been on store shelves for years. But fact of the matter is I prefer physical copies. It takes less time to install and update than a game bought totally through digital. Its like this though, if your a serious gamer, you have a collection and have been collecting for a long time as I have. I like to display my collection on my bookshelf, and when my friends come over they always look at the shelf to see if there are any games they may have overlooked that they might want to play. Like really whats the point of buying a game digitally if its the same price as a physical copy? They cant sell physical copies potentially to a nearly infinite amount with no overhead costs at all from things like shipping, and making sure retailers carry the game. Any version of a game by a major publisher thats sold digitally should automatically be 10 dollars or more less than its physical counterpart. So I can have all those games locked away on some account and never show them off, theres more to games than just playing them. Do you think this type of thinking about games would work with other things people collect, like baseball cards, comicbooks, or even something like coins or stamps? Whos going to want to collect a comic book thats been infintely reproduced? Otherwise whats the point in purchasing it, I might as well download it for free. So when a publisher puts out a major game digitally and not physically they are really shooting themselves in the foot because whereas i would have purchased it if it was physical, since its digital only I will wait until its like 10 dollars or less, or just download it.

All you all, you're just misinformed and out of touch with rl

"It takes less time to install and update than a game bought totally through digital" - Less tiem to install, yes, less time to update, absolutely not as the update needs to be downloaded and installed (updates/patches have been purely digital ever since the internet came about). "I like to display my collection on my bookshelf" - You'll grow out of that eventually, and when you do keeping discs loses its meaning. Its much easier to buy a 3tb external HD and store your entire collection there. "Like really whats the point of buying a game digitally if its the same price as a physical copy" - It's more convenient, its easier to buy and store. Not to mention digital stores never run out of stock. "Any version of a game by a major publisher thats sold digitally should automatically be 10 dollars or more less than its physical counterpart" - Because running several data centers around the world to offer those games to customers whenever they feel like buying has absolutely no costs right? Also security and integration with online payment services is free isn't it? A platform that stores account data for millions of people can't cost more than a couple of bucks to create and maintain right? Damn those greedy bastards. "So I can have all those games locked away on some account and never show them off" - Name one digital distribution service that locks games to an account other than Origin. Hint: there are none, only lack of information on your part about how they work. "Whos going to want to collect a comic book thats been infintely reproduced" - Everyone who collects comic books? just because its physical it doesnt mean production is highly limited, just because its digital it doesnt mean it can be infinitely reproduced (there are costs associated with digital reproduction which kids like you are completely ignorant about). "Otherwise whats the point in purchasing it, I might as well download it for free" - The point in purchasing something never changed, you purchase something because people put labor into creating it and that labor costs money. If no one purchases there is no feasible way to do it. "So when a publisher puts out a major game digitally and not physically they are really shooting themselves in the foot because whereas i would have purchased it if it was physical, since its digital only I will wait until its like 10 dollars or less, or just download it." - Waiting until its on sale for $10 is fine and within the publishers expectations (you may not realize it but they profile their customers and make forecasts based on these profiles) pirating the game is not ok and your attitude, which is shared by so many, is the main reason piracy is having such a hard time lately. Companies will keep hunting down piracy sources such as TPB and eventually they will fall. Companies come and go and one thing they have in common is that they hate being cheated out of profit so pirates, who always have limited resources at their disposal, have an infinite number of enemies if they look ahead and some of those enemies have the power to reshape things such as laws and rules. tl;dr - You are an idiot living in a world of dreams.

tuckered out

I stopped buying physical copies of games a long time ago for the PC. I still have those 200CD wallets that are just full of pc games. It's ten times easier to get it digitally, and not to mention it can be pretty fast to download/install on steam. When my internet was godlike back in the day I could download team fortress 2 in about 15min. (11gbs).

I kinda understand the price thing

I get why the physical and digital prices are the same, It must cost a fortune to keep the servers running to allow gamers to download a game years after release but I still prefer the physical medium. Unfortunately I don't live in a real country (it's kinda third worldey) so our internet is overpriced and slow, I can download the occasional 2GB update (over a day or two) so downloading an entire game is simply not possible. And gaming online is not even an option, so I think the digital download model will be hampered by this. Also I like having a box for some sentimental reason or another.

"Why would anyone pay the

"Why would anyone pay the exact same price for a digital copy vs a physical one" - Because hosting and distributing files digitally also has costs. Funny how some kids mistify technology to the point where they believe it's free.

Really?

So the cost to download say 100,000(or more!) copies of a game is the same as shipping a physical copy of the game, not only locally but internationally? Personally I find such a belief mystifying!

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