The digital download path is one that is full of cracks, bumps and weeds when it comes to getting through to console owners. Whilst services such as Steam thrive and flourish on the PC, there has been no such breakthrough for our beloved Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo devices.
It seems console owners really do love their boxed products. Even the loss of the much maligned UMD was criticised when Sony unleashed the PSPgo onto the public.
A survey of over 1,000 people by research firm Ipsos MediaCT found that 64 per cent preferred physical discs for their games over digital copies. In all honesty we are surprised the figure was that low.
The reasons for the rejection of digital download are numerous. Many gamers have been brought up with boxed games, and as such have fond memories of them. Digital downloads are – dare we say it – a touch soulless. There is no anticipation on the bus ride home with game in hand; there is no cursory glance at the instruction manual before deciding you know how to play the game already.
Factor in the loss of trade in value, and the generally high price of digital downloads, and it’s clear to see why the boxed product has a place in our hearts.
With giants such as SEGA backing digital downloads we have no doubt they will become the norm – but will it be this generation?