If functionality and progress ruled the world THis wouldnt be a question. But unfortunately money does and gamestop doesn't make money, best buy doesn't make money, wal mart doesn't make money if you do it that way. Thats the only reason it isn't cheaper already lol
Can y'all (Playstation) please start making digital games cheaper than physical games. It makes no sense for a digital game to cost more than a physical copy. Plus this would lead to more and more people buying digital which would definitely be a plus for y'all. So it would be really awesome if y'all discount digital games. #discountdigital
They sell fewer games via digital. The profit margin doesn't allow them to, and the packaging and disc only takes up roughly $3.00 of the total cost. The other thing is they aren't competing retail vs. digital. It's the same product, the only thing that's different is the format. Since 75% of total game sales are on disc, they will not undercut retailers.
Digital games can definitely be cheaper than physical copies of the same game, depending on your timing. But, this also depends on where you look for your digital gaming. If you're doing all your shopping on the iPhone, Android phone, or something similar, then you may very well be able to snag a copy of one game on there for 99 cents whilst on the PlayStation Store the same game could be $5.99. If you look at the sales on the PlayStation Store this week, you might notice that Odin's Sphere has been reduced to $3.99 while the physical copy on Amazon is $17.99 today. That's a big difference, if you're looking for comparisons.
The PlayStation Store is not directly in competition with the likes of Amazon, Best Buy GameStop, Wal-Mart, Craigslist, or other such places that might score the winning goal of the right game for the right price that you want. The PlayStation Store is all digital, and developers are not going to jeopardize the money they could be making just because they're also based in the digital realm. If prices were cheaper then everyone would buy digital. What would happen then to the physical realm of gaming? No one would buy games physically anymore. Physical retailers compete with one another, but in the digital realm it's not exactly the same. Not everyone has an account on their Nintendo, Xbox, PlayStation, and PC platforms to go about a weekly shopping routine. What happens on the PlayStation Store is the same thing that's happening in the physical, real world that's out there. Except for the fact that there are still attractive offers every now and then depending on the games you're hoping to buy for less money.
what about the cost of distribution, shipping, advertising in all those retail locations. Digital games could be way cheaper and pay the develloper the same amount. It's gamestop and retail not liking it. Plus what about selling a used digital game (you can't) thats equity loss to the consumer thats not made up for. Although I bought FFIV digital it takes way to long to download Id rather go the store if its in stock.
Steam, Steam, Steam...
Has anyone noticed that STEAM (and other download services) seems to be one of the very few places you can pick up PC games at this point?
You know why?
Because cheaper digital prices on Steam has literally killed retail software sales.
People want this to happen with console games, too? Seriously?