Besides being able to play it on more than one console at the same time to a lmited extent, I don't see real reasons to go "digital" instead of disc.
As far as having to go to the store to get a disc, you are either:
- Close to the store, and can get there, back and install the game in less time than it takes to download the game.
- Far away from the store, in which case you can order from Amazon (or any online retailer), and even get "release day" or expedited shipping for less than what you spend on gas to get to the store. You won't be spending the driving time either.
There are real benefits to going the "physical" route:
- With the disc, it is only seconds or at most a few minutes before you are playing the game on initial install, or if you have to reinstall. With "digital" it will be hour(s) before you are playing the game .
- You can lend, trade, and resell the disc when you are done with the game. (Preventing this is the big reason game publishers want a shift to a "digital" future.)
- You are not at the mercy of the "cloud" for permanant access to that game.
When I bought the PS4 digital copy of ACIV, I was playing within 5-10 minutes of making the purchase. With the PS4, only a portion of the game needs to download before it becomes playable. The rest of the game downloads and installs while you play.
Not sure that works with all games, but most should work this way.
Both has pros and cons. I prefer hard over digiital. You can have them for your collection or always sell or trade them. I always put the 2 dollar warranty on most games though. Last problem I had was back in highschool when i use to let friends borrow games lol. But now i never had a problem and my games never get a scratch/ well taken care off.
I only go digital if its some indie game in the PS store.
I have a 750 GB HDD, and I never run out of space, considering I store games, videos, music, pics.
So it happens there are games for me I don't really feel like playing for a long long time, so I simply delete those - and I always have free space this way.
My reasons for digital:
- my game library extends
- discs arent piling up
and the main one:
- with 2 activations I can always share one with my friend who wants to play the game I own, if he is not sure its worth buying for him.
Why would anyone buy digital copies of store available games?
Convenience is the primary benefit for digital, but to go a little in depth:
- No need to get up and swap discs when changing from one game to another
- Playable on two consoles simultaneously
- No tax (depending on region)
- Often times, games are available to download before the games is released. This allows the game to be played the second it is officially released, via a small unlock update.
- No need to drive to a store just to pick up a game. Content can be purchased directly from a console, from a PC, from a smartphone, or any other device with a web browser (and instructed to begin downloading without needing to be home).
- Digital content is never out of stock
- Digital stores are open 24/7 (and rarely go down for extended periods of time)
- Faster than shipping*
- While using a PS3/PS4/etc away from home, you can download any of your content without being required to lug a case of CDs around*
- No need to have a large collection of discs taking up space
- Digital content cannot be lost, damaged, or stolen
- Potential performance advantage
- Digital stores carry older games which may otherwise be difficult to locate in a brick and mortar store
- Occasionally, digital games will be offered free-of-charge after sales have slowed, or during promotional periods
- Sony (and other retailers) often provide bonus PSN credit during promotional periods
- Reduces physical waste
These advantages do not come without disadvantages, of course. You must decide for yourself which factors are most important.
*A reliable 8 Mb connection takes about a half a day to download 40 GB. In this case, you can download nearly any game overnight. You should never be required to wait more than one day to complete a game download. This is not taking into account, some games can be played after a fraction of the game has been downloaded.
I prefer physical copies myself, but digital comes in handy. The only problem I have with digital is that prices don't go down like they do with physical copies of games.
I think people just like the ease of having the game already downloaded on their console and easy to access rather than chaning disks all the time. Although, I would never consider going digital unless the games became cheaper for digital versions.
I understand same price as store and not having to go there.
My quesiton is more because these games seem to take up ALOT of space (10GB for those that have discs so I assume digital is way more). With only 500GB, won't that fill up HDD fast and then you have to delete some of the games you purchased?
Maybe I'm wrong, but curious