Don't look now, but the digital revolution is upon us.

As more and more people opt for downloadable versions of games, the industry continues to shift in that direction. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced a new PSN Day 1 Digital program, which will bring some of the year's biggest games to the PlayStation Network on the same day they hit store shelves in brick-and-mortar stores.

As of October 2, those with PSN accounts can log onto the Store and pre-order select titles before they arrive. When they do become available, they can be downloaded for the same retail prices we see in the shops. Furthermore, Plus members receive 10% off. As for the titles in question, they don't get much bigger-

As I said, some seriously huge titles there. Said SCEA Senior Director of PlayStation Digital Platforms Jack Buser:

"PSN gamers have been ecstatic with recent day-and-date digital launches of AAA games like Mass Effect 3 and Borderlands 2. Our upcoming ‘PSN Day 1 Digital’ lineup in October is exceptional and demonstrates our commitment to delivering the best games to the devoted PlayStation community as soon as they’re available. Additionally, with our new PlayStation 3 models on the horizon offering up to 500GB of storage, there’s never been a better time to experience PS3 games digitally through PSN.”"

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duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
8 years ago

Well Ill stick to gamestop with my RE6 preorder since its not getting any discount on PSN.. but as for my Mot Wanted preorder.. guess ill be cancelling that at gamestop and switching it to psn heh.. Ill save a whole 11 bucks (6 bucks off plus the extra 5 bucks Id have paid for tax)

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

This is the ultimate test. I think Sony is testing us. If there are many downloads upons years of data, then we will go the digital route. This is the beginning of the digital era (for gaming).

Qubex
Qubex
8 years ago

Agreed, especially as they formulate their PS4 strategy and how to retail/distribute games for the machine in the future.

I still think though different territories will change/evolve at different speeds. In the developing world I still expect brick and motor to rule far longer then they will in the 1st world.

I don't see GameStop around in 10 years time…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
8 years ago

Well done with the discounts on D1 for Plus members. If Sony can keep the prices competitive overtime (in a few months time drop the price $10 or $20 like Amazon does) then I'll be that much closer to being fully on board with the digital era.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

Meh…forget for a moment that you can already find those games for cheaper online. I think the fact that there is no pre-release date download feature is ridiculous.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

For anyone trying to figure out how Sony will make more money through PlayStation, this is the way. Each of the games sold this way generates the same sale value as a physical copy, but unlike the physical copy, 60% of the sale does not go to distribution and retail (though some % will go to Sony for their PSN distribution channel), and there is no disc manufacturing cost for the publisher. So each sale made on PSN is much, much, more valuable to the publisher and Sony alike.

Might have to consider Most Wanted with that discount….


Last edited by TheHighlander on 9/25/2012 5:28:02 PM

kraygen
kraygen
8 years ago

In all honesty isn't it still faster to get it from the store if you don't have to work that day? Store opens at say 9 or 10 you're home 30 minutes later and playing.

Buy it on psn it's probably uploaded mid afternoon and then you have to wait for 10GB worth of stuff to download.

I'm sticking with my hard copies.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

Yup, I can't believe they're using this format instead of the Steam approach (which has been done for years). I love having all my digital purchases already downloaded before the release date. It doesn't make sense to buy the game then wait for hours while it downloads.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

You're forgetting that Plus users can do pre-orders and the system delivers the game overnight upon release.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

I wasn't aware of that feature Highlander, that's certainly a step. If I understand the time frame you've given I'm still not going to be sitting down to play my new game at midnight unlike someone that drove to the store and picked it up.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

yah, the pre-download feature is awesome. This is something PC guys have had for a while and I was hoping PSN would pick up on it.

GameStop midnight releases BAH!

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
8 years ago

Incorrect HL even if you do preorder from the PS store you dont get the game until the store actually updates

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

I said upon release. The store needs to update for the release to occur. I did not say that it was timed by timezone to match the midnight release at retail in every timezone. It's simply a feature of Plus that let's you pre-order at a discount and have the game delivered digitally as soon as PS Store has it. Actually, Sony could deliver it early, their content management system has start and end dates for content activation. So they could deliver the game a week early with an activation start date that matches the physical release and an open activation end date since it's a permanent purchase.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

I.. I… caved. DOA5 is downloading now. I can't deny Team Ninja!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Haha, good for you. My copy should arrive in a couple days, hope they didn't drop the ball.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

you amazon, or something?
When I did GT5 and inFamous 2 through them I got it day 1. Granted, it took until like 7pm, but I got them ūüėČ

I'm happy DOA5 is only 5.6gb
I suppose there isn't a bunch of hi def FMV or something.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

yeah Amazon, they usually have free day 1 shipping but not this time and I ain't paying 8 extra bucks.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

As for the digital revolution..

*a robed and hooded man sitting in his throne high above society gazes from behind the veil of shadow. The slit from a midst the firmament of darkness reveals a chilling grimace of ivory whites. *

"good… GOOoooooooood. everything Is proceeding as I have forseen it"

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
8 years ago

For fighting, sports, and racing games, having it digitally on the hard drive is a definite must in my book! No having to pop out Uncharted (or whatever game is the current flavour of the month) when I just want to go a few rounds in Street Fighter or something.

But for the other genres, I like a disc. Because when I'm done with them, I usually don't go back to them often and I can put them on the shelf where they won't take up precious space on my hard drive.

Now, if PSN would only offer pre-order bonuses like Amazon and other retailers.

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

I was hoping digital distribution would give us cheaper options. It's a bit unfair considering all the money they save.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Full price eh? Ripoff city.

Draguss
Draguss
8 years ago

*Compares stack of PS3 games with huge stack of PS2 games* Nope, still not large enough. I'll stick with discs for now.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

Same here, I have less than 1/2 the PS3 games compared to my PS2 games.

But I have more PS1 games than in any of my other Playstation collections…..

PS1 – 572 games
PS2 – 486 games
PS3 – 199 games
PSP – 102 games(plus another 28 movies & music videos)
Vita – 3 games

I actually have more Playstation 3 games than that. But as a gaming collector, I never factor into the total equation, all the downloadable-only games that I've also bought too(probably around another 45-50 games).


Last edited by BikerSaint on 9/25/2012 10:50:29 PM

dmiitrie
dmiitrie
8 years ago

It's about time. I understand that lots of people still want discs and they should always be able to buy them, but it's been ridiculous that those of us who prefer digital haven't been able to get the games we want in our preferred format before now. I only hope that Sony will eventually release ALL games on the PSN at launch and will utilize more Steam-like features, including (but not limited to) daily and weekly specials and per-downloads. This is a really good first step, at least.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Now *THIS* right here is why I am against digital distribution.
They take away disc and cover and all collector values, my freedom as a consumer to let my friends borrow my games or trade with each other, take away the feeling of physically owning something, my opportunity to dig in bargain bins or go price hunting on online retailers… for what? NOTHING. Not a damn thing.

Now I have to PAY a yearly membership in order to get a few percent off the retail price and download the thing myself? Getouttahere. What do you think will happen the day there is no physical distribution alternative whatsoever?

This is the consequence of letting a monopolistic marketplace take over. And it is much, much worse than having to download the files in itself, installing a large hard drive or having a requirement of always be online. I can live with all that. But I do NOT like this.


Last edited by Beamboom on 9/26/2012 4:22:32 AM

LowKey
LowKey
8 years ago

It's a stuipid idea. As PS store doesnt update till about 6 pm every tuesday. So it's kind of not fair to those that pre order DD copies that they still have to wait all day whle everyone else who bought the physical media gets a headstart. Like I said DD is unfair and nothing but trouble.

LowKey
LowKey
8 years ago

See now y'all got me started again, This is a very touchy subject for me. Having to pay monthly for internet with only a certain amount of bandwidth then having to worry about how you use that limited bandwidth. So Devs like EA who are pushing for it can suck a lemon.

___________
___________
8 years ago

not really worth it.
save 15 bucks now but you loose, what, 30 bucks down the track?
if $ony ends up putting these games on the AU store for 50 bucks than id be worth it, because new releases normally trade for that.
so your not really loosing anything.
but if its only going to be 20 or so cheaper, than whats the point?
ok if your going to keep the game, but if you just want to finish it once than sell it?

i find it really hard to believe that manufacturing, material, and transport costs is only fifteen freaking bucks for each copy too!
so pathetic how manufactures are pushing DD, but there really not pushing it in a sense.
if you want something to do well you have to give it advantages, not disadvantages!
im sorry but your going to have to give me a hell of allot more than a 20 or so dollar discount to get me to download my games!

Zeronoz
Zeronoz
8 years ago

Honestly, its a good offer and the discounts made it better…If every major titles is getting a 10% (Or more) discount, AWESOME!

Despite me saying that, with my country`s faster than a snail internet connection I doubt I`d be downloading GBs of games. Heck, it even took me days to finish downloading WotS4…

Ydobon
Ydobon
8 years ago

I could have swear at one point that people were saying they would make digital versions cheaper. Other than that, wth is the point of getting it now?

jugheadjones
jugheadjones
8 years ago

It's the same rational as the self-checkout at Walmart. You wait on yourself, cash yourself out and bag it yourself. You have to struggle getting the scanner to scan difficult packages. If there's a problem, you have to wait for someone to come clear the system, rather than an experienced cashier taking care of it themselves, without needing to wait for help. With all of that, they save a lot of money on payroll and you pay the same price, while being a "part-time employee" of the store. Either way you look at it, it's a ripoff of the consumer. I have downloaded some digital music, movies and games, but that has been after the prices were discounted. I do usually pay full price on physical media because I understand the costs associated. I worked in stores for 20 years. For digital, I will never pay the physical version's SRP.