The digital vs. physical media debate rages onward and here at PSXE, we've often discussed the possibility of the disappearance of disc-based games. We don't like it and most readers don't.
But as services like the PlayStation Network continue to expand at a rapid rate and bigger games are available via download, the digital age is here, like it or not. However, that doesn't mean traditional boxed games are going to die out any time soon. That's the opinion of EA COO Peter Moore. He spoke to GameSpot about a variety of subjects, including the hit-driven market and the aforementioned debate. When asked if he thought disc-based media was "done for," Moore responded:
"I don't think it's done for. And you're right that it's starting to decline, but not massively. This is not 20-30 percent per year. This is not the music industry, which went in about two years from a powerful CD-based business to quite frankly one that was about digital downloads. Retail around the world and particularly in the UK has learned the lessons of music. They play a very important role still in bringing consumers in and educating consumers. And most importantly, they've embraced digital. If you go into any major game specialty retailer, whether it's Game in the UK or GameStop in the United States, you see the ability to buy digital download cards–what we call poster cards–that are a major part of the revenue now. They have figured out how to play in this eco-system."
He went on to say that millions of discs are still sold every year, and so many digital sales "springboard" off those discs. Therefore, Moore believes it's a "nice blending," although he admits that the traditional approach will continue to decline. Whether or not it will die out completely remains to be seen…or does it? Perhaps it's inevitable.