As OP asked, 'what are your thoughts'
I'm not convinced on the idea, nor do I find myself all that interested, (no I haven't read the other replies)
I just feel that disc based gaming is more competitive as far as the 'cash in your pocket' goes, brand new titles, are x amount of money, they are that because stores compete for your cash as well as try to get the latest titles to the consumer, a digital copy, 'one could argue could be cheaper' as it negates the 'middle man' but for those who do not have great internet, they could be waiting until the following day for said purchase to complete downloading, (this is a valid concern for some, not all, I accept this fact)
And as far as older titles go, new consoles come with 500 gb hard drives
(at least in sony's case I know is user upgradeable, didn't follow the xbox topic so I will freely admit I do not know if it does or not, I'm sure someone here will put me right on this, and probably blast me for my ignorance, which is what normally happens)
That's great but what if the majority of users don't upgrade their hard drives and have a vast library? They'd have to uninstall games to make room for new ones, and in like me, you are the kind of person who goes back to older games bought earlier on in the year, you'd have to uninstall, redownload, install just to play it (this is where my slow and unstable internet arguement becomes valid) a user who suffers with bad internet would simply be frustrated to hell, all he/she wanted to do was play something because they felt nostalgic.
Then I have a concern about used titles, this is actually valid at least in the UK (As I'm from the UK I can only talk about the UK preowned market I'm sure user from their respective nations could give information on their used markets respectively) I can but a 3 week or even 3 year old title for a lot less than launch price as a used disc, but and I checked this, the same game (in this instance, need for speed most wanted)as a digital download one month after launch on sony was still full price, though they did lower the price soon after, but the point I guess I was trying to make in this regard was that the disc is quicker, cheaper, and available for when I want it.
As a consumer I'm sure we all want what we want, when we want it, afterall it is your money, you decide how to spend it, me personally, if I buy a new title, I want to play it asap, not wait 4 hours for a digital download.
Please forgive me if this has sounded off as a rant, this wasn't my intention, as I'm not a highly educated man I lack a certain eloquence, that readers and reporters here might be used to.
I fear the digital download could harm retail stores, maybe a full game as a disc, then offer the online multiplayer option as a code bought from the respective online store or given in a 'special edition' of the game like nfsmw or battlefield 3 for instance, 'just to meet you halfway')
Edited by Dushmany, 25 June 2013 - 09:32.