As fellow travelers on the great cyber-plane know, there's some well-warranted annoyance at the thought of identical pricing for both physical and digital copies of video games. It's a simple notion: With the costs of manufacturing, shipping, and printing eliminated, savings should be passed on to the consumer. After all, the refrain "costs will be passed along to the consumer" is echoed every time something threatens a company's bottom line (i.e. taxes and non-prison labor), and as a matter of fairness (hold your chuckling), the corporate world should reward lower-cost customers with lower prices.
Luckily, this has come to pass in Japan, where digital downloads of Vita titles are roughly $10 cheaper than their rectangular, physical counterparts. Now, it seems that those of us on this side of the pond shall share in the spoils of Capital. Game Informer recently quoted an SCEA representative, who confirmed that "there will be a discount," on digital downloads; however, the representative refused to give an exact price, stating only that details are forthcoming.
I've always had a love-hate relationship with this "downloadable" bother: On the one hand, I like the idea of the PSN having all my games backed up; unfortunately, retrieving said games becomes somewhat of an ordeal, given the time spent downloading said title - call me old fashioned, but I enjoy the simple task of popping a game into my console - and limited space, particularly Vita games being quite a bit larger than their PSP counterparts.
So what do you think, gamers? Does the prospect of a discount make you any more inclined (assuming you're presently disinclined) to go the digital download route, or will you, like your humble and obedient servant, stick with your old man ways (seriously, get the f**k off my lawn) and resists the charms of Lady Modernity? Sound off in the comments section below!