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Save Money With Vita Downloadable Games

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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!

9 Comments

Gamescook said:

Some comparison tests between digital and retail copies of Uncharted: Golden Abyss have shown that the game actually loads more slowly when played off of the memory stick rather than the game card itself.

Bill said:

I'm of the old fashioned vein. I like to physically own my games, as in have a physical copy. I have some PSOne/N64 games, but still own the originals. I have 3 or 4 new games but that's it. Of course I have the free 3DS games for early owners, but I own & still have a little more than half of the titles lol I basically only got them because they were free. That & to not have to take my cartridges with me, for the Advance games that is.

Rosa said:

I'll probably do a mix.

I like my shit digital in some cases -- books, for example, I'm a big reader and ebooks make me bare my teeth -- but, like music, I'm not too picky about it with games. There are a LOT of games that I definitely want to personally own, but the convenience of just buying something and being playing it in an hour without ever having to leave the house is very tempting. Especially since I live in the country.

Big releases that I have a lot of personal investment in? Definitely want physical copies. They're like collectors items. But smaller releases that I'm not as passionate about? Digital for sure.

Brian said:

Sony just posted a 2 billion loss. I really worry about this devices future. Kaz must start trimming the fat.

Rosa said:

Man, I like my shit PHYSICAL* in some cases. Way to make your entire argument indecipherable, Rosa.

bourgtai said:

The digital download game does absolute wonders for lending friends your things. I downloaded Newest Shooting-Packed First Person Corridor Game for Popular Console, and my friend saw it and was like, "dude, can I borrow that when you're done?" and I was like, "sure man. I'll email it to you."

Maverynthia said:

Pfft $10? Nooo, I won't pay more than $10 for downloaded game considering I can't get a return on my investment. I feel modern games are WAAAAY overpriced as it is.

CC said:

So after a month when the retail price drops $15, the digital version costs more?

Somehow I don't think they are going to be adjusting the digital prices to market value.

You can also actually sell a physical game to someone else if you want to.

Cody Shiranai said:

So, it's a little cheaper to download the game, but THEN you need the room and thus have to buy the BIGGER MORE EXPENSIVE CARDS which also doesn't leave you room then for all those movies and music they are expecting you to buy the device for (else, it's just a pure gaming device and you wasted your money).


Or... you can buy the "more expensive" physical media and have the room on your card for other things seeing as you bought the system for more than just games. Seems like each way you go, the math isn't adding up to that 250-300 price tag Sony was so happy to tout when people complained about 250 being too much for the 3DS.

BTW-- With all this downloading business, remember what happens if you are on 3G doing this. If you're paying 30 a month to AT&T for 3 GB a month and you download Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 or that Uncharted game, you just used up over HALF your allotment for the month and you know what you will be charged for every bit of data you go over... So you'll be stuck BUYING physical media anyway, because it will be cheaper and LESS RESTRICTIVE in the long run. OH and if you say you will download only on Wifi, WHY DID YOU BUY THE 3G model?! For Facebook?

Your Facebook Status should then read: "I bought a 3G Sony Vita just to post this. I'm clearly retarded."

Also, if the chain of though that you can use third party of subvert Sony's pricing of Memory Stick and such... doesn't that same logic apply to buying your physical media from places you KNOW will drop the price soon after or even early to undercut while the digital version will be price controlled by Sony for the most part and price cuts won't come as soon as you would want anyway. Even brick and mortar stores can and will set their own prices and discounts to seduce you to buy with them and not digital anyway. So that means digital WOULDN'T be cheaper, just more restrictive for the so-called CONVENIENCE.


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