Game News PlayStation Plus, Xbox Game Pass… I prefer to buy my games digitally even if they risk disappearing
In 2021 in France, the share of turnover from dematerialized software was 82% all media combined, compared to 18% for physical software (SELL). I am part of this majority who prefers to buy their games in dematerialized version. Here’s why.
This article being a mood post, it is by nature subjective. The opinion of the author is personal and is not representative of that of the rest of the writing of Jeuxvideo.com.
I prefer to buy my games in dematerialized version. If a physical copy of a title I fancy is placed before my eyes, alongside a key of the same title, I shamelessly choose the key. The list of advantages is in my opinion enormous. The box may be a purchase criterion for some, but for me, the dematerialized solution perfectly meets my personal problems. Each his own. I have a lot of respect for these dedicated and seasoned collectors who still come alive today to pile up their games, fortunately some still exist. I have absolutely nothing against shops either, I hope they will continue to exist, but I don’t want to clutter my small living space with plastic packaging that will gather dust in just a few days. Moreover, when you live in the Paris region, saving space is essential. This is one of the first arguments that comes to mind when buying a digital game. Anyway, my collection, I can create it virtually on my Steam library. Scrolling through my list of games and seeing all my cumulative acquisitions scroll gives me a delectable pleasure and is enough to satisfy me.
The easy purchase
Overall I like the fast, intuitive and lazy shopping. I mostly order everything online, rent my movies and have my food delivered. Naturally, the same rule applies to games for me. No need to browse the shelves of Fnac on a Saturday afternoon under 40 degrees to select my next title, I just have to consult the suggestions made by Steam, and add them to my basket in one click. I’m lazy at this point. Let’s not even talk about the Game Pass which offers me the crazy possibility of testing hundreds of titles as I see fit at a fixed price. This is the natural evolution of the market. And of course, there is the argument of the price: the sales are much more frequent on my online stores and much more considerable. Well, that’s not to mention used physical games, of course. This is also one of the strong points of the physical in my opinion: having the possibility of reselling your game after having finished it, to invest in the next one.
So let’s not even talk about availability: I obviously have a much better chance of finding a digital copy of Pathologic HD than walking around the local Micromania. Online, no problem of stock or seniority! Just sharing is made easy. Still on Steam, just activate family sharing and you’re done. No need to lend his copy of the game to his friend wondering if he will end up giving it back to us one day. What cause you some anxiety.
So of course, the question of the possible disappearance of my file arises. The situation has already arisen recently with Sony films in Austria, for example. It’s a risk I take. In my personal case, I’m much more capable of palming a CD than seeing my game erased from my library. I’m not even talking about the risk of theft or scratches. My digital game, I can take it everywhere with me without even having to think about it and without ever risking losing it. And then finally, needless to say that with the démat ‘, we consume less plastic and that their environmental impact is lower than physical games. All is said.