Beginning Of The End For Retail Gaming Releases?

Posted by on March 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Sure, the PSP’s been doing it for a while, but who cares about the PSP? And sure, the PC’s been doing it for a while, but everyone’s pirating their games or playing World of Warcraft. But with the NGP doing it — Sony’s promising next-gen portable that looks to shatter many of the reasons they’ve flubbed up with the PSP in the past — we see a redeemed effort to dislodge retail from holding back The Future Of Purchasing Games. Sony recently announced that when titles release at retail for their Next Generation Portable, they’ll release digitally on the same day. This obviously had some fight back from retail, who are trying to hold onto retail sales as long as possible and, in the recent case of Best Buy and the thrilling example of Gamestop, maintain a second-hand market for games as well. I could go on for days about how the industry’s conversion to full day-and-date physical and digital releases across all platforms will be better for all gamers (that’ll be another article), but this bodes well for the vision of a disc-less gaming future.

Source: Joystiq

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