• PC Game Digital Sales Have Now Outpaced Physical Sales

    Well there you have it: digital sales have outpaced physical sales. For PC games, that is. According to the all-seeing, all-knowing NPD Group, there were 11.7 million digital sales of PC games during the first half of 2010. That compares to 8.2 million physical sales. Clearly Steam and others like it are on the right track.
    Whatís perhaps just as interesting is that, even though there were more digital sales, physical sales still made publishers more money. Physical sales brought in 57 percent more money than their digital counterparts. Thatís probably because youíll pay more for a PC game at a retail store than you would from a digital distribution service.

    It may also have something to do with the fact that you can buy an incredible number of games from those Steam sales for very, very little money. (You could also buy old games digitally in Good Old Games, but that site has mysteriously shut down. Wonderful.)
    But look at it from someone like idís perspective. Are you going to be able to walk into a store in 2010 and find a copy of Quake or Doom 3 on the shelves? No, of course not, So thatís zero dollars for id. Now, they can offer Quake on Steam for $10, and have a whole bunch of people say, ďOh, hey, Quake, Iíve been meaning to play that; I only had an N64 when it first came out. Let me buy that right now.Ē Easy money for id.
    Conversely, look at the PSP Go and the PlayStation Network as a whole. I wanted to buy the PSP remake of Lunar the other day (go ahead, laugh; I get a JRPG itch every so often), then I saw that itís $40. Seriously, Sony, $40 for a 17-year-old game, even if it is a remake? (Never mind the fact that itíll take all day to download over a PSP Goís 802.11b connection!) Itís like, do you think you could maybe try to sell me a 17-year-old game for, I donít know, maybe $10 instead of $40? Itís not like you have to print manuals or pay shipping costs when I download from PSN. Thereís literally no reason why a game should cost the same on PSN as it does in Wal-Mart or whatever.

    Source: CrunchGear

    Source: Gamasutra
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      I guess a lot of this is the big offers STEAM give. I can almost always find newer games cheaper on disc compared to STEAM though
    1. wren210's Avatar
      wren210 -
      i agree with duke plus i prefer to own the games on disk
    1. Tarom's Avatar
      Tarom -
      I dont like owning games on disks coz 3 or 4 years down the line I keep wondering should I throw away the game (disk, box etc) or keep it? And it ends up being everywhere with manuals, CD keys or/and disks missing eventually. With steam all is orderly, no boxes around and I dont have to go through the hassle of looking for patches ...
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      I completely agree with you Tarom but when it comes to cost, if the game is cheaper on disc which is usually the case with new releases then needs must lol. Personally I would have thought digital download would always be cheaper (no delivery cost, disc cost, packaging cost, warehouse costs, staff handling costs, etc) but oddly not the case