Game news PlayStation Plus, Xbox Game Pass… I prefer to buy my games digitally, even if they run the risk of disappearing
In 2021 in France, the share of dematerialized software revenue was 82%, all media combined, compared to 18% for physical software (SELL). I am part of this majority who prefer to buy their games in dematerialized version. Here’s why.
As this article is an opinion piece, it is inherently subjective. The author’s opinion is personal and is not representative of the rest of Jeuxvideo.com’s writing.
I prefer to buy my games in dematerialized version. If a physical copy of a title I fancy is placed in front of my eyes, along with a key of the same title, I shamelessly choose the key. The list of benefits is huge in my opinion. The box may be a purchase criterion for some, but for me the dematerialized solution perfectly fulfills my personal problems. To each his own. I have great respect for these dedicated and seasoned collectors who still come alive today to collect their games, luckily there are still some. I have absolutely nothing against shops either, I hope they will continue to exist, but I don’t want to clutter up my small living space with plastic packaging that gathers dust in a matter of days. When you live in the Paris region, it is also important to save space. 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 watching all my cumulative acquisitions scroll gives me a delicious pleasure and is enough to satisfy me.
The easy purchase
In general, I like the fast, intuitive and lazy shopping. I mostly order everything online, rent my movies and have my food delivered. Of course, the same rule applies to games for me. No need to browse the shelves of Fnac on a Saturday afternoon below 40 degrees to choose my next title, I just need to consult the suggestions of Steam and add them to my basket with a single click. I’m lazy at this point. Let’s not even talk about Game Pass, which gives me the crazy ability to test hundreds of titles that I see fit for a fixed price. This is the natural evolution of the market. And of course there is the argument for the price: sales are much more frequent on my online stores and much more significant. Well, of course, that’s not to mention used physical games. This is also one of the strengths of the physical in my opinion: to have the possibility to resell your game after finishing 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 wandering around the local Micromania. Online, no inventory or seniority issues! Just sharing made easy. Still on Steam, just enable Family Sharing and you’re done. No need to lend his copy of the game to his friend and wonder if he’ll end up giving it back to us one day. What causes you some anxiety.
So of course the question arises about the possible disappearance of my file. The situation has already arisen recently with Sony films in e.g. Austria. It’s a risk I take. In my personal case, I’m much more able to use a CD than see my game deleted from my library. I’m not even talking about the risk of theft or scratches. My digital game, I can take it with me everywhere without having to think about it and without ever risking losing it. And finally, needless to say, with démat ‘, we use less plastic and that their environmental impact is lower than physical games. Everything is said.