Gamers have preferences in buying video games. Some prefer the old but good method of collecting physical games, while others prefer buying digital games online. There is also a debate on which is better, but in this article, you will learn the pros and cons of each team (physical vs. digital games) and decide which side you will take. Here it goes!
Have a Room or Collection of Your Games Library
This is one of the main reasons why lots of gamers prefer keeping and collecting physical games. If you are collector, then no doubt you belong to team physical. Being able to stare at your prized collection is the ultimate reward of hunting those hard-to-find and ultra-rare games.
Flexibility and Resale
If you finish the game and want to turn it into money to buy another game, physical games can be sold or traded in the marketplace. You can also sell the game for a higher price based on its rarity. Many games were extremely expensive at the time of their release, but they are now so cheap that you can buy them for $2 (yes, seriously!). There are, however, some games that are mediocre or so-so but cost a fortune and may hurt your wallet! JRPGs are an example of this; while there are many great titles, there are also some that are average but considered a gem due to their rarity.
If you’re on a budget and your friend has a game you want to play, you have an option to swap your game with a friend. You can share and enjoy more games without the additional cost of buying one. Or you can trade-in your current game and pay for the price difference. That’s pretty sweet isn’t it? You can enjoy and experience other games at a very minimal cost, or sometimes you get to earn a few bucks if your game has higher value than the game you wish to trade.
Because of many factors to create a game, physical games are more expensive than digital games. You have to factor the manufacturing costs, materials, printing, shipping, taxes, etc. These factors contribute to the amount of the game you wish to buy.
A good solution to this is buying second hand games. Although you won’t be able to play the games on the release date, you will save lots of money. Just be careful and make sure to inspect the quality of the game you’re buying.
Collecting Games Takes Space
The game’s case and DVD are prone to deterioration and damage over time. Collecting physical video games takes up space and is unsuitable if the gamer has limited space at home. You also need to invest in a shelf and periodically clean so you can maintain its quality.
Physical Games are NOT Environment-friendly
The process of creating a game uses materials and resources.
Buying Games may Cost you More when Buying in Stores Located inside Malls
Although there is an option to buy it online, some gamers prefer to buy it face to face instead of having it shipped to their homes.
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This concludes the details on team physical on the physical vs digital games match. Are you ready for the next team? Here goes!
Digital games are cheaper and have many great deals.
Digital stores like PlayStation are always on sale. They have monthly promos, and you can get old games (sometimes it’s the Game of the Year edition) for a terrific deal.
Digital games do not take up physical space, suitable for gamers who prefer a minimalistic setup. You also don’t need to worry about the deterioration of the case and the quality of the DVD.
Convenience in buying and playing
You can buy, download and play immediately. No need to go to the store or order online and wait for days to receive the delivery.
You can buy the game anytime without worrying about being out of stock.
PlayStation store offers PS Plus and PS Now, which is great because for a low price, you can subscribe and gain access to the vast library of their collection, and you play all you can! Microsoft XBOX, too, offers subscriptions like XBOX Live Gold membership. For Nintendo, they have Nintendo Switch Online subscription too!
Cannot Touch or Feel the Game
You can only stare at the game title when your console is turned on or browsing the app like PlayStation app on your mobile device.
You Cannot Sell or Trade Digital Games
Unless you share your account with others which is against the rules and may get you banned, you cannot sell or exchange digital games.
Download Size Concerns
This issue applies to homes with limited/slow internet connections. Downloading the game takes time before you can play. For physical games, you can insert the disc and play instantly. Sometimes you need to download an update, but you can play it immediately.
The Game is Limited to the Account you are Using
If something happens to your online account, like being hacked, you forgot your password and locked the account, or worst case, was banned – your game goes away with it.
You Have Unlimited Access but Does not ENTIRELY Own the Game
There are rare cases when the game company closes and decides to remove its game from the digital store library. The game will also get deleted from your list, and you won’t be able to play it in the future even though you bought it. No refunds will happen either.
No doubt, the winner of the physical vs digital games match is… TEAM DIGITAL. The factor that made buying digital items the winner is the online subscriptions. For a modest fee, you open your possibilities to their servers of games which saves you money, time, and effort trying to find and collect the games one by one.
Regardless of which team you prefer, it is PERFECTLY OKAY. In my case, I am in the middle. I have more than a hundred physical games in my collection, and I also subscribed to PS Plus Premium. That’s why I also enjoy the best of both worlds.
As long as you are having a great time playing and enjoying your life, then that is what’s important. Good thing we have a growing compilation of video games for free! Check out our walkthrough and boss fight sections.
So, which team are you on? Are you team physical? Digital? Or like me, in between, and enjoying both perks? Let me know by typing in the comments section below.