Now video game systems along with the technology that supports them have advanced to the point where we have another option – Digital Copies. These digital copies are downloaded directly to your video game console and allow you to play the game just as you would with a physical copy of the game.
So what type of copy (physical or digital) should you buy when you purchase your next video game? Is one type better than the other?
Physical copies and digital copies both have their own advantages and drawbacks. So we decided to examine this topic by taking a look at the pros and cons of each option. As part of this examination we are taking a look at this issue from the perspective of someone who wants to pre-order a video game that hasn’t been released yet.
If you are new to the world of gaming you might not be familiar with the concept of pre-ordering games. You can read more about what pre-ordering of video games is here.
So let’s begin.
The traditional way for pre-ordering a video game has been to go to your local video game retailer and purchasing the game ahead of time. Then on the day the game is released you can go to the store and pick up a physical video game disc or cartridge.
Some retailers might give you a few dollars off the game if you preorder or might even give you some sort of extras or bonuses for pre-ordering.
Digital copies of video games are downloaded onto your video game system or associated storage device.
If you pre-order a digital copy of a video game you will either be able to download a copy immediately (being able to play it once the game is officially released) or download the game at the moment it is officially released.
When deciding between Physical and Digital copies of video games it really comes down to what type of gamer/person you are.
If you buy a lot of games, finish playing them once, and then never play them again you will probably appreciate physical copies of video games. That way you will be able to sell them later and recoup some of your money to help you buy you more video games.
If you someone who likes to borrow games with your friends physical copies are the way you want to go. However, as for myself this isn’t such a big issue. More often you will find that you and your friends will all own a copy of the same games and play together online in multiplayer mode. Because of this the frequency of online gaming borrowing games to your friends is becoming less frequent for many people.
If you live in a small space and want to avoid clutter digital games will be a very attractive option.
Digital copies are also a great way to go if you like the convenience of downloading the games and not having to go to the store or wait in long lines.
If you don’t buy a lot of games and like to go back and play your old games you will probably be happy with both digital and physical copies. However, if you want the option of being able to sell the games late you will want to stick with physical copies.
Everyone is different and truth be told most of us will end up with a game library that is a combination of both digital and physical video game titles. That being said, one of them is probably a better fit for you than the other. Hopefully this article helped you decide which one is best for you.
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