Yesterday, Digital Arts reported its full 12 months monetary outcomes for the interval ending March 2017, they usually made for very constructive studying when it comes to downloaded video games. Digital internet gross sales reached $three.034 billion, which equates to a 20 % improve over the earlier 12 months and 61 % of complete internet gross sales (which incorporates non-console platforms).
With EA now promoting extra digital than bodily video games, you will not be stunned to listen to the corporate believes the console video games market as an entire is heading in the identical course. The prediction made by EA, as reported by Eurogamer, is that by the tip of 2017 over 40 % of full-game downloads for the console video games business might be above 40 %.
EA might not obtain that proportion itself as a result of types of games it sells on console and the markets it operates in, however the proof factors to downloads turning into preferable for lots of console homeowners.
Anybody who prefers to purchase bodily copies of video games take be aware. If this prediction finally ends up being appropriate and the development continues, it will not be lengthy earlier than it strikes above 50 %. At that time, bodily sport releases will probably decline quickly. They’re, in any case, costlier for a writer than the identical sport in obtain kind.
Video games retailers will definitely not be completely satisfied about this development as it should in the end imply fewer video games for them to promote and no apparent technique to react. Long run, this development is certain to affect the choices Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo make. If digital gross sales are nicely above 50 % by the point the PlayStation 5 arrives, what’s going to that imply? May we get a 10TB hard drive and no Blu-ray, for instance?