More and more gaming platforms are starting to offer gamers the option of simply downloading their games to their console hard drives. To most people this option sounds great; it eliminates the clutter of game cases lying around everywhere and allows your game to always stay clean of scratches and possibly becoming unplayable. What could possibly be the con of having a digital game? There are plenty of disadvantages to the digital copy of the game; they are also plenty of cons to owning the physical copies of the game as well. Digital copies are limited to the console they are downloaded on and take a while to download, as well as being non-transferable if anything were to ever happen to your console. While physical copies can get scratches and make them unreadable. There are pros and cons to both forms of game copies that need to be considered before any serious gamer makes their final purchase for any platform.
Digital games come with many advantages for the gamer. One being that the clutter of having game cases scattered about your living room or bedroom. The space the game would take up on your hard drive isn’t noticeable to your dinner party guests. Another advantage to having digital copies of your games is that they are guaranteed to be backwards compatible on your system. If you download an Xbox game onto your Xbox 360 you can be assured that the system will read and play the game just fine on its own. Digital games will also always be readable by the system you download them onto, there is no being careful not to scratch these games, and your mind can rest at ease knowing that your game will never be in danger of being unreadable.
Unfortunately there are some downsides to digital copies of your game. Digital games are only available on the console you download them onto. Meaning if you were to log into your gaming account at a friends house you still wouldn’t be able to download any game that you have bought and saved to your hard drive. And even further with this issue is the fact that if your gaming console were to ever crash and not work any more then all of your games would be lost. In order to have the games you had on your hard drive again you would need to repurchase them. That can not only be expensive but extremely frustrating when you have a vast gaming collection. Another issue with digital games is that they take a while to download onto your system. Depending on the size of the game you are trying to download you could be waiting for up to an hour to play your game.
Physical copies of games come with an array of advantages for gamers. One of these advantages is that you can have instant game play. Instead of having to wait for your games to download, which could take up to an hour to do, all you need to do is pop the game into your system and you are good to go. This is an awesome advantage for the impatient. Another advantage of physical copies is that even if your console were to red ring or crash on you for whatever reason there would be no need to have to rebuy any of the games in your collection. Unlike digital copies that are linked to your hard drive, physical copies are self-sustaining as long as you keep them in good condition. Physical games are also transferable between people and places. Game Stop is a definite advantage to buying physical copies of games. While digital games can still be priced to upwards of fifty dollars per game, used physical copies of games are available to players at a wide array of prices, some even being as low as two dollars. There’s no need to break the bank when looking for used games when there are so many different options for purchasing them.