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 web gross sales reached $three.034 billion, which equates to a 20 p.c enhance over the earlier 12 months and 61 p.c of whole web gross sales (which incorporates non-console platforms).
With EA now promoting extra digital than bodily video games, you will not be shocked 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 p.c of full-game downloads for the console video games trade will probably be above 40 p.c.
EA could not obtain that proportion itself because of the 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 notice. If this prediction finally ends up being appropriate and the pattern continues, it will not be lengthy earlier than it strikes above 50 p.c. At that time, bodily recreation releases will possible decline quickly. They’re, in any case, dearer for a writer than the identical recreation in obtain kind.
Video games retailers will definitely not be completely satisfied about this pattern as it would in the end imply fewer video games for them to promote and no apparent solution to react. Long term, this pattern is certain to affect the choices Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo make. If digital gross sales are nicely above 50 p.c by the point the PlayStation 5 arrives, what’s going to that imply? Might we get a 10TB hard drive and no Blu-ray, for instance?