Digital Vita Games 40% Cheaper Than Physical Versions?
If you're not adapting to the digital world, you're lagging behind. Worse, you won't be able to save some bucks...
According to Thrifty Nerd, citing the Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge, VA as a source, digital copies of games for the PlayStation Vita will cost less than their physical counterparts.
A third-party Sony representative (not internal, mind you), apparently confirmed that the new portable's downloadable versions would cost less than the ones sold at retail. In fact, he said the difference in price would be very significant: as much as 40%. Right now, the digital versions of games in Japan are showing about a 20% price difference, which seems more realistic. Either way, it seems all major regions will reward those who would rather just download the game, rather than drive to the store and pick up the physical copy.
Don't be surprised to see something similar happen with consoles in the future. It simply costs less to deliver the game digitally, and when it comes to cutting costs in the new generation, digital may be the answer for a great many developers, publishers, and manufacturers. ...despite the fact that I will always want my physical library.
12/5/2011 12:00:45 PM Ben Dutka