Why are digital copies more expensive than physical?

Discussion in 'Games and games consoles' started by __howdy__, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. __howdy__

    __howdy__ Winger

    I just preordered Red Dead 2, which is the first time I've preordered a game probably in a decade.

    It was 749kr for a digital download, in comparison to 549 for a physical copy. In English money thats give or take £15 cheaper to actually get a disc.

    Why is this?
  2. everstar

    everstar Winger

    because they can - I think
  3. nelford_safc

    nelford_safc Striker

    It’s called taking advantage of lazy bastards.
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  4. __howdy__

    __howdy__ Winger

    Aye but I'm still a lazy bastard. I ordered it to be mailed to my house.
  5. nelford_safc

    nelford_safc Striker

    I know. Some people can’t be arsed to even do that. Or trade/sell it afterwards.

    I agree they should be miles cheaper though.
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  6. Ultimate edition seems to be the same price.
  7. Because you can’t snap a digital copy :lol:
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  8. UTW

    UTW Midfield

    Isn't it not an agreement they have with the retail industry? As if the games were cheaper digitally it would pretty much end physical copies.

    Never buy digital at full price. The sales are always class though with the minimal overheads.
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  9. Roid

    Roid Winger

    Whee preorders new games? Prices are an absolute piss-take. Wait until the sales and they're at least 25% off.
  10. Most likely for midnight download on day of release. No waiting for the postman etc.

    Personally I prefer a physical copy as there's resale value.
  11. jedi_toaster

    jedi_toaster Winger

    People who want to play them as soon as they’re released? It’s hardly rocket science is it?
  12. Frijj

    Frijj Striker Contributor

    Not even kidding, I bought PES this year on digital download because last year I did snap the disc.

    I also went through about two pads.

    Digital download was great for me this year and cheaper than the shops. 49.99 on PSN, 54.99 in GAME. I also logged into my PS4 on my phone and told it to download whilst I was at work :cool:
  13. Aye when it's cheaper fine but not when it's £15 or more expensive.
  14. nelford_safc

    nelford_safc Striker

    It usually gets worse the older a game gets. Me and @Snappy got a physical copy of Ark for £20 when it was about 1 year old but still £45.99 on the store. We actually made a profit flogging it. Same with 7 days to die.
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  15. Lester1979

    Lester1979 Winger

    I only buy digital nowadays cause I gameshare with my 11 year old and it’s much cheaper than buying two physical copies.
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  16. Westoe SAFC

    Westoe SAFC Winger

    No brainer when this is your situation.
    All my current games are digital and I wouldn’t have it any other way for the sake of £10/£15.
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  17. Philcore

    Philcore Winger

    Everyone knows GAME charges full rrp. Everywhere else will be selling the same game for £45.

    Midnight download? You can normally download it a week or two before launch..
  18. safcsteve71

    safcsteve71 Central Defender

    first year ive bought both fifa and black ops digitally as I also used to buy 2 copies one for me and one for my kids
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  19. LondonMackem

    LondonMackem Winger

    I’m considering a digital copy as there’s no way I’m selling RDR2 :lol: prices look the same for the special edition.
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  20. I'm massively out dated on the way it is now then. Pre download and timed unlock I'm guessing?

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