Yesterday's launch of the 3DS eShop exclusive Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
raised an interesting debate. Many players, even Phoenix Wright fans, won't be purchasing the game because it's not available as a physical retail product. Dual Destinies
is a special case, since a downloadable release was the only way
Capcom would release the game in North America at all, but it highlights the ever-growing trend of downloadable games and how players feel about them.
Downloadable games are a bigger part of our industry every day. Steam has been selling AAA games for years on PC, you can buy full retail downloads on Xbox Live, PSN and the eShop, and both Sony and Microsoft are heavily pushing downloads on PS4 and Xbox One. So, we've put together a few polls about the subject to see how Joystiq readers feel. Do you buy downloadable games? Do you only buy them on one console? Do you buy smaller games but not AAA releases?
Place your votes after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. We'll discuss the results next week.
Do you buy downloadable games on PC?
|No way.||397 (15.9%)|
Do you buy downloadable games on consoles like Xbox, PS3 and Wii U?
|Sure do.||1827 (71.8%)|
Do you buy downloadable games on handhelds like 3DS and Vita?
|No thanks.||897 (37.7%)|
If you don't buy downloadable games, why?
|I like having a physical product.||704 (39.1%)|
|Memory cards / hard drives are expensive.||54 (3.0%)|
|My games might not transfer to the next platform.||132 (7.3%)|
|If Steam, Xbox Live, PSN or the eShop ever shut down, my games might be gone forever.||220 (12.2%)|
|The downloadable version should be cheaper than retail.||690 (38.3%)|