As home quarantine becomes the new normal, more and more people are turning to video games to fill the many days they have to kill. So, what do you prefer, physical or digital video games? We analyse every pro and con in this article.
There’s nothing like relaxing in your game chair and escaping into a new and fantastic world, even if it’s just for a few hours. Have you ever thought about whether it’s better to buy physical or digital video games when you’re trying to decide what to buy and play next?
The gaming community has always been split down the middle on this. Some gamers like their games to be real, something they can hold, keep, and even collect. On the other hand, many gamers have moved into the digital age and like to keep their games on a hard drive or online so that they can download and manage them easily.
Both physical and digital video games have benefits that the other doesn’t have. What you like depends on what kind of gamer you are. We’ve made a list of the pros and cons of both kinds of games to help you decide which one to buy next.
Read on if you’re trying to decide whether to buy your next video game from Steam, the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Store, or the nearest video game store (after the quarantine, of course).
Physical Video Games
One of the best feelings in the world for people who collect video games is when they add a new, shiny case to their ever-growing collection. You can be proud of your collection and show it to everyone who comes to your house. It can be a great way to start a conversation. A Steam account with hundreds of games can’t be compared to a shelf full of video games.
The latest video games have great graphics and screen power, but that also means that their file sizes are now very large. If you have a slow internet connection at home, it can be really hard to download a video game and wait for it to finish.
Also, if you have a limit on how much data you can use on your internet connection each month, downloading 60GB games will use up a lot of it. Sometimes it may be faster and cheaper to go to a store to buy a physical copy.
Physical games are great if you want to play with family and friends and lend, give, or even trade your copy for a different game. If you want to get money to buy new games, you could also sell your physical copy.
Several video games have special deals for people who still buy physical copies, like memorabilia, premium casing, and game modes that can only be played by collectors. If you’re a huge fan of a certain video game, sometimes the best way to get a lot more content is to buy a physical copy instead of a digital one.
It’s great to be able to hold a game in your hands, but it’s also possible to lose or break the game for good. If you are not careful, a physical copy can get lost, stolen, scratched, or corrupted. On the other hand, digital copies are kept in the cloud, where they are safe from damage that can’t be fixed.
Digital video games
When it comes to ease of use, digital video games are the best. If you have a good internet connection, you can buy video games and start playing them right away, without even getting out of your chair. This is a really important point if you don’t live near any video game stores.
Physical games take up a lot of shelf space, which can be very annoying if you’re not a big collector. Also, physical copies are not the best if you move around a lot but still want access to your video game library. Digital games don’t take up any space (except maybe on your hard drive), and you can play them on any device that is connected to your account.
Even if a new video game is very popular, your local game store might not have it right away. If you want to be able to play something as soon as you get home, you should preorder a digital copy.
Even though some digital stores have good return policies, you can’t always get your money back if you don’t like the game. If you have a physical copy of your game, it’s easy to give it to someone else or sell it. This is much harder to do with digital copies because they might need access to your account before they can play the game.
There are other things to think about when buying games
Depending on where and how you buy them, you can get great deals on both physical and digital video games. Video game stores, both online and in person, have sales on their games often, so all you have to do is shop smart to find great games at the best prices.
You should also think about whether or not your video game is even available in the format you want. Many older games are still only available in boxed form because they haven’t been digitized, while some newer games, mostly from independent developers, are only available digitally.
At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong way to buy or play a video game. In reality, most gamers do a little bit of both, buying games for both their shelves and their computers. Whether you buy a physical copy of your favorite game or a digital one, you’re always sure to have a great time.