Why Do Digital Games Cost The Same As Retail Copies?

Video games are expensive. Always have, always will be. But why is digital no different? Falcon has something to say.
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  1. branden truck#135
    branden truck#135 says:

    I've never downloaded a digital copy so my question is, if I buy a digital copy from psn and decide to get a new Playstation can I transfer said games to a new console? also if that game is downloaded to a ps3 can it be transferred to a ps4?

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  2. dormdude
    dormdude says:

    To answer you starting question, THEY DON'T. The physical games in my experience always coast less. I've almost never seen them coast the same. In fact I always check the prices before buying a digital game just to see if I can get it cheaper at a local store and 99% of the time I can. And no I'm not talking about used games.The only reason I buy digital games is because I'm impatient and sometimes it's 10 at night and I've gotten myself hyped for something and i don't want to wait till tomorrow to play it. Plus you can't break a digital copy. I'm not sure if this is just something that happened in you local stores but I've lived in 3 different pretty large cities and I've maybe a few times ever seen them coast the same.

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  3. Bienenkauer
    Bienenkauer says:

    Wait wait wait, what are you talking about? I live in Germany and i can get any new game off a key-seller on the internet for around 40€ day-one, while i will have to pay 50€+ in stores for a physical copy (and that price does not decrease for MONTHS here, while the key-seller price starts dropping only like a month later).

    And just in case you are solely talking about the prices directly on steam or Origin or whatever and not the key-sellers, then just wtf, I know nobody who even does that (cause KEYSELLERS obviously). Of course they will leave the price on steam, origin, uplay high, because the few idiots who dont know better will pay it no matter what

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  4. pissedoffshithead POTATOHEAD
    pissedoffshithead POTATOHEAD says:

    ah to counter the price of a CD steam takes a cut for pc games but for PS and Xbox they have to maintain and HIRE PEOPLE TO FIX and to find ways to stop attacks on there servers (so they dont go down on xmass) also they have to buy there servers buy land to put there servers on pay for power really theirs a lot of things that up the price of the download meaning the price difference would be kinda close and if its close making it the same to keep hype seems logical

    theirs to many variables even the exchange rates could effect game costs online but they dont cas a consistent price is easy and more people will buy a game when it doesnt constantly change prices UP and down

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  5. Richard Booth
    Richard Booth says:

    digital games always always cost more unless on offer. physical product all the way. anyone download the pt demo? if you deleted it even if you own it you can't get it. so do you even own your downloaded games? no you don't. what about people of restricted data on their home internet tariff. digital should cost a lot less

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  6. Richard Booth
    Richard Booth says:

    digital games always always cost more unless on offer. physical product all the way. anyone download the pt demo? if you deleted it even if you own it you can't get it. so do you even own your downloaded games? no you don't. what about people of restricted data on their home internet tariff. digital should cost a lot less

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