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Posted on Tuesday, December 10 @ 16:30:00 PST by


Now that PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, and the always powerful PC available to consumers, the hardware race will quickly return its focus to the only factor that really matters: the games. Software drives hardware, not the other way around. PS4 and X1 games might look pretty, but no one will buy one of these new consoles without a game to play on it.

Case in point: Wii U. Without the first-party games that Nintendo fans buy Nintendo consoles for, the Wii U has struggled to find footing in the headstart it bought over Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but look no further than Steam for the biggest threat to all three console makers. When you can buy anywhere from 1 to 20 amazing games at an incredibly low price and access all of them from one machine, it's hard to even consider a console purchase.

I think gamers will get behind digital downloads on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and even Wii U for the games they know they'll want to play for the life of the hardware. I can see myself downloading Super Smash Bros Wii U because once that title comes out, I might never want to remove the disc from my Wii U, just like Animal Crossing: New Leaf on my 3DS. I'll probably buy the first Xbox One Halo game digitally so I can skip the midnight launch crowd and access the game whenever I want. While these key first-party titles will get me to download, I see a much bigger digital opportunity opening up on PlayStation.

Sony has taken their #4thegamers approach to the bank, but now I want to see them push their media partners and their own internal accountants to take the plunge and offer digital sales on the same level as Steam. With PlayStation Plus and the wide range of software available (hopefully for streaming on PS4 and PS Vita), Sony seems set to make a big splash in digital downloads.

How big of a discount do you need to start impulse buying games on PSN or on Xbox Live? If the question is about launch-day discounts for buying digitally, how much do you need to save to forego the plastic box?

Can gamers get behind digital downloads for the right price?
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