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By: Groo (charlie.delete@this.semiaccurate.com), April 20, 2019 9:36 am
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Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com) on April 20, 2019 7:29 am wrote:

> They have time to see how Microsoft will fare with their discless Xbox One. I'm somewhat surprised that
> it has taken so long. Downloaded games can't be resold, which should make Sony and Microsoft happy.
>
There are two big impediments to disc-free consoles, retailers and game makers. I asked this question to console makers years ago and they all said the same thing and still say it now.

1) If you don't have discs you don't have retail sales. This of course cuts out retailers but boosts profits for the devs and console makers. That said not having a retail channel pretty much screws you, the consoles sell are roughly zero margins so there is no incentive for anyone to carry them. Also consumers like boxes to keep on the shelf and look at which leads us to...

2) Almost every AAA game has a 'special edition' that comes with a plastic coin, trinket, helmet, or whatever. These sell for a lot. A $3 plastic thingy makes a $59 game a $189 experience, I'll let you work out the profit margins on both variants yourself. You can do the same with DL games but, well, not nearly as many people give a shit.

It isn't about can or whether it is a smart technical idea, such things aren't really of consequence to planner. Making money is and a BD drive makes a _LOT_ of money. If they are giving that up, there is a good reason for them to do so, or they are abjectly stupid. You will note that MS still sells boxes of 'office' and 'windows' at retail. They contain a piece of paper with a code in them, that's it. But they still do it. Don't expect discs to go away any time soon even if nothing uses them.

-Charlie
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