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By: Doug S (foo.delete@this.bar.bar), April 21, 2019 12:33 am
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Doug S (foo.delete@this.bar.bar) on April 21, 2019 12:11 am wrote:
> Groo (charlie.delete@this.semiaccurate.com) on April 20, 2019 12:37 pm wrote:
> > Margins on BD/DVD hardware are VERY different from consoles. I got the full rundown on console
> > economics during the XB360/Best Buy days. The short version is the retailers make roughly zero
> > on the consoles, normal margins on games, and huge margins on overpriced accessories. If there
> > are no games to sell, they incentive to stock and sell the console is zero. You might sell an
> > accessory or two when they buy it but the return visits for games and other things just went
> > poof. Worse yet if one console has a disc player, guess which will be stocked/pushed?
>
>
> Are brick and mortar sales of consoles really that important in the world of 2020,
> when anything you want is a few clicks away from being shipped to your door?

There's also the possibility of a hybrid model - i.e., you make it without an optical drive, but in B&M stores you sell a package of PS5 + external optical drive, and sell packaged games, to keep that old business model intact.

The games could even come with an NFC sticker on the disc that you can scan with the controller to initiate a download of the game for people who don't have the optical drive, so people with the version without an optical drive can still do impulse purchases at Gamestop and still have physical media - iit would let you re-download the game onto a different console and de-authorize the first, so you won't lose all your games if you have to replace your console, and it would allow resale of games (if they wish to continue allowing that)
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