Why can’t we play it now, just saying
In the digital age, distribution certainly shouldn’t be a holdup.
This is a thing, unfortunately.
Consoles still need discs, and people with the money (and the all-too-common will to spend said money) will want their collector’s editions, which happen to include physical copies of the relevant software. And discs take time to produce, label and write the data onto them. Followed by QA, packaging, shipping and delivering/selling.
Call me old fashioned, but I love a good physical copy of a game. I don’t need to connect to the internet if I wanna do stuff, I don’t need to always be logged on if I wanna play, I can loan it to friends so they can play and still have my console… I mean, there are so many benefits. I don’t want every game I ever own to be connected to a digital profile that could potentially be lost forever. If I have to wait an extra 2 weeks for the game to come out because of the physical limitations… the pros outweigh the cons by twenty metric ■■■■-tons IMO.
As a console player who already purchased it digitally I can say with absolute certainty that consoles don’t need discs.
Further, I can play most of my digital games without being online. And the ones I cannot wouldn’t work offline even if I had a disc. But if some people prefer to wait longer for physical, then by all means let them. It’s not like it’s got a hardline simultaneous release going. Just ask Steam users.
It really depends on where you are. To give just one example, there are large chunks of the US that still do not have broadband access. Even areas that do may have sub-par download speeds, and data caps are still a fairly common thing from the major US providers. So there remains a market for consoles with disks, and games that ship on disk. Given how big games are getting, not having a disk option means losing sales.
In such a situation, a PC user would equally need a disc. Whether there’s a market for it is immaterial to the point, which isn’t about eliminating discs but rather not waiting for them.
True. Then, of course, you’d be looking at the advertising/marketing schedule as well, which was probably set long before the game went gold around the release date… End of the day, it’s a business decision and MBAs will MBA…