250w ago - Warhawk, SOCOM, and Burnout Paradise are a couple of "full" titles that Sony has given gamers the chance to digitally download onto their HDDs.
While each game took up its fair amount of space, it was definitely convenient to not have to put the disc into the console in order to play the games. The ease of booting up our beloved console and clicking a menu item to start playing a great title like Burnout Paradise is definitely something that made the occupied HDD space worth it.
If this is something you've enjoyed, you may be happy to know that some analysts think that this may become the norm for the electronics giant we've all come to love.
According to Futuresource Consulting's senior market analyst Mai Hoang, Sony is considering rolling out an entire lineup of $40 downloadable titles that are sold at a discount in comparison to their $60 disc-based counterparts. While this idea has been tested by Sony with the previously titles mentioned, it's a treatment that first-party PSP titles in Japan have been enjoying for quite some time.
Futuresource believes that Sony wants to take a bigger piece of the digital distribution market which could validate this new game-delivery strategy. Considering that digitally downloaded games are a multi-billion dollar industry, it makes perfect sense for any company to want to snag a larger share of the market.
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This is a good move for sony, if they could bring the games to the gamers sofa impulse buying will kick in plus the ease to get games on a rainy day will be great.
Also a think sony should start making our psn accounts global accounts for sony products to keep a history of our purchases and tastes. This global account could move with the user as he keeps growing old that way if he wants to play old titles via backward compatibility he can get those titles.
This is the obvious direction for the big corporations like microsoft, sony and apple. Steam has done a great job and so the apple store too, proven methods like these should definetly start becoming a standard in todays market where digital distribution is a reality. Movies, Games, Shows, Apps at a discount price or better priced than retail will be the market of tomorrow because everyone can have a store at home.