Benefits: Some games are cheaper, no need to go to store or wait for shipment, no need to change carts, no need to throw them away when a new handheld is released similar to UMDs on PSP.
edit: I misread that. Digital has lots of benefits that you can see by just opening up Steam or grabbing an app off iTunes of Android Market. It forces you to always be connected, so it becomes more of a service than a product.
Have instant access to any game
Don't have to worry about losing or breaking your game
Better prospects for BC
Don't feed him that, he'll expect closed system DD to be as good as open system DD.
None for you, unless you don't have a fast internet connection. It's to stop piracy.
edit: I misread that. Digital has lots of benefits that you can see by just opening up Steam or grabbing an app off iTunes of Android Market.
Retail games that have a massive replay value are worth getting as digital but single player games like Rayman that have hardly any replay value (Unless you're trophy hunting) you'll be stuck with. It's worth paying retail and having the ability to sell them or swap with friends rather than pay 10% less for a game you can't swap or trade. Of course, if it's something you play heaps of, such as MLB, Madden or Monster Hunter Vita Edition *snicker* by all means means digital. Plus if the following years version is broken or you don't like it as much it will always be in your download history after you delete the game.
1. Don't have to carry games around.
2. Don't have to switch out cards
3. Don't have to worry about losing them as you can always re-download.
4. If a PSPVita 2 comes out someday and is backwards compatible with digital games (but not the physical games) they will still work. Just as it is right now (digital PSP games work on Vita but UMDs do not)
5. MSRPs are often below retail (if only by 10%)
1. Can't resell
2. No retailer discounts means some games may stay at a higher price vs discounted retail prices.
3. Need more memory card space
4. Theoretically a game could be pulled from online and you could never re-download
5. Can't let your friend borrow a game.
If I want to play something truly disposable (short singleplayer experience with little replayability), then I might go physical.
I think it was taken when she was explaining the new format of the psn store..
You know, I always wondered. This is like the only pic of Grace Chen that I've seen. Why was it taken? Why is she holding a PS3 controller? I would like the story behind this. Future Blogcast question?
The future compatibility and not having to worry about where I shelved a game or whether I loaned it out to a friend are huge plusses for me.
The benefit of retail is, cheaper price, ability to sell or trade your game, the ability to borrow or loan a game, and the only real guaranteed way to future proof yourself if you want to play your games in the future.
I'm talking about the cartridge slot cover. I have to use my finger nail to pry it open, that makes it harder than it needs to be, compared to past gaming handhelds. The little notch/space to open the covers on the top of the system are smaller than those of the SIM card slot and memory card slot covers. Why? My guess is to keep the aesthetics of the silver rim, but I'd take practicality over looks in this regard.
What are you talking about? Remove cart, replace cart. You don't even have to turn the system off. Quick and easy.
If I were really wishing, I'd wish the cover was spring loaded or had a larger notch. Or it could be opened by a sliding mechanism. Heck, not having a cover would be okay with me.
Pending 10 to 180 min download..... I could drive to the store and be back before a game is downloaded sometimes.
It is also always available to purchase and use instantly. With retail not everyone has everything in stock all the time, and even when they do you need to either drive to that store. And with delivery you have to wait 5-7 days for pretty much everything unless you pay extra or get everything at launch, and sometimes the situation makes for actually signing for the thing a little difficult.