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KeioSquad2
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(02-24-2012, 10:33 PM)
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Is there any? I mean it's not like the psp where load times were cut in half, is it? Just what are the benefits?
shagg_187
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(02-24-2012, 10:33 PM)
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There is a thread dedicated to Vita questions.

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.
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GhostTrick
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(02-24-2012, 10:33 PM)
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Maybe the price and... be sure that it will be backward compatible with the next sony handheld ?
ThaiGrocer
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(02-24-2012, 10:34 PM)
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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. It forces you to always be connected, so it becomes more of a service than a product.
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sixteen-bit
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(02-24-2012, 10:34 PM)
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Price, but that's offset by expensive memory cards.
JordanLMiller
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(02-24-2012, 10:34 PM)
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You don't have to carry around dozens of carts I guess.
C-Jo
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(02-24-2012, 10:34 PM)
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Edit: I'm shit at reading comprehension.
jiggle
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(02-24-2012, 10:35 PM)
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convenience
H_Prestige
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(02-24-2012, 10:36 PM)
Don't have to carry around separate game cards
Have instant access to any game
Don't have to worry about losing or breaking your game
Price
Better prospects for BC
inner-G
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(02-24-2012, 10:37 PM)
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You don't have to wonder whether or not you should get your $10 of trade-in credit for Little Deviants.
Roto13
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(02-24-2012, 10:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by _dementia

Price, but that's offset by expensive memory cards.

Yeah, I have to wonder how much I'd save on 8gb of games compared to the difference between an 8gb and 16gb memory card. :P It's probably more expensive in the long run.
Duxxy3
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(02-24-2012, 10:40 PM)
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You're supporting the developers more by not going through various middlemen.

Honestly, people that support retail are scum and barely above people who buy used or pirate games.




That fanatical enough? :)
alr1ght
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(02-24-2012, 10:42 PM)
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speed






oh wait
Sporran
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(02-24-2012, 10:42 PM)
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your saving the planet, darn plastic disc boxes use all our oil.
Bomber Bob
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(02-24-2012, 10:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by JordanLMiller

You don't have to carry around dozens of carts I guess.

This

But than you have expensive cards, no resell possibilities, higher or similar price than retail (at least in Japan).

Yeah, Sony PSN offer sucks ass. They should totally copy the Steam model.
massoluk
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(02-24-2012, 10:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by JordanLMiller

You don't have to carry around dozens of carts I guess.

Well yeah, but considering the size of vita game, is arranging the fridge really more convenient than carrying around the carts
elektrixx
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(02-24-2012, 10:48 PM)
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You always have a backup to download. This may also include future platforms.
KirbYuuYuu
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(02-24-2012, 10:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by ThaiGrocer

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.

Don't feed him that, he'll expect closed system DD to be as good as open system DD.
plainr_
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(02-24-2012, 10:52 PM)
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Some say Vita game cases uses too much plastic.
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Lord-Audie
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(02-24-2012, 10:53 PM)
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convenience for me.

So convenient.
Kyoufu
(02-24-2012, 10:53 PM)
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I like how I can carry games I want to play on the system itself without having to swap carts etc. Very convenient.
Huff
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(02-24-2012, 10:53 PM)
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Hopefully backwards compatibility for all future devices.

Hopefully cheaper in the long run.
shira
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(02-24-2012, 10:54 PM)
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Originally Posted by alr1ghtstart

Her eyes are creeping me out, bad pic.

If your memory card is full you are kinda screwed.
PumpkinPie
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(02-24-2012, 10:54 PM)
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If you're in EU you get to pay more for the privilege of not having boxes and instruction manuals... hey, wait a damn minute!
AAK
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(02-24-2012, 10:54 PM)
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Storage space
Much more convenient to start
Better price
massoluk
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(02-24-2012, 10:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by BroHuffman

Hopefully backwards compatibility for all future devices.

Hopefully cheaper in the long run.

That's a damn good point.
I bow to your wisdom.
chaostrophy
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(02-24-2012, 10:57 PM)
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Remember how much Memory Stick prices have gone down and capacities have gone up over the life of the PSP. 32MB was a decent size at its launch and 1GB sticks were about $100 IIRC. Presumably the same thing will happen over the life of the Vita and make digital a better deal later on.
Gen X
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(02-24-2012, 11:04 PM)
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Choose wisely young padawans. One cannot simply trade his digital games in at Mordor.

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.
Tribes of Trusty
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(02-24-2012, 11:08 PM)
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Is it easy to set up a US/JAP PSN account and buy games when you live in Europe ? Because if yes it would be awesome : no need to wait for a game to be released in your country, you could buy it as soon as it is available on PSN.
Wario64
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(02-24-2012, 11:11 PM)

Originally Posted by alr1ghtstart

speed






oh wait

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?
kodt
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(02-24-2012, 11:18 PM)
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Pros:

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%)

Cons:

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.
TheExodu5
(02-24-2012, 11:18 PM)
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Convenience. Was going to go mostly physical, but now I've decided to buy games digitally since it's so nice to just have everything with you on the go.

If I want to play something truly disposable (short singleplayer experience with little replayability), then I might go physical.
lolez2matt
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(02-24-2012, 11:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Wario64

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?

I think it was taken when she was explaining the new format of the psn store..
UberTag
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(02-24-2012, 11:21 PM)
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All of the key benefits have been covered but one big sticking point for me on the digital front (for Vita, in particular) is that a lot of the primary benefits of going retail no longer come into play. Those cases are empty. The manuals are always digital and easily accessible while playing. I open up one of those things to get out the tiny cartridge and my first reaction is "what a waste". Same way I felt when Best Buy shipped my charging dock in a giant 11x17" padded envelope for something that is no longer than my thumb.

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.
BocoDragon
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(02-24-2012, 11:22 PM)
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I would happily go digital if the physical ones didn't exist... it's just that if there's a pretty box... I feel compelled to get it :/
WonkersTHEWatilla
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(02-24-2012, 11:23 PM)
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Switching out carts is an unnecessarily annoying process, so I guess that's +1 to digital.
Zee-Row
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(02-24-2012, 11:23 PM)
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Buying digital games is like a marriage you can't get divorced from since you can't sell or trade unwanted games.
Ignis Fatuus
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(02-24-2012, 11:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by GhostTrick

be sure that it will be backward compatible with the next sony handheld ?

This.
Gen X
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(02-24-2012, 11:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by WonkersTHEWatilla

Switching out carts is an unnecessarily annoying process, so I guess that's +1 to digital.

What are you talking about? Remove cart, replace cart. You don't even have to turn the system off. Quick and easy.
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(02-24-2012, 11:34 PM)
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Convenience.

This. I love buying full games off PSN, even ones I have owned before, for the ease of launching it off the XMB rather than having to switch discs. Problem is most are terribly overpriced. Once ME3 is like 19.99 on PSN, I'll grab it there.
Marty Chinn
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(02-24-2012, 11:39 PM)
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The only real benefit of digital is convenience. You may or may not be able to play those on the next system so it may or may not be a benefit.

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.
Valnen
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(02-24-2012, 11:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Zee-Row

Buying digital games is like a marriage you can't get divorced from since you can't sell or trade unwanted games.

Good thing smart people don't buy games they don't want.
Marty Chinn
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(02-24-2012, 11:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by Valnen

Good thing smart people don't buy games they don't want.

I wonder how many people advocating digital actually traded in games to buy a Vita...
Jasoneyu
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(02-24-2012, 11:44 PM)
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Covienance and the fact that I don't have to open that damn vita gaming cover door ever again.
thepotatoman
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(02-24-2012, 11:46 PM)
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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.
WonkersTHEWatilla
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(02-24-2012, 11:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by Gen X

What are you talking about? Remove cart, replace cart. You don't even have to turn the system off. Quick and easy.

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.

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.
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Roto13
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(02-24-2012, 11:47 PM)
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Originally Posted by Valnen

Good thing smart people don't buy games they don't want.

Jesus, take a risk. If I only ever bought games I was 100% sure I was going to love, I'd have missed out on a lot of gems.
Marty Chinn
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(02-24-2012, 11:47 PM)
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Originally Posted by thepotatoman

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.

Pending 10 to 180 min download..... I could drive to the store and be back before a game is downloaded sometimes.
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(02-24-2012, 11:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by alr1ghtstart

speed






oh wait

As long as she updates PSN at a time that resembles Tuesday that still means I'd be able to DL games before many hit store shelves.
Marty Chinn
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(02-24-2012, 11:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by Takao

As long as she updates PSN at a time that resembles Tuesday that still means I'd be able to DL games before many hit store shelves.

What? Games arrive in physical stores on Tuesday....

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