Gamers do not need to worry because those tempting deals will still be up for grabs, but GameStop is looking for an end to console/digital codes bundles that do not feature a physical copy of the videogame. It seems that your shelves are about to get a little fuller.
- GameStop will be promoting physical copies of games
- 93% of console sales came from bundled deals
- GameStop is looking to profit more from trade-ins and used games
The retail store that is found among many places across the United States makes quite a bit of profit due to their trade-in games and used game sales, which are suffering due to the habit of consoles makers such as Sony or Microsoft to offer deals attached with digital codes.
In order to save space for potential gamers and likely limit the use of material, tech giants have started to add a different sort of deal to their bundles, by letting their consoles come with a simple piece of paper instead of an actual disc of their promoted videogame.
With just one code, players are able to go online, and download the genuine version of the game without an actual copy in their hands.
However, as most things, there are good sides and bad aspects to each decision. While this frees up space and does not require the use of material that is infamously toxic to our planet’s environment, it also places others at odds with the newer tendency. GameStop, for example, is one of them.
The chain now states that both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will more often come in bundle with the physical copy of a game, rather than “digital pack-ins”, according to chief operating officer, Tony Bartel. He states that if Sony and Microsoft want to keep up with their bundled offers, that the stores will see to the genuine disc of the game attached to the deal.
And, quite certainly, neither tech company will stop offering the packs, considering a whopping 93% of console sales came from deals with third-party companies to have their game wrapped in nicely with the hardware.
On one hand, GameStop does claim that not everyone has a strong and fast internet connection, and since today’s games often average around 30 GB, it takes quite a lot of time for them to download. Not to mention that consoles themselves need to go through a lengthy update upon purchasing. It makes for a lot of time and digital space wasted.
On the other hand, physical copies have long since lost to digital copies due to the fact that they take up spaces in homes and shelves, and that is a true hindrance for those who do not wish to proudly display their collection.
For gamers, this could be good news for some, and bad for others.
For GameStop though, it’s in their best interest, considering it will better expand their business of trade-in games, along with sales that come from used discs. A digital code cannot be re-sold, but a disc could be.
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