LETTER of the month
Digital or disc? asks Alexandre Ross
Recently I’ve taken the plunge and upgraded to a new PS4. It’s awesome, but PS Plus has raised a question for me: What’s the best way to get games? Back in the day getting a disc was the only choice, but now you can download a game straight to your console. Smashing! I tried this and it seems to work great. However, no console lasts forever. What happens if my console dies? Do I lose my digital collection?
This isn’t made clear anywhere. Also digital games eat hard drive space. So I’m stuck in a conundrum. What would you recommend to a newbie: digital or disc?
Choice is great and I’m not knocking it, but which option in your experience gives the best combo of performance and benefits? And is there any difference between the digital version of games and their disc counterparts? With almost all of the major services (except, sometimes, Nintendo), your digital purchases are tied to your account, not your console – so they’re yours forever. Technically, your ownership of a digital game is less clear-cut than a physical copy, as what you’ve really bought is just a licence to download it. In practice, though, short of the company suddenly folding, there shouldn’t be any risk.
Which is better? It’s up to you really. Which do you prefer to keep uncluttered – your house, or your hard drive? How reliable and fast is your internet connection? Do you like being able to trade games back in? There are pros and cons to each, but there’s no right or wrong choice!
There shouldn’t be any difference in content or performance between physical and digital versions.