By the end of 2017, Electronic Arts believes 40% of console game sales will take place in the form of downloads. It made that prediction during a financial call this week. Although there are benefits to buying discs, the market has been shifting towards downloads.
For gamers with fast internet connections, the convenience of downloads is hard to beat. But you do miss out on the ability to trade in your copy and the price of a download may be higher.
EA itself will be a little slower in hitting the 40% figure, says CFO Blake Jorgensen. That’s because some of its games, such as FIFA, are popular in markets where downloads aren’t nearly as common.