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With PS4 BC confirmed for the PS5, are you more comfortable buying PS4 games digitally?

Are you more comfortable buying PS4 games digitally now that BC's been confirmed?

  • Yes

    Votes: 147 33.0%
  • No

    Votes: 64 14.4%
  • It's never been an issue for me

    Votes: 234 52.6%

  • Total voters
    445
Oct 25, 2017
3,176
#1
I know I am. Having digital games tied to one console - when downloads may be cut off at any point - always rubbed me the wrong way so I would always go physical if I had the choice, massive sales aside. While the PS5 BC announcement doesn't totally eliminate that possibility (see PT), it does at least show a commitment to supporting games longer term, so it's not like my digital copy of RDR2 (one of the rare exceptions I've made, mainly because Amazon fucked up) will be stuck in PS4 limbo if I feel like going back to it in five years or something.

I'm not going all-in on digital yet or anything like that, but it's good piece of mind and it makes it a better looking option.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,852
#4
No, because it’s not the core issue with game preservation/ownership. My fear is having my owned content taken away, not the platform(s) I can play it on because physical media has those same limitations.
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,039
#6
No, because it’s not the core issue with game preservation/ownership. My fear is having my owned content taken away, not the platform(s) I can play it on because physical media has those same limitations.
I have never had a game that I bought digitally taken away from me. I can continue to play games that I own that have been delisted from a storefront.
 
Oct 27, 2017
443
#7
Until Sony decides to stop treating their digital customers like shit and exploiting any loophole they can find that gives them the one up over their customers in any dispute, no. I mean they can take your games away at a whim and never give them back. That's crazy.
 
Oct 27, 2017
4,836
PNW
#8
No because they haven't really announced anything and there's no guarantee about PS6 or 7

Just PS4 b/c is meh. They need PS1/2/3/4 b/c from physical discs

Until Sony decides to stop treating their digital customers like shit and exploiting any loophole they can find that gives them the one up over their customers in any dispute, no. I mean they can take your games away at a whim and never give them back. That's crazy.
As someone who spent hundreds (thousands?) on digital PS3 stuff, I'm basically just done with Playstation as a brand entirely after they pissed on me this gen
 
Oct 25, 2017
4,445
#13
Yes. I've withheld digital games from Sony because they've been reluctant to commit to BC. I'm still not going to go down digital route until they confirm BC and saves will be free to migrate over to PS5. But I'm encouraged with thier confirmation.
 
Oct 27, 2017
3,083
#14
Right there with you OP. Outside of sales, I always bought physical. Wasn't really an issue since I like physical but sometimes I prefer the convenience of digital. Now with it confirmed, there's no concerns on my end.
 
Oct 26, 2017
4,328
#16
I'm not sure how your logic works. They announced BC, which would enable you to play PS4 physical and digital games.

Your main concern was that you wouldn't be able to play your digital games on PS5? Shouldn't you have had that same concern with physical games?
 
#17
I mean I already bought some stuff digital but I will still buy 99% physical. What the announcement did was basically make sure I don't buy a multiplat on my X1X again. I already prefer Playstation anyway so BC on PS5 was the only thing holding me back from turning my X into an exclusive machine again.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,495
#18
It was never really an issue but I was always a little sad my Digital P3 games were stuck there.

Hoping the patents are true and that we also get older systems too and all digital stuff is there day one.

It would get me there day one. Also they need to still have the ability to ‘share’ digital purchases between your main and secondary system like you can now. If tha goes away I may walk period.
 
Oct 26, 2017
7,994
#20
I said no because while im still leary of collecting console games digitally, it had nothing to do with the perfectly obvious bc announcement. Even most of the people pretending to doubt it knew it was coming.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,159
#22
Never been an issue for me because it was pretty obvious future consoles were going to be x86 and support current gen (there is no benefit to them or MS to break hardware compat for this gen then break again in future since ecosystems have the weight that they do now).
 
Oct 27, 2017
5,044
London
#27
It’s was never an issue to begin with. Here’s why:

- I’m not getting any younger, so I have to priorities what I play, and that is usually something new.
- Even without the confirmation, I was certain we were going to get full PS4 BC on PS5.
 
Nov 10, 2017
7,178
#28
It was not an issue but it encouraging me to jump into the PS5 earlier than I usually do (4 years after release of a console). One of my favorite features of PC gaming, the ability to carry over your library.
 
Oct 27, 2017
627
#31
I have never had a game that I bought digitally taken away from me. I can continue to play games that I own that have been delisted from a storefront.
I have, Sony has completely removed 3 games I've owned. P.T., which was free, along with Kyuiin and Magical Drop F. All three were removed from download lists also, I can never download them again. I did manage to get a refund at least. Sony appears to have done it with Yakiniku Bugyou, Magical Drop, and Afro Samurai 2 (apparently with an automatic refund, which was nice) as well. Oh, and there's the Playstation Mobile stuff that's gone forever too.

Sony deleting games from download lists is a real thing that happens, fortunately it's rare.

I'd be a lot more impressed with Sony's commitment to supporting digital downloads if they'd let us play PS1 and PS2 Classics on PS4 without having to purchase them again.
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,649
Denmark
#32
It's too bad we don't all have that protection. It shouldn't be a thing under any circumstance to lock a person out of their digitally purchased items. Until Sony is pro consumer on all fronts of their digital items, I advocate against purchasing anything on psn.
I'm not sure I follow. They have never taken any purchased digital license away, so what is it that you want them to show?
 
Feb 15, 2019
163
#33
Just wondering, why keep the PS4 if you can do the same things with the PS5? Seems like a hassle to keep both when the PS5 can play the same games and more.
I can't speak for the person you quoted but I personally won't sell my ps4 just because I have PT on it. I consider it a collector's item because of that and that makes me not wanna get rid of it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,876
#35
Until Sony decides to stop treating their digital customers like shit and exploiting any loophole they can find that gives them the one up over their customers in any dispute, no. I mean they can take your games away at a whim and never give them back. That's crazy.
Was there actually any instance where they took a game away from people who purchased the game?
 
Oct 27, 2017
2,645
#39
I went full digital this gen and can't see myself going back to physical. No, even without BC I would've bought PS5 and kept my Pro for the digital games. The probabiliy for this scenarion was 0.05% because Sony might get arrogant at times but they're not thaaat stupid.
 
Feb 22, 2019
303
#40
It makes me more comfortable buying ANYTHING related to Sony Playstation. I know that my games will work in the future, no matter if I buy physical or digital. I know that I can just buy the PS5 and look forward to it. It gives me a reassuring feeling.

I am a physical person though. I like my physical games and I want to continue the physical route.
 
Oct 28, 2017
652
#41
I care more that my discs will work. Digital content will most likely someday be gone forever down the line. So backwards compatability means that at the very least, my discs will work even without being connected to anything.
 
Oct 27, 2017
741
#42
I've always been okay with buying digital games, even though I probably still buy more physical. I just tend to buy at the cheapest point it's available.

However, what the news does do is make me more comfortable with getting the PS5 day 1, instead of waiting 2-3 years for a library to build like I did with the PS4. Knowing that my PS4 games would benefit from being on SSD is a huge plus for me. I'll probably give my pro away to my friend.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,024
#44
Voted Yes, but the clincher for me is disc support. I own like 60 PS4 games on disc. Not having to hold on to my PS4 to play those is a huge perk for me. I think the PS5 will probably be the only console I buy next gen now.
 
Oct 28, 2017
150
#47
I don't know if any consider this as a sort of indication, but I wonder does anyone actually watch latest sales from PSN.
This year I stopped talking about them at all and all digital future will worse it in term of selections and varieties even more.
 
Oct 27, 2017
4,002
Argentina
#50
Just wondering, why keep the PS4 if you can do the same things with the PS5? Seems like a hassle to keep both when the PS5 can play the same games and more.
In my case I have a PS3 on the living room as a multimedia center (mostly Netflix and Plex lol) that my family uses. As soon as I get a PS5 my PS4 will probably take that spot and the PS3 will pass on to my sister's room probably.