Give the option of buying the games as digital codes in store. That way we can still benefit from any pre-order offers retailers are having.
Publishers and stores have retailer specific offers all the time. If i want to have a digital copy rather than disk, I am not disadvantaged by being forced to buy digital copies from the console only.
[Mod Edit: This idea was merged with a similar idea posted by KoolAidMan3650. Thanks everyone!]
I keep seeing PS4 digital games and preorders available everywhere, but not for Xbox One. I really wish I could purchase digital Xbox One games from amazon and gamestop.
I know this has been alluded to a few times before, but why can't MS just let retailers sell digital download codes for ALL games as well as disc versions? That way there can be competitive pricing, and the consumer gets all of the benefits digital versions of the game have. I know this has started to be rolled out for "smaller" games and DLC but it really needs to go further.
Plus, when it comes to giving gifts, many people prefer to buy the games to give instead of currency vouchers of a fixed value; and I know as a gift receiver I want my game library to be digital but digital games can't be given as a gift right now which seems crazy.
Also, on the game download cards don't forget to include the QR codes for convenience of us who have Kinetic, at least it would give us another use for it. :)
Sell Full games digitally in retail stores, like a scratch off code to input like how gift cards are. Just make it a code for the full game. So you can buy it at like best buy gamestop or other retailers. This is huge you should, be able to but a card of the full game and scratch off a code and download the full game digitally. please please do this.
For only £10-£20, make it so you can just by a digital card to scan a code with the Kinect or type the code in to get the full game! Digital games don't have: cases, discs, manuals; any extra physical stuff through buying unique versions/editions, code of conduct stuff and advertisement for other games from that game developer so digital games should be £30-£40 cheaper!
Give third-party retailers (Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop) the ability to sell Xbox One games digitally. They sell PS3 and PS4 digital code already. MS is behind the curve if they expect consumers to go digital while waiting for games to go on sale in the marketplace.
Allow us to purchase a code that is for a digital download rather than a disc. We should also be able to pre-order these codes from places like Amazon or GameStop. And they should come with the same exclusive content that disc pre-orders should come with.
I would love to be able to go and by a DLC for new games coming out stores always have better price. This way we could have digital games at a reasonable price
A ton of Xbox One players would love to go 100% digital. However outrageous prices 6-7 months after release are holding them back. An option would be to lower the prices in the Xbox marketplace. It has been said that that this would not work because it would take a away business from say, Gamestop. Well why not just have Gamestop ( And all major retailers) sell digital codes. They could run sales and keep the price close to the physical copy. If this cannot be done, I would like a reason. Sony has started to do this.
Allow 3rd party retailers like Gamestop, Game & Amazon etc to sell download codes for games on their websites.
I hate seeing deals on physical copies of games at retailers and not taking advantage of it because I've committed to digital. Either price match on the Xbox store or allow retailers to sell download codes with the same deals they would have on their physical discs.
Allowing other stores to sell digital games would bring more competition to the digital market (lower prices!) and would also not cause GameStop & Co to be expendable...
Either allow retailers to sell digital codes for Xbox One games in store or let them create their own marketplace on the Xbox One to increase competition and improve digital pricing.
It's pretty clear that for whatever reason, digital games via the xbox store won't ever be comparable to retail pricing of games, so why not produced packaged copies of digital codes for retailers to sell, just like you did for Call of Duty Ghosts double play.
That way, retailers will be happy as they still get their cut, the retail market can price things in their usual way so gamers are happy. It's still cheaper to produce a QR code card than a disk, so it should save publishers money too.
Retailers and Publishers now have the option to sell their games as digital download codes through retail stores, so customers can receive retail exclusives and other benefits offered. http://majornelson.com/2014/08/15/digital-download-codes-now-available-select-add-ons-games/
i'm so disappointed i'll be missing out on any preorder bonuses for halo 5, tomb raider, black ops 3, just cause 3, battlefront and other games just because they don't sell digital codes for these games anywhere
The only downside is that one of my friends bought a dlc code from gamestop who charged him taxes for the dlc card with the code and when he entered the code it only gave him 15 or 20 dollars on Xbox Live, theh when he went to download the dlc he was charged tax for it on Xbox Live; paid taxes 2 times for one dlc. I dont know if it was just how the dlc's are for that one game (Destiny) or if that would happen with all digital media that gets purchased through a retailer. Uncle Sam gets enough from me without double dipping, lol.
Microsoft loses control over pricing if they allow others to digital games. I think that is why they've been maintaining a monopoly on digital Xbox game sales. If they let Amazon, Gamefly, etc do it, they have to compete with them on price.Why buy from the Microsoft marketplace if Gamefly has the same digital download game for 20% less?
Beyond that, they want to be able to politely suggest game related items such as wall papers, theme, avatar items, etc based on what you bought from them,
How about the Microsoft Store promotions working through the Xbox One digital store? Right now the Xbox Rewards program gives 15K points ($15) in credits for all pre-orders done through the Microsoft Store. It would be better if I could just make the purchase on my Xbox One via the digital store and enjoy the benefits all the same. It's ridiculous that I should miss out on these promotions because I prefer to buy digitally. I should be more rewarded for buying digitally as (1) saves a great deal on your overhead like shipping and (2) lower production costs, no case, disc, manuals, etc (3) no brick & mortar retailer cut (4) no MSRB price adjustments and refunds on stagnant inventory (5) none of that supposed (destroyed copies) from retailers who get refunds on remaining inventory who don't destroy it and end up selling it on Amazon/eBay (6) one less copy circulating around as used game sales (7) increase confidence and reinforcement of a strong digital marketplace... I mean do I really need to spell out the benefits of stronger digital marketplace, and how overlooking those that are trying to pioneer a good experience are going to come out with sour experiences because they're being overlooked by these promotions. It shouldn't be a fight to say we deserve the same promotions on the digital store as we could get physically at the Microsoft Store.
I still prefer a physical game.
physical games also need to be installed. not just digital..
SILVER HAWK 001 commented
If you start handing out download codes you going to need to get bigger hard drives no way will 1tb be enough
the Microsoft store needs to offer download codes for full games like halo 5, black ops 3, just cause 3, battlefront, tomb raider. they need download codes for all games. I only pre order digital games
Provide this option for Halo 5 legendary and collectors edition. I want the advantages of digital and also the physical tangible box and contents
Yes, we need a full digital retail purchase option. It's not enough to just buy the digital code. I want the full boxed option, just instead of a disk, you get a code. That way you get to walk away from the store with a nicely boxed version of your game and include and limited edition content (like statues, books etc) to be included within the package. I guess the advantage we are looking for is the disk-less option that was ripped away from us because of all the complainers pre-XB1 launch
Jaffa Cake King commented
It's about time digital games were available to buy from regular stores.
Trying to go all digital this gen but the inflated prices on the Xbox store is making it very difficult.
They should start putting digital codes in retail boxes for those who like to collect, collectors editions of game cases, and such.
Imagine Halo 5, digital code, bundled with retail Collectors Box, that way they get tall the perks of physical copies, without having to bother with disc...
Sitting here at work, kind keeping busy and kinda not...
I hopped on Twitter and asked Phil Spencer will we ever see a buy 2 digital get 1 free like we see at retail stores...
Then something hit me; Microsoft & Sony should have digital voucher program.
Pre-Order (or released title) 1 digital game. It stays at $60
2-game Voucher $110 (normally $120 (plus tax if applicable) It lets you redeem 2 games. Rather it's a released title or pre-order
3-game Voucher $150 (Normally $180 (plus tax if applicable) Lets you redeem 3 games for that calendar year. Rather game is released or not.
4-Game Voucher $180 (buy 3 get 1 free)... Same as above applies
Vouchers are eligible for "Gifting"
'If one of the games redeemed is a pre-order, and the game is pushed back into the next year, we (consumers) would be allowed to keep the game or roll it over to a different title.
The Sucky part would be, that Sony & Microsoft will of course have to have their terms and conditions such as:
No refunds on Voucher(s) purchased
Voucher(s) can't be redeemed for cash
Sure there would have to be tweaks with the above..
I think it could be a win for gamers and the platform holder...
THE ICE SNIPER commented
There needs to be a way to sell you unused download cards in a safe way. I suggest to enter the code through Microsoft, then when the code is confirmed you can choose to sell the game for credit instead of downloading it. I bought a Xbox one and it came with two download cards, I do not want them so I tried to trade them in but not store will take the cards. there needs to be an, alternative if the cards are being sold in stores.
tnt monty commented
There's a good article here on the difference in prices between the physical and digital versions - http://www.vg247.com/2014/11/12/ps4-xbox-one-digital-higher-prices/. It's crazy that UK digital prices are so much more expensive than physical.
Mr H Cave Man commented
more digital codes availability with retailers, especially online retailers like Amazon; PS4 has a lot and xbox one only has a few available this way
why isnt this available yet? all games should be offered in stores as digital or physical.
Having physical cards is a good for retail outlets, but online marketplaces (microsoftstore.com, amazon, gamestop.com, etc) should be able to sell codes for ANY XBox One game, including pre-orders, so that we can qualify for pre-order bonuses and discounts that typically occur for pre-release titles. Amazon used to do this with XBox Live Arcade titles long ago. Not sure why that stopped.