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.
Digital codes are coming to participating retailers. Major Nelson has the details: http://majornelson.com/2014/08/15/digital-download-codes-now-available-select-add-ons-games/
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.
Potty Monster commented
Need all games to be available as digital code in store not just smaller games. This will keep the shops happy (they get the sales, less shelf space required, reduced delivery costs...etc), customers get to take advantage of competitive pricing and offers, plus customers get the advantages digital downloads bring. Everyone's a winner.......well, other than MS who might loose out on some digital sales. Hhhmmmm. But hey, if MS is really listening to customer these days then they will do whats right for the customer yeah? :)
Seriously though, this is a good start. i just hope it expands to full games soon.
they just started release Xbox one digital game codes for stores. so this idea has already been made. max - the curse of brotherhood is the first Xbox one title to buy with a digital code purchase.
Media Center app, please!
Sol Badguy24 commented
In regards to digital copies & pre-order bonuses. Rather than putting large price tags like you did with Diablo 3: Reaper Of Souls UEE could you not price it £2 more than other online retailers but we can choose our pre-order bonuses or if you can't do any competitive pricing then give us all available pre-order bonuses
I hope we can have e-mail delivery
Zen Like Calm commented
@Misses Joust. The digital code offer you linked to is only available in UK and US, what about the rest of us?
Just purchased destiny via market and pre-downloading now! Looks like I also received a pre-order bonus.
Saeed Akbar commented
I think is a good idea for codes in store in case the code fails you can go back to the store for a fix.
Thought of this just yesterday, as flashing the QR code at the Kinect worked so great for the included Forza game when I picked up the console.
Games on the Xbox store are all way overpriced, especially in the UK.
I understand Microsoft still has to please the bricks and motor business but at least be competitive and don't punish those who want to go digital.
£59.99 for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition on Xbox Store
£44.86 on Amazon
£49.99 for Sniper Elite 3
£40 on Amazon
Could go on and on.
Sort it Xbox!
z UnSmokeAble commented
I buy all my games from the xbox store and i always miss the pre order bonus which dont seem very fair for 2 reasons.. Reason 1 i buy the game the day its out instead of having too travel 10 minutes by car and then having too wait in a que which sometimes can be hours depending on the game.. Reason 2 the games are always more expensive in the store which i dont understand why when all you are getting is a digital copy no disk or anything and then you still miss out on pre order bonuses.. I payed £59.99 for the new diablo game from xbox one store and just get the digital copy, my friend buys the game brand new from a shop for £47 and he gets codes with the disk for free cool items in the game... It really needs sorting