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08 Mar 2011
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Specifically, the executive noted that the meaty 12GB downloadable release scoffed double-digit numbers in terms of overall sales, though wouldn't say exactly how many copies the game shifted. He did admit, however, that EA did “absolutely nothing” to promote the PS3 release.

 

:o That's our digital download only future got us by the short and curlies then :Shame: Thats extorionate news you stupid people who bought it! :p

 

 

Electronic Arts boss John Riccitiello has described sales of the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 as “meaningful,” following the sprawling sci-fi sequel’s launch on Sony’s platform back in January.

Chatting at the recent Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in San Francisco, Riccitiello seemed especially chuffed with sales of the digital version of the RPG, which launched alongside its boxed counterpart.

Specifically, the executive noted that the meaty 12GB downloadable release scoffed double-digit numbers in terms of overall sales, though wouldn't say exactly how many copies the game shifted. He did admit, however, that EA did “absolutely nothing” to promote the PS3 release.

"Sony had never done a day and day release," said Riccitiello. "They were very cautious about their infrastructure so it was mostly a technology test."

"This was really more about proving it can be done than it was proving what the opportunity would be," he added. "So an unmarketed game one year after the original was done on the Xbox and the PC, we released the PS3 and managed to do very, very well with it."

"They have got to manage both selling boxes at retail, and it's generally a pretty thin margin business," he explained. "And so they basically negotiate and leverage shelf space on the promise of making retail margin on software."

 

 

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does that mean the PSN version of Mass Effect 2 accounted for at least 10% of overall sales? or is 'double digit numbers' something different? tis really surprising to see that people found that version more favourable over the retail version.

now a company has seen what that sort of thing can bring in on PSN, they might not be against doing it again. which is good because its available to more people overall and everything that brings, and bad for pricing and stuff i guess.

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I'm guessing double digits means anything up to 99 copies sold. Which isn't really that much considering the size of Europe.

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ytevo79 wrote:
I'm guessing double digits means anything up to 99 copies sold. Which isn't really that much considering the size of Europe.


 

Personally, it either proves there are a lot of mugs out there who don't realise what Digital downloads is going to mean for everyone, with Prices not dropping that far on consoles at least or the ability to lend a game to a mate or sell the game on when you've finished with it, or worse, you can't get your money back when you find out the game is a pile of *****e.

 

Second, I agree on the double digits, although I would put it closer to 10 maybe. :D

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But Mass Effect 2 sold awful on PS3
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At least with Digital Download you can't lose/scratch the disk.

You can also play without looking for it or getting annoyed your mate hasnt given it back yet.
Digital Download games are the future, live with it. Look what happened to music, whats happening to Movies, it will be games too.
Good or bad? dunno, but its coming. I for one like the idea of having all my games on the HD without needing to put a disk in.
Never sell SH anyway, if its crud, don't but it, thats what reviews are for. Yeah, you get caught out every now and then, but that's life.
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Good news, I just finished playing Mass Effect last night, but will prob have 1 more play through before I goto #2.  Sad news about the digital download figures, I don't like where that is heading (@Pyrofer You must be unaware of all the issues with DRM stained music and video along with PC DRM game measures) Who are these people who bought the digital version for double the cost of a Physical version from almost any online retailer and prob some brick and mortar stores too.

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Ok, DRM is evil, but people on this forum seem to thing doing ANYTHING to protect your IP is ok, just check out their defence of Sony on some other issues.
I would love if the downloads could be backed up on my PC and easily re-downloaded anytime, but that wont happen.
Mind you, Apple killed the DRM on iTunes and gave us unencumbered tunes we could backup didn't they.
You can re-download PSN content no?
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Pyrofer wrote:
Ok, DRM is evil, but people on this forum seem to thing doing ANYTHING to protect your IP is ok, just check out their defence of Sony on some other issues.
I would love if the downloads could be backed up on my PC and easily re-downloaded anytime, but that wont happen.
Mind you, Apple killed the DRM on iTunes and gave us unencumbered tunes we could backup didn't they.
You can re-download PSN content no?

 

I agree.

 

At least like you say you can re-download them.  (peniding activations and deactivations)

 

 

But £47 for a game that I could get in shops a day early for £29.99 in a case and full manual

 

The price structure needs to be looked at. Digital Distribution is suposed to be cheaper:xLol:

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Sony are stabbing their loyal family customers in the back - We have 3 PS3s and 3 PSPs all on the same IP address and all registered with Sony. Why can't we use them at the same time anymore?
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I was not aware of that price, no wonder they were impressed to get into double digit sales!

That pricing scheme needs to be stamped out right now. Its worse than the eBook scams. Ugh, DLG (down loadable games) should be cheaper than the retail versions not more!

Go play Lara Croft Gaurdian of Light instead, its cheap and a GREAT game, devs should be encouraged to do stuff like this.
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Yeah, £47 for a DD is bonkers
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Pyrofer wrote:
At least with Digital Download you can't lose/scratch the disk.

You can also play without looking for it or getting annoyed your mate hasnt given it back yet.
Digital Download games are the future, live with it. Look what happened to music, whats happening to Movies, it will be games too.
Good or bad? dunno, but its coming. I for one like the idea of having all my games on the HD without needing to put a disk in.
Never sell SH anyway, if its crud, don't but it, thats what reviews are for. Yeah, you get caught out every now and then, but that's life.

 

 

What do you mean? The CD isle in my local Tesco is bigger then the movies and games. We can still buy CD's as well as download them thank god.

 

Besides what's is a track or album size? a few MB? Look at ME2 it was 12GB TWELVE GIGABYTE! Killzone 3 is 41GB:o It takes me hours to download a demo around 1GB.

 

Definitely the future downloading hundreds of gigabytes of game data every week/month at £50 a pop. Well I wouldn't as it would be to slow.

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Good points., well done! (it's always nice to have a decent argument thrown back your way!)

The impracticalities don't mean it wont happen. I use Music and Movies as proof of the inevitable march of download progress.
Yes, CDs are still for sale, but look at the growth of Download music.
Yes, games are bigger, but so were movies and that is happening, even music was originaly thought too big to download.
Broadband gets faster. HDs get bigger and Publishers look for more ways to make money.
Cutting out the middle man, no physical product and huge prices? How could they NOT want downloads as the future.
Afterall, THEY dont pay for the HD or Broadband, we do!
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steam are probably the model for direct downloads, espicially as far as prices go. They seem to understand that the value of games go down over time.

The weird thing is a lot of the companies who charge high prices on psn are also companies who charge quite well on steam, so i dont know why they insist on giving us such high prices. Maybe more overheads are involved, but i doubt it.

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I think the overall percentage of people want physical media. If we were forced download only then surly everyone would simply boycott them, especially if games are £50.

I'd give up gaming anyway.
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Cutting out the middle man, no physical product and huge prices? How could they NOT want downloads as the future.

so far psn version of this "cut out the middle man" etc mumbojumbo almost always meant higher prices

 

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The problem with PSN download titles is your paying for the upto 5 PS3s license fee even if you dont want it.
So its not just 12 GB its upto 60GB for ME2. This allows you to play mass effect 2 on upto 5 house hold PS3s at the same time.
You cant do that with BD. if this works with other PSN titles this means multiplayer online with out buying multi BDs which would be good.
EA dont want you trading software. Any one who buys ME2 traded in is not getting the cerberus pack.
Yep if you cant download a 1GB demo in less than 1hour (20 mins here) then yes your gonna be up set...
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Thats not what the 5 times is about, you can't play all 5 at once.
Google this forum for info on "game sharing" and find out more.
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Pyrofer wrote:
Thats not what the 5 times is about, you can't play all 5 at once.
Google this forum for info on "game sharing" and find out more.
wrong. MY HOUSE HOLD Aka were I LIVE, you twonk, if i get another PS3 down stairs I Can download it for that PS3 as well. NO BD required. How i share MY PS3s at my house won't have any thing to do with games sharing. Game sharing is other users are using your content where you dont live with out your pressence. Back to topic yea download speed were for example its only BT in the UK.. Is still bad. it is why 1080p movies. real PCM WAV Audio is not used , that combined most users can't tell the difference. and there "fibre" system is a joke. FTTE not FTTH what a waste.
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well it has 471 ratings on the PS store, don't you have to buy it to rate it? If so that means at least 471 people have bought it, and who knows how many people didn't bother to rate it! :O

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chalky83 wrote:

well it has 471 ratings on the PS store, don't you have to buy it to rate it? If so that means at least 471 people have bought it, and who knows how many people didn't bother to rate it! :O


I think the 471 includes anyone that download the trial though as you can rate of the back of that. So I reckon the double figures is still correct. But that still means there are at least 10 complete mugs out there somewhere (or more money then sense!)

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