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Just yesterday, announcements of the PS4 and Xbox 720 being the final consoles created a great stir in the gaming community. But today's announcement may add support to that notion.
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Sony has announced its "PSN Day 1 Digital" Program today which will offer full copies of major releases through the Playstation Network on the launch day. That means that gamers will not need to go to the store to pick up copies of the latest games. They can simply download them. The first titles offered under the service will be Resident Evil 6 and NBA 2K13 as both of these titles Launch of October 2. Other titles that will be offered with the PSN Day 1 Digital program include Dishonored (Oct 9), DOOM 3: BFG Edition (Oct 16), 007: Legends (Oct. 16), Medal Of Honor: Warfighter (Oct. 23), Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Oct. 30) and Assassin's Creed 3 (Oct. 30).
Furthermore, Sony is offering a 10 percent discount on such games as NBA 2K13, Dishonored, Doom 3, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted for an PLaystation Plus members that pre-order said titles.
This clearly indicates Sony's intention of not only have users subscribe to their service but to potentially move away from disk based technology. If their next generation console the PS4 is slated to be cloud-based, then it is likely we will see more of this kind of release strategy in coming years. There is no telling how retailers will react to such a move as many video game retailers depend on used games and promotions for hard copies on new games.
No word on how Microsoft will react to Sony's move. Nintendo, the third competitor in the console race, has the least developed online interface and probably won't join this party in the near future.