That is a given.
Nothing can stop the digital revolution. Movies, books, music, TV, all moved to digital- and the same fate awaits video games too. We’ve already seen this, with Steam, PSN, XBL, and Nintendo eShop (not to mention Google Play and the App Store) gaining significant footholds in the market. And in the future, digital game sales will overtake physical game sales.
That’s what EA CFO Blake Jorgensen believes at any rate. Speaking at a Nasdaq investor briefing, Jorgensen pointed out that digital overtaking retail eventually is inevitable. “Like in books, music, film, and TV, we see that the consumer will ultimately consume [games] digitally. We’re careful to continue to work with our retail partners; they are very important in the mix, but we’re also ultimately trying to be where the consumer ultimately wants to consume the product.”
I guess he is right- as internet infrastructure grows better and storage space on consoles increases, most average customers will have very reason to want a physical copy over the convenience that a digital copy represents. I wonder when that will actually end up happening, though.