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In the recently slur of rumours that have been thrown at us by various sources, the term ‘Digital Only’ tends to get thrown around a lot. Basically, it is rumoured that the next generation of gaming consoles may force us to download software, instead of buying it in store. While this is a sure-fire way to decrease costs and manufacture time, but is it really good for the industry to move forward? Read on to find out…

The arguments for converting games consoles to Digital Only are more beneficial for the manufacturers. The fact that they can cut costs almost completely when it comes to the distribution of the software they are publishing makes it rather appealing. It is arguable as to whether or not the content will come at less of a premium to us, however, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Also, the ease of distribution makes life easier for, once again, the manufacturers. Retail stores will no longer be required, meaning that they don’t need to ship hard copies, or bother with having to handle reorders. Basically, they set up the file on a server, make you pay to access it, and away you go.

While this sounds all well and good, there are various implications. The biggest one being the holocaust that would descend on retail game stores. I can’t seem to understand how it would be smart to destroy all the free marketing that is provide by simply having the products in a store. Tell me what sort of kid travels down the virtual isles of XBOX Live, PSN or Steam, asking for anything that catches their eye. It would be stupid to move away from this, as there is less of an audience for games on online store, also letting the biggest selling be the publisher with the biggest marketing budget.

The next argument is purely practical. What appears to be overlooked my so many people is the fact that not all countries have high speed internet infrastructure. Eg. Australia. This means we could be waiting a few hours to download games onto the console. And I’m not a patient person, so…

All in all, I have to say that I’m 110% certain that I’m against converting to online content downloads instead of hard copies. What’s going to fill my games shelf otherwise?

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It is now all but confirmed that Japanese retailers are beginning to phase out the XBOX 360. Poor sales are surely to blame, with games being put in ‘Bargain Bins’ and prices drastically reduced on all Japanese stock. It’s beginning to look a lot like the XBOX 360’s days are numbered in the gaming hub of the world.

As for sales, the 360 sold 1.5 million units in Japan over it’s lifecycle. This may seem like a descent amount, although when you realise that that’s over a 7.5 year life span, you will begin to get the picture. The PS Vita has already shipped between 600 and 700k units in just 3 months of release.

The sad part of the story is, Microsoft invested time and a lot of money into bringing top Japanese titles to this system, and making many of them exclusive. Tales of Vesperia and Star Ocean 4 are both examples of titles that never hit the big time in Japan due to low sales of the system they were designed around.

If you’re Japanese and you own a ‘360 don’t worry, you haven’t got a totally raw end of the stick- games are on sale for as low as 100 yen (1.40 USD). This has basically opened up a world of opportunities for those who don’t own the system yet- cheap system- insanely cheap games. It’s not hard to see why so many gamers are envious of the Japanese.

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Not too long ago, we were hearing rumours of a new console coming onto the market, made by Steam. Dubbed the Steam ‘Box’, it got gamers everywhere pretty excited due to the fact that a new console attempting to break into the Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft dominated market. This would encourage new competition and inovation in the market, with the winners being… us!

Although this has been recently denied by Valve themselves, admitting to building the boxes, but for an entirely different purpose. In am interview with Kotaku, they have said:

“We’re prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we’re building boxes to test that on,”

This is rather disappointing to many, but given the widespread success of the concept, I wouldn’t be surprised if we do hear something about the new console rather soon. Stay tuned to The Gaming Aperture for more news, reviews and opinion, and be sure to subscribe, follow and comment.