Fallout 4 sold more digital copies on day one than at retail

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Like many of you, I pre-ordered Fallout 4. Because buying digitally in South Africa is still largely a hit-or-miss affair, I pre-ordered a physical copy, which was delivered on release day. It seems I’m in the minority. According to Bethesda’s Todd Howard, Day One sales of the best RPG released last year (according to DICE, that is) were higher in the digital realm.

We’ve known for years that as internet speeds have increased, and digital store fronts continued to gain in popularity that we’d be seeing a drop off in retail physical sales, but to have a game as eagerly anticipated as Fallout 4 to actually have its first day digital sales eclipse retail is perhaps a turning point.

“One of the things that is amazing: Fallout 4 sold more day one digitally than at retail,” Howard told GameInformer. “That’s a big change.”

It’s a big change indeed – and it’s one that doesn’t especially bode well for our own, local games industry which operates a little differently to many of the larger territories. Where in the US, a sale is a sale and it’s only retailers who get angry if you buy your games digitally, here we very nearly rely on third party distributors to bring in games and do the marketing around them. Buying digitally here hurts the local market – but that’s really not your problem.

It does trike up a bit of a personal dilemma, because I generally prefer to get my games digitally, even on consoles. I’m not the sort to sell my games, and the convenience of not having to swop discs, along with the relative regularity of digital sales makes me favour buying digital copies.

Tell us! Did you grab your own copy of Fallout 4 through a digital store front, or via a retailer?

Last Updated: February 23, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Pariah

    I only buy digital now because its honestly cheaper and more convenient. There’s never a stock issue, storage isn’t a problem and my wallet is happy. So tbh I can’t justify retail purchases any more.

    • Hammersteyn

      This is true, sometimes I get it cheaper at retail but these days I’d rather wait for a sale

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Venting off some Steam while waiting for a sale?

        • Hammersteyn

          I’ve kinda decided against trading games. I’d rather have it in my library and play it when I’m good and ready. If you buy it at retail you better clear your schedule and finish the game as quick as possible so that it doesn’t lose too much value.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            IKR? Screw that.

            Take your time, you earned it!

            Why rush? Because of some FOMO?

            NO!

            Games are meant to be enjoyed, not to be rushed through

          • Ir0nseraph

            True , and I I now have 4 physical disks left all my other games is digital, I might go retail again if there is a great limited edition.

    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      Except Bethesda games. I don’t buy those on Steam. No ways. Their pricing is terrible.

  • miaau

    I paid R50 more for my digital copy of Fallout 4, for the same reasons as above. I do not want to muck about with disks and whatnot. I would be digital all the way, but, for example, Witcher 3 was R250 cheaper at CNA than digital. R250.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It pays to shop around, particularly if you’re pricing in various currencies.

    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      I paid R400 for Fallout 4 physical.
      It’s R800 on Steam.
      I definitely prefer digital, but not when the pricing is a 100% difference.

    • Fox1 – Retro

      Rise of the Tomb Raider was R300 at Game this past weekend. Stock was limited to a few copies per store.

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Yes, digital is better, especially if you cannot resell it

    • Hammersteyn

      How many discs for PC?

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Zer0

      • VampyreSquirrel

        one

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          ..ty four?

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I bought physical, but a couple weeks after release. Ended up costing me R450 thanks to a takealot voucher.

    Edit: Oh and the petrol money to go to Sandy’s house to copy the files XD

  • Hammersteyn

    Physical

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      I told you yesterday, I’ve got you covered!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      • Hammersteyn

        Hehehe the bait has been taken

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I actually disturbed myself. Wow that video is bad.

          • Hammersteyn

            Horrendous, but that’s what our parents used as inspiration if you know what I mean 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You don’t need to make it worse.

          • Hammersteyn
          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            xD

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        They really should delete that holodeck program

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Do you hate Banana Jim that much?

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Well, he was born as a figment of my imagination, and he broke away, so he can GITC for all I care

            😛

  • Captain JJ the “saviour”

    I feel sorry for the South Africans who bought Fallout on Steam
    No, wait, I don’t
    R800 for a pc game is insane.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      I nearly caved in December, BUT I HELD THE LINE!

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        It’s half that price on retail. Bethesda needs to check their SA pricing on Steam. They’re mad.

        • Pariah

          Yeah they are a bit mad. But tbh I’ll just wait until its like R150 before I Buy it. I have too many games on my to-play list anyway, and every month Humble Monthly adds another 6 that’ll take me months to get to.

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            Oh yes. That Humble Monthly has been my best worst enemy. 😀
            Got some awesome games though.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        The line, the line never moves.

  • Darren Peach

    As long as Consoles are a thing, I remain optimistic…………..

  • Fox1 – Retro

    I won Fallout 4 on disc 😛

  • Saitamago

    99% of my games are digital downloads, but Fallout 4 was the exception since I still had a bunch of PS4 games on disc gathering dust which I traded towards the disc copy. Going ahead I don’t see myself buying physical games anymore.

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