With digital downloads and broadband speeds on the up, Satoru Iwata predicts that it'll be some time before retail hits the dust.
Speaking to investors, Iwata stated he feels that full game releases via digital distribution still requires a significant amount of time - give it a couple of decades, instead of a few years. Some feel that within 5 years barely anyone will purchase titles from retailers, but instead just getting their copy off the 'net, but could that ever happen? Analyst Nick Parker recently claimed that an "iTunes moment" would happen to the gaming world by 2014.
Most radical people even dare to say that retailers will be replaced by digital distribution in no time. But personally, I think it will still require a significant amount of time. In short, in 20 years or so I might say it will have probably changed. But in five years or so, I do not totally agree with opinions that no one will purchase titles at retailers by then. Habits of life do not change such radically and quickly.
Thanks to MCV.
What do you think about digital distribution - do you think it will ever overtake physical releases (in gaming/other media)? If so, how long? If not - why?