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Digital game releases are failing the player

Alpha tests don’t work, promised content is shelved and preloads have to be deleted. Console digital distribution is a mess, says Matt Martin.

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  • Xbox One allows you to play the game as it digitally installs

    Xbox One will allow you to start playing a game as you download the title digitally. This is according to confirmation on the matter from Microsoft, which was alluded to before during the console’s unveiling in May. Like PS4, Xbox One will allow users to play a certain portion once enough data is downloaded. The […]

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  • The House of the Dead 3 now available on PSN

    SEGA has announced the launch of The House of the Dead 3 on PSN. The HD release of the classic horror arcade shooter has been fully updated with trophies and Move support. Newly added features such as interactive “rescue events”, and a ranking and grading system that tracks each agent’s shot accuracy as well as […]

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  • THQ expects its digital offerings to continue doubling

    CEO Brian Farrell said during THQ’s call to investors last night the firm expects its digital sales to double next year, and continue to grow from there.

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  • GameStop to start selling DLC at stores next year

    GameStop customers will soon be able to purchase DLC via the retail chain, and the service will be start being tested early next year. It will work in conjunction with Xbox Live and PSN, so when the customer learns of the new DLC while shopping, they can purchase it then and there, and go straight […]

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  • Weekly PC sales for D2D and Steam, August 8 - DoWII, Champions Online

    Digital download sites Steam and Direct2Drive have released charts for week ending August 8. Looks like Dawn of War II led the group over on Steam, with the Aion Collector’s Edition pre-sale still going strong. Over on D2D, Champions Online preorders have taken over, with Fallout 3 and the Sims 3 still doing well. Here’s […]

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  • PC digital download market will be worth $1 billion in 2009

    Dorian Bloch, GfK Chart-Track director, expects the digital download market for PC to be worth over $1 billion in 2009 thanks to services like Direct2Drive, Steam, and Metaboli. Bloch estimates the market accumulated close to $600 million last year, with publisher’s relishing the idea of including sales number’s in GfK Chart-Track’s data. “This is a […]

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  • Full-game downloads to account for 50% of console sales by 2019, says Pachter

    Full-game downloads will only account for 50 percent of console sales by 2019, according to the massive report Michael Pachter sent over yesterday. The Wedbush Morgan Securities novel reckons that full downloads won’t happen until console drives get bigger. Games can exceed 10Gb and most Xbox 360 consoles in homes have only 20Gb hard drive […]

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  • Survey says: 47% of PC purchases are digital downloads

    Rock Paper Shotgun has published results of a 2,000 participant strong survey asking just how many PC game purchases are made over the counter or are digital downloads. The result? A whopping 47 percent of those who took part don’t even leave their chairs when buying a new game for their rigs. The results also […]

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