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Pachter: "No chance in hell" games will go download-only soon

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Speaking on the latest version of GameTrailers show Pach Attack, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has said he thinks retail games going download-only won’t happen any time soon.

"No chance in hell," said the analyst on the matter.

"We are not going to have a mandated download as long as we have any device that is not connected to the internet.

"With PCs you probably have around 95 percent of them connected to the internet. But with the Xbox 360 it’s probably two thirds, the PS3 it might be as high as 85 percent and the Wii, my guess, is below 50 but probably closer to 35%.

"So it’s all the guys who are not connected, the 35 percent of Xbox 360 owners and the 65 percent of Wii owners, that are going to keep games from being made mandated downloadable. If you mandate that you are going to eliminate all the customers that aren’t connected to the internet."

Pachter also went onto say that he doesn’t see games going download-only until “90 percent of households have internet connectivity,” which is something that won’t happen until “at least 2020” according to the analyst.

You can watch Pachter’s full show here.

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