Digital distribution on home consoles for titles that receive large retail releases can be lucrative business model, but immediate availability and large discounts from retailers can put a damper on a company's drive to engage the market on launch day.
Digital availability on release day has primarily been limited to PC, but earlier this year Nintendo announced that all of their first party titles will be available on launch day through the eShop. This service began with New Super Mario Brothers 2 for the Nintendo 3DS and should continue through to the Wii-U.
Today, Sony unveiled the first group of the major third party titles to receive the vastly underused launch day digital distribution scheme for the PlayStation 3 through their official blog.
PlayStation Plus members can expect to receive approximately a 10% discount for NBA 2k13, Dishonored, Doom 3: BFG Edition and Need For Speed: Most Wanted when pre-ordering. 007 Legends will also receive a 10% discount, but the discount will persist through the first week due to inability to pre-order.
Resident Evil 6, Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Assassin's Creed 3 will also be available on their respective launch days, but no discounts are currently scheduled for Plus members.
The digital availability of these titles on release day is a great idea, but the pricing scheme continues to be a major issue across the board as each game will make its home console digital debut at its full retail price of $59.99 ($39.99 in the case of Doom 3: BFG Edition). The pricing scheme initially appears as a drawback, but one of the most overlooked aspects of the digital model as it pertains to Sony is the ability to load one game on multiple consoles
Are you willing to purchase a digital release for widely available titles which are tagged at full MSRP?