The news that Sony’s PSP Go will dispense entirely with the traditional physical distribution of games and other content in favour of digital delivery, not even including a disc drive, has filled game retailers with terror and anger, for they see the writing on the wall.
Plenty of those involved in the retail trade have expressed consternation at the move, and a representative voice is heard from one shopkeep below:
“With this PSP Go and its download only system, is Sony saying they don’t need us in the retail distribution channel? We’re no use to them?
But we’re business partners aren’t we? Shouldn’t there be some way we can improve distribution? If they go ahead specialialist shops are going to be in trouble. My own motivation is really suffering from all this uncertainty.
Has the time come for us to have to think of getting out of the business completely?”
Some retailers seem to have deluded themselves into thinking they are partners and not merely a distribution channel for products…
2ch is unsympathetic to the plight of these poor shopkeeps being ground underfoot by the wicked giant Sony:
“There’s no need for them so there’s no helping it.”
“You’re not needed.”
“Amazon’s there too, there’s no need for retail shops.”
“If your shop can take orders 24/7 and deliver to the customer’s home in 10 minutes I think there may be demand for you.”
“There’s just no need to buy games at shops anymore. You can order games online with free delivery and check they are in stock. Second-hand titles aren’t that cheap anyway, either.”
“If you’re going to sell downloads at least drop the price $15 or so…”
“It’s true that the age of physical retail is over, but it is also true that the PSP Go isn’t going to sell well.”
“Hurry up and change occupations…”
“What’s this going to mean for kids on their birthdays? Before it was ‘Here son, open your present!’, now it will be ‘Here son, let’s download together!'”
“This is the end of the market for used games.”
Via Itai News.
Clearly, consumers are not entirely ignorant of the fact that this represents the fulfilment of the long held wish to eliminate the market for second-hand games… However, otherwise it does not seem likely that many will mourn the loss of grubby little game shops and overpriced retail chains.