Reasons to buy physical gamesYou can sell them back. While you’re stuck with digital purchases forever, physical games can be sold back to places like GameStop, Best Buy and Amazon once you’re done with them. You likely won’t get all of your money back, but you will get some cash to put toward that next big game on your list.
You can lend and borrow them. Want your friend to see how amazing the new Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed game is? It’s a lot easier to hand over your copy than it is to go to their place and install it from the cloud. Also, believe it or not, game rental services still exist. Places like GameFly and Redbox let you try before you buy, and in some cases, keep whatever games you like for an extra fee.
Discounts are more frequent. While both digital and physical games go on sale often, you’ll typically find the best discounts on physical games. Amazon Prime members get 20 percent off new physical releases, as do folks with a Best Buy Gamers Club account. Going physical also gives you the option to buy pre-owned games, which are usually at least a few bucks cheaper than new copies.
You can show off your collection. Sure, going digital saves you shelf space, but for some people, collecting physical game boxes is half the fun. If you want to have a physical collection you can pass down to a child or loved one, it sure would be a lot nicer giving them a stack of actual games instead of the login to your Xbox Live account.
You don’t have to worry about internet speeds. Downloading digital games is convenient, but if you don’t have a good internet connection, you could end up spending all day installing a single game. Meanwhile, physical games install from the disc (or in the case of the Nintendo Switch, don’t have to install at all), so you should be able to get them on your console fairly quickly regardless of how fast your connection is.