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They’re incredibly convenient. You can buy and install digital games from your console or PC without even leaving the couch. Plus, many digital games can be “pre-loaded” once you’ve pre-ordered them, meaning the entire game will be downloaded and ready to go the second its release date hits. You can even buy digital games via the PlayStation and Xbox mobile apps and have them installed and waiting for you by the time you get home.
You’ll never lose them. Physical media is nice and all, but it can be lost, stolen, or — if you have pets or small children — destroyed. Meanwhile, your digital games are stored safely in the cloud, and can typically be deleted and re-installed on any console or PC that your Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or Steam account is connected to.
You get to enjoy cross-buy. Certain digital games can be bought once and played across multiple platforms, which makes ditching physical games incredibly appealing. For example, Xbox Play Anywhere titles such as Gears of War 4, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Cuphead can be bought once and played across Xbox One and PC. Same goes for PlayStation titles such as Darkest Dungeon and Super Meat Boy, which you can enjoy across your PS4 and PS Vita.