Console games, like PC games have already been doing, are heading toward a download market. Research from Superdata says that the market for just US digital console sales was worth $96 million in October, according to a report from GamesIndustry International.
Some new evidence of this comes courtesy Bungie’s Destiny, released in September for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. While most big name titles, according to the report, average just over 10 percent digital sales, Destiny doubled that, selling one in five copies digitally.
The $96 million above only makes up about a tenth of the digital games market, but we can expect to see digital sales for new releases continue to grow. The real key for continued growth in console games, though, will be the long tail on releases. While the PC gaming market, led by services like Steam and GOG, is driven by frequent sales and price drops, consoles are still playing catch up with regard to dynamic pricing. Services like Microsoft’s Games with Gold, Sony’s PlayStation Plus, and EA Access are all helping move sales forward, but they have a long way to go to catch up.