Full Version of Driver: San Francisco Coming to PSN
Oh how the times are changing. Ubisoft‘s Driver: San Francisco will be offered on the PlayStation Network, along side with the retail version. The news came from the company’s Gareth Edmonson, who reveled the info at a Gamescom panel last week.
No other information has been released, like if it will be available on day-one, or if customers will have to wait later for the digital version. I would also like to know if the publisher plans on releasing the full game on Xbox Live.
Either way, it’s interesting to see companies really starting to experiment with releasing big-budget games as downloads.
It’s looking like publishers are releasing these flagship titles as downloads, so by the next cycle of generation of systems, customers will have the option of either buying the game at their local retail store or online. By sporadically releasing some titles online, consumers should slowly be more comfortable with the aspect of buying games online, which is something major publishers would rather.
By 100% having the ability to purchase any game online, the companies can eliminate boxes, shipping, and other expenses, which should drive profits up.
Along with that, they could also kill the used-videogame business, which also hurts their bottom-line.
If that’s the case, Gamestop has to be pissed.