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EA says Mass Effect 2 sales on PS3 have been "meaningful"

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EA head honcho John Riccitiello sounds rather pleased  with the performance of the downloadable PS3 version of Mass Effect 2, which was released the same day as the retail boxed version. He says digital distribution accounted for a "meaningful" percentage of the game's overall PS3 sales, suggesting future day-one digital options could become standard on consoles.

Mass Effect 2 was an important test for the PlayStation Network. In addition to arriving on release day, the download eats up more than 12 GB of hard disk space, but Riccitiello said it still accounted for more than 10% of the game's overall sales. This, he noted, is in spite of EA not pouring any real marketing budget into the game. It's not a huge number, to be sure, but it is certainly not negligible.

"This was really more about proving it can be done than it was proving what the opportunity would be. So an unmarketed game one year after the original was done on the Xbox and the PC, we released the PS3 and managed to do very, very well with it," he said.

Riccitiello said of the people at Sony, "They were very cautious about their infrastructure so it was mostly a technology test." And it looks like they passed with flying colors.

If day-one digital versions were standard (or at least more prominent), do you think your buying habits would change? Most of us here covet the box and tend to hoard things, but perhaps convenience and instant gratification could take over...

[Source: IGN]

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Mar 9, 2011

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12 comments

  • Spybreak8 - March 12, 2011 6:03 a.m.

    People want their entertainment instantly, cough Netflix instant, right. Buy the game or download it off the server, not hard to realise this. What does seem to be hard is the fact that the download version isn't even a discounted version. WTF
  • Anderstmnt - March 11, 2011 7:14 a.m.

    @cart00n: The PS3 & xbox updates sometimes take forever, once my brother was updating a game that was just 4mb & it took 5 minutes for no reason, downloading games on PSN is pretty fast, even on my semi-laggy internet it takes a little under ten minutes to download a 250mb game. so about a 2 hour download wouldn't be too much. oh yeah if you're downloading 12gb games on your system why wouldn't you have upgraded the Hard-drive in the first place? it's just 50 bucks extra.
  • cart00n - March 10, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    Personally, I like having games on a physical medium. Which isn't to say that I don't buy games online - just recently I downloaded BG&E and Torchlight from XBLA - but they're pretty small potatoes when it comes to drive-space. Downloading a game as large as ME2? I just don't have that kind of patience I guess, especially considering the PS3 takes about a week just to download the latest dash update. What if I need the space later? And then, what if I want to play through it again after deleting it? That means I have to wait ANOTHER week just so I can pick up the one or two trophies I might've missed the first time around? Good GAWD no...
  • Shagnasty - March 10, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    Damn, I didn't even know it was on PSN. I would have definitely gotten that version!
  • Sharkbot - March 10, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    In other news breathing is "meaningful" too.
  • mattdark - March 10, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    Im surprised people even bought it online, when it was £10 more then the retail counterpart. Yes, you get the cerberus DLC thrown in, but you also get that when you buy a brand new boxed-copy of the game. Even better, only a few weeks ago, I'd seen the price in stores reduced to £30, so you can save £20 compared to the online version. Videogame Downloads are still far from being a top-rate idea on the PS3, the ease of access to it is good and all, but at fixed, sky-high prices compared to the retail versions, they have a long way to go.
  • spideralex90 - March 10, 2011 2:50 a.m.

    Well releasing it a year after it already had been out for two other systems put it at an already big disadvantage. Not releasing the first game, and making the only way to have a history from ME1 by reading a comic book, also put it at a disadvantage. I expected the numbers to not be huge. ME3 should do better, but Xbox and PC sales will blow it out of the water. tiben36: TROLL ALERT!
  • santaclouse37 - March 10, 2011 2:02 a.m.

    ^troll. Don't feed him.
  • tiben36 - March 10, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    umad Xbox, losing all your exclusives?
  • tiben36 - March 10, 2011 1:52 a.m.

    maybe it will bring EPIC to put Gears of War on the ps3 like they were interested to do last week
  • Daedski - March 10, 2011 12:30 a.m.

    The fact that the digital version costs MORE than the retail boxed version is absolutely ridiculous, and probably accounts for why more people didn't buy it thru the PSN. As long as digital downloads of games costs this much, people aren't going to shell out for them. Even the digital versions of older games like Assassins Creed or Infamous cost WAY more than you pick up a disc version for new in stores.
  • selio - March 10, 2011 midnight

    well I play on PC a lot, so I do day one downloads anyway, but it's good to see it trickling down to the lowly console gamers (kidding, I love my Xbox too)

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