To no surprise, Gamestop is happy that the next console generation will have disk drives.
The next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft will be hitting the shelves sometime during the 2020 holidays. We have seen a little taste of what the new hardware can do now that they will take advantage of solid-state drives. On top of that, the new consoles will still use a disc drive and Gamestop seems to be excited about that for obvious reasons.
Frank Hamlin, the chief customer officer at Gamestop told Gamespot (that was confusing) that both Sony and Microsoft are “keenly aware” that consumers still want to take advantage of physical media and have the option to use a disk if they so choose. While digital sales continue to rise year along with subscription programs like Xbox Game Pass and Ubisoft’s newly announced Uplay+, Hamlin says that it is important to still give players the option for physical media.
Plus, as games continue to grow ins cope, the file sizes continue to grow to outrageous numbers. According to Hamlin, disks will still continue to be important to a portion of the gaming audience for a while because of this.
It is no surprise that Gamestop is happy that the two new consoles will include a physical disk drive. Physical disk sales are how they make a bulk of their money. However, I do not think that there is a saving grace for them. I mean, they practically had to give up on selling it because nobody wanted to buy the company. I grew up loving Gamestop but haven’t set foot in one for a while. Something has to change and if not, I do not think they will be around sometime in the near future.