If you’re in the market for a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One console, and you prefer physical discs, you may want to shop at GameStop.
The video game specialty retailer will no longer carry console bundles that offer digital copies of games. Buyers may still get their games, but only in the form of physical discs.
Since the Xbox One and PlayStation debuted nearly two years ago, Microsoft and Sony have periodically offered free games to entice console buyers. Most of these games have come in the form of digital download codes rather than discs. GameStop has sold many of these bundles, but will no longer do so going forward.
Following GameStop’s earnings report, analysts at The Benchmark Company downgraded GameStop shares to “sell,” arguing that, within five years, almost all video games would be downloaded — effectively rendering GameStop’s business model obsolete.
GameStop’s refusal to carry digital bundles may be interpreted as a desperate move — a fleeting ploy to head off an inevitable transition.