Even if you assumed I had upgraded to a 500 gig disk, at about ~10 to upwards of ~40gigs per game, usually 10, my drive starts to fill up. Fast.
Been there done that...I upgraded to a 500Gb disk about a month after I got my 120GB PS3...While I haven't filled up the disk yet (mostly because I watch usage it like a hawk, and expressly set-up a dedicated server downstairs to alleviate the issue), the major reasons I bought a PS3 were:
- It's multimedia abilities (this was almost as heavily weighted as gaming ability)
- It's internet connectivity
With the first two, disk space is at a premium, especially since I have an HD 7.1 set-up that I spent a pretty penny on and damn it I want to use it!
And I still need to store saves, music, video and everything else.
Just give me discs.
I would be plum out of disc space if I didn't have physical disks, or the media server (go mediatomb!!) downstairs. This way I can use the disk space as per my interests at the time. Not to mention, me being a fan of games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero, I have a tonne of music download that weigh in at 4-5 times the size of a regular MP3 with all the album art and lyrics stored inside it.
The big media MAFIAA needs to wake up and smell the coffee...If you want to sell the digital versions content at the same price as the physical copies, you need to give consumers similar value to what physical media offers...Sure digital media offers quick access and (at least in the PS3's case so far) automatic backup (I was able to re-download all of my purchased content when I upgraded the HDD). But what about all those other advantages that unencumbered digital copies offer, and also that physical media offers....(Many others in this topic have written about them already so I shan't go into it) . Yes unencumbered digital media has risks to it, but so does encumbered media. From what I have seen in my own social circle, me and my friends will regularly download games from Steam when it has those awesome sales, but no other time (it is too expensive, if physical media is available), plus we all have oodles of space to burn up on our PCs. Most of us limit our downloads on the consoles to add-on DLC that is not available on disc. Movies and music are digital copies of the content we have physical media for, or we can get through other means that are cheaper than what you want to charge us, and are NOT stored on the console. So, until you start charging less for "owned" content obtained digitally, then me and my friends will not be providing money into your fat wallets, and if enough people do it, you run the risk of bankrupcy, just like you perceive with unencumbered media.
It's not that I am totally against encumbered media, but be reasonable. So far I am relatively happy with the PS3's encumbered downloads that I have purchased, but I haven't yet tried to change my hardware out, and I have always been able to re-download that which I purchased. I think there is a happy medium to be had here. This is one of the reasons I went with the PS3 instead of the other major console...