A reader predicts that the worldwide energy and financial crisis will change video games forever and Xbox will be the one to benefit.As tempting as it is, I don’t want to get into politics here, as it would get away from my central point, but let’s just say that every normal person is going to have a very difficult winter this year, and those less well off… well, I despair what will happen to them.
Given that bleak outlook, worrying about video games seems self-indulgently trivial, but there’s no doubt that working out how to spare some cash for games is going to be a big concern for many in the coming months.Of course, every savvy gamer already has plenty of tricks for getting cheap games, from knowing to wait a few months until after a game’s launch and taking advantage of sales for both digital and physical games.
However, the rise of digital has made second-hand games a niche concern. Everyone loves the convenience of not having to get up to change disks (although apparently waiting an hour to download a game that’s not installed is fine – I never did understand that) but I think now people are going to realise just what they’ve given away by embracing digital so fully.The only other way to save serious amounts of money on games now is Game Pass and, to a much lesser extent, PS Plus Extra and Premium.
Games subscriptions are already popular, but I feel that the growing economic crisis, which is clearly going to last years, will make them such an essential part of a gamer’s life that the whole world of gaming will be changed forever.The reasons are not complicated.Read more on metro.co.uk