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What made Nintendo go with flat cards rather than optical discs for Switch?

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#76 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:44 PM

Yes. The PSN web store didn't exist when digital games first came out on the PSP. They can also be purchased and loaded via a PS3, which is faster and more convenient than using the slow 802.11b from the PSP itself. Awkward, but functional.

Somewhat similarly, you can't buy an Xbox 360 game from the Xbox One store, even though you can browse their backwards compatible games there. You need to use a 360 or the web store.

#77 Austin OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:16 PM

Somewhat similarly, you can't buy an Xbox 360 game from the Xbox One store, even though you can browse their backwards compatible games there. You need to use a 360 or the web store.


I am pretty sure this was fixed a long time ago.

#78 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:17 PM

I am pretty sure this was fixed a long time ago.


Well, I just noticed it last night, so I doubt it.

#79 Austin OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:26 PM

Well, I just noticed it last night, so I doubt it.


It looks like you are right. I just checked a known B/C game (DOOM 3 BFG). It comes up on search but it says it's not available to purchase. However, 360 games actually listed on the Xbone storefront can be purchased fine. Even that was broken a while back.

#80 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:30 PM

Can you actually buy anything?

It's a little baffling. I guess the two platforms are two separate (but linked) systems for some deep technical reason on the back end.

Or we could just do what the Nintendo haters do, and call them idiots.

#81 Schizophretard OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:01 PM

Flojo can have her digital games. Fun fact, if you unboxed a PSP-Go today, there would be exactly zero games playable on it, without resorting to piracy or jailbreaks, because the servers are turned off.

  
Fun fact, if I were to unbox a PSP Go today, tomorrow, or at launch I would likely resort to piracy or jailbreaks anyway. icon_mrgreen.gif





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