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1 year ago#31
I don't know about less convenient. It depends.

Is the game split into 5 DVDs? Yeah that's annoying, but still probably faster than downloading 20GB of stuff.

Does it require a bunch of patching after the install? That's REALLY annoying...

is the CD Key for it still kept with the disc? If so that's good but if you have to find the slip of paper or whatever, that's annoying...

Does it still require the disc in the drive while you play? Annoying...

In any case, I think DVD drives are so cheap that everyone assumes that you'll have a DVD drive...also there may be extra fees involved in making a Blu-ray and so they'll opt for the cheapest manufacturing methods.

I may not use my BD Burner very often, but I did use it just today... Basically any time I have around 24GB of media files saved I move it to Blu Ray for storage.

It's nice to have when/if you need it but it's hardly a necessity with digital distribution.
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1 year ago#32
TropicMoon10 posted...
A lot of people just need an optical drive to install their operating system. No sense in paying 2-3 times the price for something they'll rarely/never use again.


You don't need an ODD to install Windows.
1 year ago#33
HighwayPilot posted...
Even DVD installs are a lot faster than downloading and install a 5GB+ game.

I can download like, 10-15GB an hour (and I've done that--this isn't theoretical max) . Some games take upwards of 20-30 minutes to install from DVDs, even longer if you have to keep swapping out. Clicking the game in Steam and download is, in many cases, faster than installing via a DVD.

And then if you factor in ordering disc copies by mail or driving to a store and getting them, then driving back and installing...Downloading is a HELL of a lot faster than DVD based games.
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1 year ago#34
Lvthn posted...
You don't need an ODD to install Windows.


I know, but some would rather shell out 20 bucks for convenience and pop in the disc than copy to a USB drive and etc.
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1 year ago#35
Bazooka_Penguin posted...
I wish OEMs would remove ODDs completely from laptops. It's a waste of space. The same space could be used for extra battery packs. Then again, these are the same dinosaurs that keep putting 1366x768 in laptops


agreed

in 2014 you still can't get a new laptop with a 1080p screen for $600 or less
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1 year ago#36
I'm gonna say what i'm sure a dozen people have already said.

I haven't used an optical drive in years. Flash storage is cheap. Hard drives are cheap. Everything nowadays is wifi connected. Streaming is a thing.

If I had to choose between a single extra usb port (even v2.0) and an optical drive, I'd choose the extra USB port.
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1 year ago#37
cancerstorm posted...
Bazooka_Penguin posted...
I wish OEMs would remove ODDs completely from laptops. It's a waste of space. The same space could be used for extra battery packs. Then again, these are the same dinosaurs that keep putting 1366x768 in laptops


agreed

in 2014 you still can't get a new laptop with a 1080p screen for $600 or less


Yet you can get tablets and phones with 1080p screens (or even higher) for around $600. Someone needs to pull an Oppo on the laptop market and release a laptop or ultrabook with a stupidly high resolution screen at a price that isn't stupidly high in price.
1 year ago#38
Blu-ray RW drives are still too expensive, so DVD for now.
1 year ago#39
I don't have a disc drive at all.
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1 year ago#40
Capacity? Yes. Faster? Nope. Blu ray was made with data streaming in mind and is much slower for jump seeking all over the disc.
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