Origin Transitioning to Digital Medium; Sale of Physical Copies to Cease Next Week
As of next week, EA’s online Origin service is going to cease providing physical copies of games and transition to a digital medium only that caters to PC and Mac.
“If you’re among 99% of our users, absolutely nothing [will change]. Your shopping experience hasn’t changed one single bit,” notes the announcement. “But if you’re that 1% who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won’t be able to fulfill that need.
“We’ll still be here when you transition your gaming habits to the wonders of digital downloads. Digital is fast and convenient. Origin’s focus is to give gamers the best experience, and going all-digital will make that possible.”
Note that this is only for Origin and not EA, whose titles will continue to be available on discs but at retail stores. The transition will take place on April 4 and until then the store will continue to provide physical copies to those who order them.
EA’s decision does make sense since Origin caters to the PC folks only. Thanks to Steam most of us have already switched to keeping digital libraries. I for one only prefer having a physical copy of a game on a console.