With the growth of digital gaming and services like Steam on PC physical copies of the game may sometimes feel a thing of the past, but to some they are still important. This can be the case especially when it comes to collector’s editions of the game.
When it comes to Fallout 4, an example of why people want a physical version comes with the Fallout Anthology collection, which has a space for the latest game inside the Nuke case. When it comes to disc versions of the game, the question of activation also comes to mind, and this was raised to Pete Hines, the Vice President of Marketing and PR for Bethesda on Twitter:
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) August 5, 2015
While the answer is simple and short it does confirm how the game will be activated, and that is using Steam. Even with this being the case, the game can still be installed from the disc (or discs) allowing the bypass of the long download times that are expected with the latest game releases.
As a user of Steam I often take it for granted that games will either be bought or activated through Valve’s software now, but this isn’t always the case. Other options include GOG Galaxy (The Witcher 3), EA’s Origin and Ubisoft’s Uplay. We should probably add Microsoft Store to that list too now though it has still yet to be accepted over the likes of Steam.
Is activation through Steam bad news? Or just something that PC gamers have come to expect? Let us know your thoughts below.