You won’t be purchasing physical copies of games anymore. Well, at least not from Origin, EA’s controversial game-delivery system.
“What does this mean for you? If you’re among 99% of our users, absolutely nothing,” writes EA’s Craig Harris. “Your shopping experience hasn’t changed one single bit. 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 beginning April 4th. 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.”
Origin was set up by EA to counter Valve’s Steam digital platform. The service was met with mixed results and continues to cause controversy (i.e. SimCity and Battlefield 4).
One of the key differences between Origin and Steam is the fact that you could buy physical PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 games. That feature is now gone as of April 4.