Atari president Phil Harrison tells Edge the next generation of gamers won't lay a finger on physical media. According to Harrison:
There’s a generation of kids being born today and probably already alive who I’m pretty confident will never buy a physical media product. They will never buy a DVD, they will never buy a CD, and they will never buy a game in a box.
That may sound head-slappingly obvious, but is it? That's the trend, sure, but what about the pleasure derived from the physicality of holding a book or a box or setting a maniacally overwrought collector's edition on your shelf somewhere?
Or is that just generationally blinkered on my part?