EA's Origin store to stop selling games on discs


— 10:12 AM on March 31, 2014

And the slow slide toward the deprecation of physical media continues.

EA's Origin service is already best known as a purveyor of downloadable games, but right now, the service also sells PC and console discs. Starting April 4, however, those options will disappear. EA announced this morning that, going forward, the "entire Origin game store will be entirely digital downloads for PC and Mac."

What does this mean for you? If you're among 99% of our users, absolutely nothing. 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.

I haven't touched my computer's DVD drive in, oh, probably at least a year, so I won't be sad to see Origin ditch physical media. Perhaps folks in areas with slow and metered Internet connections will feel differently. Of course, as far as I can tell, EA's move applies to the Origin store only. Physical copies of games will presumably remain available at Amazon, GameStop, and the like.

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