Discs: The End Of An Era

Times are changing and that is a fact. Long gone are the days of massive disc collections, silver clad and and safely tucked away in their cases or sleeves.

Think back to the last time you bought a physical copy of a game, a movie, or a CD. I personally haven’t touched a physical copy of anything since I found an unopened copy of Baldurs Gate at my local Goodwill a few years ago. The rise of wireless transmission methods such as Bluetooth and wifi, along with digital distribution platforms like Google Play, iTunes, and Steam have made the need for discs and physical copies absolutely nonexistent.

I was at Best Buy the other day and they didn’t even have Windows on a disc. When I bought Windows 10 it came on a nifty little flash drive, with a product key and everything. How crazy is it that after using discs as their main method of distribution for 20 years even Microsoft is switching to something new. That’s not even to mention the fact that Microsoft has been pushing users to buy more copies digitally and upgrade over an Internet connection since the release of Windows 7 in 2009.

Now I’m not trying to say that physical discs are completely dead. I’m just saying they’re being dragged through the dirt behind a pair of champion stallions to their inevitable death. Jokes aside, there are still some really good reasons to buy physical copies of your favorite media every now and again. Exclusive promotions and limited edition gear for your favorite games, special features and bonus content on your favorite movies, even the occasional free poster with some CD’s. Just recently I bought the Physical copy of Overwatch, so I could get that sick Winston figurine (pictured below).

Isn’t he just adorable?

In conclusion, discs are a passing phase, a soon-to-be relic of computer history. With the rise of digital distribution and the falling cost of flash storage, who knows how soon discs, and disc drives alike, will cease to exist. Have any comments or questions? Feel free to drop a comment in the section below, or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter(@ChimeraComputer). Be sure to like/follow us while you’re there to see all the latest posts and news from Chimera Computers.