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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:46

EA's Origin says goodbye to discs

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Users of EA's game distribution system Origin will have to get their orders in quickly if they want a physical copy - the company has announced it will cease offering physical copies of games from 4 April.

Origin will be offering digital-only PC games from this Friday, due to a lack of people ordering physical copies from the store.

EA said: "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."

Some users are already annoyed, noting that EA's servers are "not that fast" or that their hard drives aren't big enough to contain all the digital downloads.

Origin, which competes against Valve's massively successful Steam store, launched back in June 2011 for PC and then expanded to Mac OS X platform in February 2013.

In July 2013, EA said Origin had amassed over 50 million registered users, and the company began offering full refunds on its digital games a month later.

Users can opt to return EA titles for either PC or Mac within a 24 hour period if they've launched the game, while those who haven't launched a game have seven days to apply for a refund.

"Digital is fast and convenient," EA said. "Origin’s focus is to give gamers the best experience, and going all-digital will make that possible."

Read the full announcement here.

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