A. Console gamers don't get an equivalent of "Steam sales". MS or Sony will "discount" digital games on their respective stores here and there or limited times, but used disc games are, on the whole way cheaper. As much as I HATE GameStop, they are one of the few forces keeping console game costs down at all. Remove discs altogether, and you'll likely be charged the full 60 (which, for digital, makes no sense in the 1st place) on 5 year old games, because, whatcha gonna do about it? B. Media playback. C. Places, as few and far between, where reliable broadband isn't available. This is less and less the case, but is still a reality.