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Hi All

I have been waiting for this one for a VERY long time.

I am now at a decision and I would like so community help please.

This is not meant as a competition as I have BS on Steam and DCS: A-10C Warthog + DCS: Black Shark 2+ Combined Arms on ED's E-Shop so launchers don't matter and it doesn't really bother me having a lot of different launcher.

My ask is Eagle Nation what are the advantages of the different platforms if any I just wanna buy the EA module I have been waiting for on the right platform.

 

Thanks for any input.

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just my opinion... if you're going to purchase something why not go direct, why deal the middleman? sometimes it may save you money, but then if there' are problems with what you purchased is the middleman just going to direct you to manufacturer anyway... and do you have to continue to deal with middleman just to use what you purchased because somehow he has some control of what you purchased. 

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I would say stand-alone e.g. not steam, and for simplicity I would transfer your existing steam licences to dcs directly that way everything is in one place for maximum flexibility,

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Steam has way better download speed than the ED servers. Also with the Steam version, the authorization check is processed via Steam servers and not via ED servers. Due to that, Steam guarantees functionality even after the developer/publisher retreats from steam / goes bancrupt. If ED ever stops supporting DCS (i.e. after going bancrupt), the Standalone version will most propably be completely unfunctional and ready for uninstall, while the Steam version will still be functional. At least single player will be. This is IMO the biggest and an unbeatable advantage of the Steam version.

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I started on Steam (well actually I started when the DCS modules were still sold on DVD, but let's not go that far back 😉) mainly because when purchasing on Steam you can both play on Steam and Standalone. Purchase standalone and you'll only be able to play standalone. Also, during sales, modules on Steam are slightly (very slightly) cheaper. Talking like €2,- here.. probably having to do with exchange rates or something..

 

That said, at some point I purchased the Supercarrier directly from ED, because I was under the impression that it wouldn't be available for pre-purchase on Steam (and with that I would miss out on the 30% discount). Turned out it also became available for pre-purchase on Steam a little later... But by that time I was already settled in standalone and didnt care much to go back to Steam. Never regretted going to standalone

 

Note that when you buy directly from ED, they will earn more (no middle man), which allows for more improvements and might help avoiding ED to go bankrupt 😋

 

Anyways... your choice doesn't matter much tbh. ED will probably be happy with any customer, be it directly purchased from ED or via Steam

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I have been using steam because download speed and because steam updates games automatically.

I have thinking to changing standalone because trials, they are only in standalone. Please notice if you are new you will get "All new DCS World users can take advantage of a 50% discount on their first purchase, regardless of whether they buy just one module or the whole library!"

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/personal/licensing/trial/

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Looking at how easily you get banned on such platforms over whatever bullshit is offensive today, how the support especially on Steam is useful as a shaved chimp on a wedding, how such platforms are prime targets for cyber attacks and data leaks, the dependency on their IT infrastructure... i personally buy as few things from 3rd party, especially Steam. All they do is grab a good part of the profit ED makes on a module, i do not see a single benefit over buying via ED they provide that would justify this.

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Not sure why I started with DCS on Steam, but I've been happy with it. 

And I always keep my Steam wallet with a few bucks in it in case DCS hits us with a surprise.

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I agree with most of what's said that goes towards Standalone.
In my experience, download speed depends on where you are. I have better DL speed from ED servers that maxes out my connection sometimes. Steam or Microsoft don't always achieve that.
Last big update for OB took 5 minutes or so with 62MB/s. My connection is 500Mbps.

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There are some reasons for Steam. Even though most people don't care about it or could find workarounds for the pure standalone version, I can list the Steam benefits anyway.

- You can download both the steam and the standalone version on your PC. One version can be used for experimenting with e.g. mods and the other version for proper flying.

- The pilot logs are bugged in DCS unfortunately. So the hours counted by Steam may help to record your playing time.

- If you like to collect your favorite games in your Steam library, then it saves you another desktop icon.

- The way screenshots are managed by Steam are a nice bonus imho.

- The Steam support might help you recover your account, if needed. However, I have never experienced this myself to report any differences between the Steam and ED support.

- Payments might be a bit more convenient with Steam.

- I once needed to install an older version of DCS. For the standalone version I have found a seemingly complicated guide to accomplish this, but with Steam it was very easy.

- While ED receives more money with standalone purchases, their download servers are relieved by Steam servers. I don't know how important that is, but it might be worth mentioning.

 


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Standalone always - especially so you dont suffer like this post from tonight.

There are no positives with being on steam, screenshots, payments all work fine on standalone.  Certianly nothing complicated about installing standalone either so not sure why the last post found it difficult (just download it from ED website).  Also easy to convert, ask if you dont know or check the forum post.

Alot of negatives,

1 Your running another app taking overhead resource when there is no need.

2 No free trials on modules for 2 weeks before you buy.

3 Flash sales that come on ED and third parties are often prior to steam sales (which is why ever time we have people crying about it).

4 Updates are sometimes released onto standalone pre steam (granted not much of a time delay, but its there).

5 No lock out of modules as per the post from today and the numerous issues steam users have had.

6 Have to update on steam, there are on occastions patches that you may wish to not install until a later one.

7) Lastly think about DCS , do you like it? Do you want better content and quicker bug fixing and module variety?  Well this all costs money so why give a large % of your money to steam when you buy a module as they do nothing.  Imagine if all that money was going straight to ED / Third Party Dev's it means they can afford more man hours, which gives us a better product.  Everyone that cries about dev time and how long for this how long for that, ask yourself are you buying standlone modules, if not then have you got a leg to stand on?  No!  Start buying/supporting and thus helping where it matters.  Think.


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Since a plus for Steam was mentioned as possible to have installed together with Standalone on same computer as a different version for testing. I will just mention that you kan have as many versions of DCS installed as Standalone as you like. (Takes space of course). You can even share the Saved Games to have one logbook for them all.
Combined with Skatezilla's excellent launcher tool, launching the different versions is a click with the mouse, and upgrading/downgrading between versions if you only want to install one, is as easy as typing in the version you want.

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On 10/16/2021 at 2:21 AM, VpR81 said:

Steam has way better download speed than the ED servers.

  No, it doesn't. It used to, but not anymore. I use standalone and downloading 50+MB/s as I type. They fixed their servers years ago.

On 10/16/2021 at 2:21 AM, VpR81 said:

If ED ever stops supporting DCS

  When, not if. Every product has a shelf life.

On 10/16/2021 at 2:21 AM, VpR81 said:

(i.e. after going bancrupt)

  Far more likely they'll simply move to a new product. You know... like game devs usually do.

On 10/16/2021 at 2:21 AM, VpR81 said:

the Standalone version will most propably be completely unfunctional and ready for uninstall

  Extremely unlikely, considering that's usually only the case with MMOs. Far more likely (and what happens with virtually every other similar game) is that they simply cease development. They would still sell modules, and the DRM doesn't need ''lots of resources'' that would necessitate complete cessation. You know... like with 99% of other games.

On 10/16/2021 at 2:21 AM, VpR81 said:

while the Steam version will still be functional

  Steam can yank your access at any time they wish, just like any other retailer, for politics, disputes with the dev, whatever. You're not ''guaranteed'' anything, including that Steam will even exist in ten years. If Steam's servers shut down because they lose market share to a competitor you lose ALL your games on Steam, unless they also passed out a oatch that removed DRM or at least continued to maintain it (which they probably would, like usual practice).

On 10/16/2021 at 2:21 AM, VpR81 said:

This is IMO the biggest and an unbeatable advantage of the Steam version.

  Considering this ''advantage'' is completely imaginary, yes, it's pretty hard to beat.

 

 

@OP

  The difference between Steam vs non-Steam is primarily whether or not Steam takes a 30% cut and the launcher you will use. I personally use standalone, so ED and 3rd parties get more money, and then use a non-Steam shortcut to start it (or Skate's GUI, rather) in Steam (for the sake of keeping everything in the same place). Technically if you use Steam, you can use Steam's refund policy as opposed to petitioning ED customer service. Otherwise, there's no functional difference one way or the other.

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