BG3 collector's edition came with all of that sort of stuff except, sadly, the game manual...I no longer buy physical editions of anything but if I did, what I'd want most is a big-ass manual with all kinds of goodies, maps, lore, monster stats, etc... but maybe that's really just a 5e handbook or something.
Edit : Consoles still get discs, and PC version nothing. Bad. What do they have that we don't have ?
I believe that this is practically impossible. DVDs would be too small for today's games, so you would need Blu-ray discs (and even those on a high level, namely quadruple layer = 128 GB). How many PCs have a Blue-Ray drive? I assume most new PCs don't have a disc drive at all, at least I had to specifically order one with my last PC. So how could developers distribute physical copies of a game? An external USB hard drive would be the only option I see. On the other hand frequent (and big) game updates are so common today that having the launch version on a physical read-only storage medium would not help much, you would need a good online connection for the updates anyway. So I don't see physical distribution of PC games having any relevance today or in the near future, not even for collector editions.No PC collectors edition nowadays comes with a DRM Free physical version anymore unless it's the console version. Sad this is what PC gaming has become nowadays.
Don’t need optical disks with more space. USB drives are more convenient and everybody has usb.Well, LucasArts/Lucasfilm Games once pushed the envelope by releasing "Rebel Assault" on CD only ... Why not release a game on Blueray only ?
And - why didn't PC technology keep up with what console technology has now ?
I do not believe that internet connection is the best of things ... My guess is that games on discs for consoles would stil have a part to ddownload ... But why did no-one even try to develop optical discs with even more space ? It's to me like ... some kind of lazyness : "everything is online now, so we don't have to put any resources into developing any optical discs anymore." "t doesn't matter to us whether a few archivists want to have archoives of what's contemporary gaming ..." This reminds me of how big music companies were treating master tapes ... like with the huge Universal Fire back then ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Universal_Studios_fire#2019_New_York_Times_report
Mass-distributing cheap software on USB sticks doesn't make sense. Both the cost and the time-to-write of each unit is massively higher. Not to mention the waste of electronics going into hundreds of millions of USB sticks that the vast majority of customers will never even use. Optical discs make far more sense, which is exactly why consoles are using them.Don’t need optical disks with more space. USB drives are more convenient and everybody has usb.
windows is sold on usb drive. I can buy a 64 GB usb drive for $2.50 so a large company could get them for pennies probably. True it wouldn't be as cheap as disc's but disc's on pc makes no sense. Most PC's don't come with optical drives. It's a moot point anyway as downloads are even cheaper.Mass-distributing cheap software on USB sticks doesn't make sense. Both the cost and the time-to-write of each unit is massively higher. Not to mention the waste of electronics going into hundreds of millions of USB sticks that the vast majority of customers will never even use. Optical discs make far more sense, which is exactly why consoles are using them.