Over the past few years we have started to see digital games take up a much bigger presence in the overall sales of video games. However even if that is the case a new study by the NPD group has found that more gamers prefer to buy a physical disc copy of their games in comparison to digital games. In particular this information relates to gamers in the United States.
In its “Core Gaming 2014″ report, NPD mentions that seventy-four percent of consumers prefer buying the physical release of a title. Keep in mind that digital preferences are nevertheless on the rise, coming in at a five percent increase year-over-year.
Aside from physical versus digital purchases, NPD says there are over 34 million people in the states who average playing games for more than five hours per week on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. These stats are expected to climb up as more PlayStation 4 and Xbox One purchases are made.
I have never fully understood the appeal of buying a game digitally that is available as a physical product. They are often more expensive and I prefer being able to display my collection proudly and that for disc copies are just all around better.
Source: Gaming Everything