Download speeds appear to be part of the reason physical copies are still more popular.
While Sony and Microsoft are actively trying to get gamers to turn to downloading games, over buying physical copies in store, a recent UK survey found players still prefer to buy a disc than get a digital copy. It should be pointed out that the gap between the two is not all that big and it appears a few changes to Internet speeds could bridge that gap.
In the survey, conducted by Broadband Genie, 39 percent of gamers said the preferred to buy a physical copy, rather than download a game. 25 percent said they preferred to download their games. Perhaps most interesting is that a whopping 36 percent claimed they don’t have any preference. That third number is interesting mainly because it feels like the gaming community can be a pretty polarized and decisive bunch.
Take the situation unfolding with 343 and their current lack of a physical copy of the collector’s edition for the upcoming Halo 5. There are enough people there that want a physical copy, the company is thinking about reversing course and offering a physical copy when none were previously planned.
When talking about what is keeping more people from wanting to download a game, 59 percent reported lag, either playing a game, or long download times. The survey did not go into detail as to what was to blame for the online issues, though it should be pointed out that more than a few gamers were reporting download times upwards of 99 hours after the recent release of Batman: Arkham Knight. Even with the online problems arising with a vast majority of gamers, the report also found that a full half of all respondents engage in online play. 65 percent of those said they play between one and 10 hours online.