Majority Of Gamers Still Prefer Physical Game Copies

Download speeds appear to be part of the reason physical copies are still more popular.

Posted By | On 15th, Jul. 2015 Under News


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.

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  • ShoNuff

    I guess im in the minority. Microsoft needs to find some way to share digital copies though it’s starting to make me angry.

  • Spacemonkey

    It depends on if it’s a console gamer or a PC gamer. I bet if you did a survey of only PC gamers you’d find that the numbers are closer to 75% or higher not using physical media.

  • Eric A. Kugler

    Who buys physical media? The only time I am tempted is when it is a present, but it is so much easier to not have to flip discs.


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