Two-Thirds of Gamers Prefer Discs To Downloads

A survey by Ipos MediaCt has revealed that console gamers prefer to buy discs rather than downloading digital copies of games.

The poll showed that as many as 64 per cent - nearly two-thirds - of those surveyed expressed a preference for physical discs over digital copies.

Some of the major reasons for this preference were that gamers wanted to keep a physical collection of their games. Seventeen per cent of console owners said they had not connected their device to the internet.

Ian Bramley, director of Ipos MediaCT said: “I believe the preference for physical discs amongst next-gen gamers reflects the potential value they derive from the pre-owned market, which is holding up the preference for physical”

"Physical games discs have a long and well-established history, which is a deep mindset to change – particularly when gamers build a physical collection as they fear losing digital versions. And in-store browsing is also important to buyers," he added.

When asked what might encourage them to download games, 55 per cent of gamers suggested lower prices, while 27 per cent said earlier release dates.