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Gamers Still Prefer Physical Discs Over Digital, According to Findings

October 17, 2016Written by Michael Briers


MCVUK has conducted a straw poll asking UK gamers to list their preference between digital and physical games, with a staggering 77.1 percent siding with the latter option.

Data is pulled from the twelfth wave of ERA’s consumer tracking survey, which polls anywhere between 1,200 and 1,800 respondents every quarter. When listing their reasons for choosing the physical alternative, the results showed that 23 percent cite “tangibility,” 16.5 percent point to “permanence and security,” “convenience” comes in at 12.9 per cent, 11.6 percent of users picked “habit,” while the “ability to trade titles for other games” accounted for 7.7 per cent of the threshold.

ERA’s Kim Bayley told MCVUK that, “by far the greatest number of potential gamers are physical buyers who are price conscious and buy only occasionally.”

Below, you’ll an illustration of MCVUK’s findings (click to embiggen), revealing just how far gamers in the UK still sway toward physical over digital. But which side of the line do you fall under?


[Source: MCVUK]