64% of gamers prefer physical copies - Survey

Pre-owned market to blame, reckons Research firm

64% of gamers prefer physical copies of their games over digital downloads, according to a survey by research firm, Ipsos MediaCT.

The survey - published in trade mag, MCV - quizzed over 1000 people and found that 64 percent preferred physical discs for their games over digital copies.

Newspapers followed closely with 63 percent opting for hard copies. On the flip side, music and film were considerably lower, with 45 and 51 percent respectively opting for physical copies.

"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 - this is unlike the music and film markets," said MediaCT director, Ian Bramley.

"Physical game 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.

"In-store browsing is also important to buyers," Bramley said.

Do you reckon this statistic would stand if there was a version of Steam on PS3 and Xbox?