The findings of a survey by NPD has found that gamers still prefer the experience of purchasing and using physical copies of games ahead of digital downloads, suggesting that we've still got a long way to go before digitally delivered titles become the norm for everyone.
The survey found that 74% of players in the United States will opt for a physical copy ahead of a digital download - but the caveat is that this is only the case when the purchase price is digital.
This results show an increase in preference for digital formats over last year, with the 2013 findings showing that 21% of players would opt for digital, compared to 26% this time around. That has likely been helped by the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, both of which place a much higher emphasis on digital delivery than their predecessors, and that number is likely to be even higher next year.
In the report, NPD analyst Liam Callaghan said:
Core gamers are really the lifeblood of the industry, spending tremendous amounts of time on their hobby of choice. With the new console generation off to a great start, we can expect the amount of time spent gaming to increase as more core gamers adopt them.
Almost 8,000 gamers took part in the survey which ran between March 10th and 18th of this year.