Well, we could've told you that.
A new study from the NPD Group (as cited by GameSpot ) confirms that the majority of core gamers in the US prefer physical discs as opposed to digital media.
In fact, 74 percent of participants said they'd opt for the physical disc instead of a digital download.
However, it's important to note that last year, 79 percent of respondents said they'd go with physical media, so the percentage is falling. The recent report noted that there are around 34 million core gamers in the US, and each one spends an average of 22 hours per week playing games. For the record, the NPD applied the "core gamer" label to anyone who played at least 5 hours per week on consoles or PC.
NPD Group analyst Liam Callahan said core gamers are critical in the industry:
"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."
Of those 34 million core gamers in the country, about two-thirds (22.6 million) said they also play games on smartphones and other mobile devices. Core gamers also like multiplayer games, as 70 percent play games with others "regularly or occasionally." Although, the way I see it, 70 percent isn't that high; it means that 30 percent are hardcore gamers and almost never go online… Added Callahan:
"Core gamers are an important part of the games industry and understanding their behavior is critical to anyone invested in the games space–especially considering the launch of the new consoles and the continued evolution of digital gaming."
I'm sure that in the coming years, the percentage of people who want discs will continue to decline. Those who grew up with physical will still want it; those who didn't won't care as much when it disappears.