74% of US Gamers Prefer Physical Copies

74 percent of US Gamers Prefer Physical Copies

According to NPD's Core Gaming 2014 report, gamers still prefer physical copies over digital.

74 percent of gamers in the United States said that they would choose a physical copy over a digital one. The number is down from last year, showing signs that digital games are on the rise.

Other stats in the report include the fact that in the United States, 34 million core gamers spend over 22 hours weekly playing video games, with a large percentage playing smartphone games.

Also, 11 percent are putting in 4 hours a week playing portable games. This report is from a survey of over 7,900 gamers ages 9 and up, and was conducted in March.

NPD analyst Liam Callahan added:

"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."