A recent survey by the NPD Group, whose work basically provides the most reliable guidance as to gamer consumer trends, has found that more people are still buying used games than buying digitally. 78 percent of ‘core gamers’ — defined as those who play for more than five hours a week — frequently purchase used games, while only 70 percent buy full digital games regularly.
Both of these stats are beaten out by new retail games, which still sits at 88 percent. Digital continues to make inroads, but, as these figures show, it still has a long way to go to fully eclipse the traditional model. In fact, as NPD analyst Liam Callahan added in the report: “While many core gamers indicate they are purchasing full games and digital add-on content frequently, there are those that stated they have never purchased digital content.”