More Gamers Buy Used Than Digital

An NPD survey has found that 78 percent of core gamers frequently purchase used games, compared to 70 percent who regularly buy digital games. Core gamers are described as those who spend at least five hours a week playing traditional games on a PS3, Xbox 360, PC, or Mac.

While gamers purchase used games more often than digital games, new retail copies remains the most popular option, with 88 percent of respondents saying they regularly buy new physical copies of games.

In the most recently completed holiday quarter, the NPD found that core gamers spent an average of $129 on new physical games, and less than half of that on used and digital games.

I’d like to see the statistics that apply specifically to PC gamers — I imagine we’d see drastically different numbers.

via GI International

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3 Comments on More Gamers Buy Used Than Digital


On March 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Well, if you factor thepiratebay into the used PC game market…


On March 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Sounds like they might have based their numbers on dollar amount rather than copies sold. The average core gamer spent $129 on average during the holiday season; that’s like 2 console games. I think I picked up 5-10 games during the holiday season on steam for half that amount.


On March 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

Hence why the industry is so eager to kill the used game market. When that happens, and/or when games become digital only, I stop buying games.