47% of PC game purchases are digital

A recent survey at Rock Paper Shotgun has shown that 47% of all PC games purchased are digital downloads.

According to the survey, 93% of PC gamers have bought a game via digital download over the last year, as opposed to the 7% who buy purely retail boxes. Additionally, 71% have bought over 4 games digitally during the last year period.

These figures aren't surprising, as it is much more viable nowadays for digital downloads, with the always-increasing internet speeds, and the general rule that digital downloads are cheaper than buying retail.

News source: Rock Paper Shotgun

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This is an online poll conducted on a specialist gaming website, the numbers are going to be really skewed in favour of digital downloads. If this survey was conducted in a gaming store, or on play.com I'm guessing the numbers would be different.
Personally, the only game I've ever gotten from a digital download service was TF2 and only because it was free with my graphics card. None of my friends have ever bought digitally and most of them play a fair amount of games.
Everyone I know buys hard copies online because its always much cheaper. Steam is horribly overpriced, at least as expensive as high street stores and always more expensive than online stores. For example, Saints Row 2, on Steam is £34.99, play.com £24.99, sendit £22.89.

CapedCrusader said,
This is an online poll conducted on a specialist gaming website, the numbers are going to be really skewed in favour of digital downloads.

true. But the convenience is undeniable, and the trend is set.