There’s no room for retail in PC gaming

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I think we can all agree that gaming isn’t quite ready to go all digital. There are still some benefits to having the option to purchase games at retail or digitally, but that seems to be disappearing very quickly. At least, that’s the case for Master Race gaming.

According to research from DFC Intelligence, who handed some findings over to PC Retail, around 92% of all PC games purchased last year were bought digitally. The findings take into account all PC games sold worldwide in 2013, which means that we’re far closer to a digital-only future than you might expect. Or, at the very least, we’re closer to never needing retail again.

As expected, Steam is the primary reason for this, with a robust digital store and sales that give wallet everywhere nightmares. Steam – and many other portals for digital downloads – really make getting into a car and driving to a store for a game seem prehistoric, although there are still some cases where that is the better choice.

Earlier this year I bought Wolfenstein: The New Order at retail on PC, purely because the exchange rate conversion for new titles on Steam is ridiculous at the moment. That wasn’t the case a few years ago, but having the option to still go retail saved me quite a bit of money.

That’s why, despite the inconvenience, there should always be a second option. Still, it seems people aren’t as against a digital-only future as the internet would like you to believe.

Last Updated: August 25, 2014

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