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We're heading towards a digital age and have been for a while now as far as gaming is concerned, and Sony knows that as well as anyone. According the Polygon, CEO of Sony America Shawn Layden says that the PlayStation Store - Sony's digital marketplace for PlayStation software - is now "the number one retailer of PlayStation software worldwide".

Sales over the PlayStation Network have increased by 47 per cent year-over-year, reinforcing the notion that gamers as a whole are quickly becoming more accepting of digital purchases. To add context, Sony says that PS4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn has shifted 3.4 million copies since it launched earlier this year. And apparently, digital sales account for 915,000 of that total. That's a sizeable chunk, isn't it?

"We thought people would go for the digital store because they didn't want to get off the sofa, get in their car, and go drive and get it,” Layden comments, before admitting: “We underestimated that." Layden adds: "People will get the digital copy because they don't want to get off the sofa and put a disc in the machine.”

How do you feel about digital purchases? Do you prefer discs, or do you like having your games always at the ready on your hard drive? Don't grow too lazy in the comments section below.

[via polygon.com]