Current-gen consoles in more than half of nation's homes - Nielsen

New data from audience measurement firm indicates Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii in 56 percent of nation's homes; 39 percent own an iOS device.

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If there was any doubt as to whether or not gaming is a major hobby for Americans, it's now been laid to rest. New survey data from media research firm Nielsen shows that 56 percent of United States households own an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii.

There's a good chance your neighbor has one of these.

The company's recent survey results, which were spread through Twitter, also indicated that in the past 12 months, time spent gaming has increased 7 percent. According to Nielsen, tablet and mobile gaming drove the increase.

However, Nielsen's survey shows that not all platforms enjoyed a surge in play time. According to the company, time spent playing the Wii was down 22 percent over the course of the past year.

As for mobile gaming, Nielsen found that 39 percent of American homes have an iOS device, and close to 50 percent of children aged 6-12 own a Nintendo DS portable.

Looking into 2012, Nielsen prognosticated that major trends in the upcoming year will be digital monetization, cross-platform play, and the growth of living room entertainment through connected devices.

Discussion

94 comments
PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@lithus "the only thing I find "interesting"...is that you say "interesting" a lot like you're really going somewhere with a point" Quote how many times I say the words "interesting" except in that one comment of mine. And I DID have a point. In case you didn't understand it, I will repeat it for you, since you are a special case. Apparently I have to become a politician and speak in general terms to avoid you people going haywire over my comments. "FYI no one thumbed down that comment because he didn't start out by bashing anyone elses opinions acting like a know-it-all, as you seem to do here" How is my initial comment "The percentage of households having a PC is even higher...:" is bashing anyone's opinions? wow you are THAT insecure? grow up. And how the hell does that comment come across as "know-it-all"? silly man. I dont need to debate anything per se. But I WILL respond to silly comments to me and defend my integrity if I have to.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@Gravity_Slave "its painfully obvious you come into a topic and will argue against anyone you can" No, I make a comment or a statement and get a whole bunch of whiny emotional responses back. And I only open my mouth when I can defend what I am saying. I don't necessarily argue with each and every one of you. I have replied to every single person who replied to me. I have to keep track and I am making it fair for everyone, think of it as a trail at court. "You are a truly sad individual." irrelevant emotional mush. You dont know anything about me. Grow up, noob. 'I actually feel sorry for you" And GamerLegend10 feels sorry for you. Good job. "It must be lonely being so self absorbed and self loathing at the same time" silly personal mush. No substance or meaning. Grow up "Do you really want to be a virgin into your golden years?" I lost my virginity to a 25 year old black girl when I was 19 back in 2006. Since then I had about 7 girlfriends. I have videos and photos to prove that actually. But I could care less if you're a virgin or not because I could care less about your life or your sexual experiences. This is a gaming website, idiot. Bring on the yo mama jokes.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Since when has asking a few questions been insulting? I clearly have not been offensive to anyone (except in my last comment) and yet i get idiots trying to make me out as if i have...and then a bunch of even more idiotic people agree. Seriously messed up, try learning to read before expressing your dumb opinions

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Gravity_Slave Wtf? im hardly even arguing, more like explaining myself, i dont think you even bothered to read most of my comment...you assume my comment is offensive and thumbed me down and then randomly tried to insult me about using a GTA pic??? how can profile picture of a game, on a gaming website become a target for abuse? and how is that offensive and unnecessary? you make it out as if it is ironic, but you obviously dont know the definition of the word...oh and it s an AK47...such a complete idiot. A picture of a game is not offensive you dumbass, but calling someone gay is...you must be a very confused person. Even when i try to be reasonable i get it thrown back in my face. Pathetic...i feel sorry for you.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@GamerLegend10: Im not going to argue with you any more. I made my point. ( lol, the guy with a GTA gangsta pic holding an AK74 finds me "offensive and unnecessary"...thats rich). but i'll tell you what, i'll remove that last bit, since you seemed so sincere. ha too much.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Gravity_Slave "1st off i've dealt with you in the past, you've done nothing but make flailing attempts to contradict the obvious for your own twisted personal reasons" wtf are you on about? "2nd, read what that dink peterduck went on about earlier (PC Vs Consoles)" Im not taking sides, and i dont agree with what peterduck said (i never once said that i agree with him (and i dont know why i got so many thumbs down just for responding to him)). It has nothing to do with him, i was just questioning your comment thats all...you seemed to be saying that consoles are nearly as good as PC's in every way (or at least that is how i understood it), but that is a ridiculous claim. I did not mean that you disagreeing with him is wrong...i even questioned him earlier if you would please take the time to look, before assuming im defending him, which i am not. "its painfully obvious you come into a topic and will argue against anyone you can...much like GamerLegend10" Im not coming here just to argue, in fact i much prefer to avoid arguments. My comment was no attack against you, i did not flame you, or troll...i just confronted what i thought to be an illogical way of thinking. I think perhaps you misunderstood, i truly meant no offense... "you and GamerLegend10 were made for eachother. maybe he can help you "come out" and solve that problem of yours" ...but i do find this very offensive and unnecessary.

lithus
lithus

@PeterDuck- the only thing I find "interesting"...is that you say "interesting" a lot like you're really going somewhere with a point. FYI no one thumbed down that comment because he didn't start out by bashing anyone elses opinions acting like a know-it-all, as you seem to do here. You remind me of those Trekkies that will debate the most subtle episodic detail down to the molecule to prove your point, but in the end no one but you and the other poor shmuck give a crap. just sayin...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@GamerLegend10: 1st off i've dealt with you in the past, you've done nothing but make flailing attempts to contradict the obvious for your own twisted personal reasons. Get off on it..who know? 2nd, read what that dink peterduck went on about earlier (PC Vs Consoles) I never said Consoles were turning into PC's, only that they were getting better. End of point. (i know, hard to grasp). @PeterDuck: its painfully obvious you come into a topic and will argue against anyone you can...much like GamerLegend10. No matter what anyone says or does, you actually make it a point to argue with each and every one of us. You are a truly sad individual. I actually feel sorry for you. It must be lonely being so self absorbed and self loathing at the same time. Might wanna work on that. Do you really want to be a virgin into your golden years? (thats not a flame, its an honest assessment, we both know im right).

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@PeterDuck I already said that i wasn't questioning that particular comment of yours....and i dont have a problem with people having opinions & preferences, its only when that turns into hate for anything else that i find it wrong (I dont know whether you are so biased or not, but that was the point of my question).

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I wonder what percentage people play more? Xbox360,PS3,Wii, PC? That would be interesting. Poll the consumers that own all of them, then see which ones they spend more time gaming on. My 360 seems to still get the slight edge over my PS3, and since starting the Witcher 2, it has become very addictive! So it's a close race for me. All and all it really is hard to miss out on any of them if you want to experience the best games across all platforms. Just spending the $$, that part sucks.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@GamerLegend10 @paranormalnut @Gravity_Slave @moviequest14 @ShadowofSonic @constantterror @XanderZane it's interesting that a user "darkcomedian" has commented on this page with: "It would be interesting to see how many have current-to-next gen PC's." and didn't get a single thumbs down. interesting. So I guess in order for me to "please this crowd" and not have you go haywire over my comments, I need to be as general as possible and not show any appearance of taking sides. Basically, I need to become a politician and not speak my mind. Very interesting.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@paranormalnut You're making the claim. so YOU have to look into that and cite it. That's how it works. You don't make a claim and then tell the other person to go check if it's true or not.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Gravity_Slave Im not siding with PeterDuck, but your whole argument is that consoles are turning into PC's....now please tell me, what is the point in that??? you might as well buy a PC which does it all, but better. I get what you are saying and you are in some ways correct (except that consoles only need a fully functional web browser(there is so much that they still cannot do and never will)), but i hate these changes...the whole point of a console is to a have a device purely dedicated to gaming, which allows you to play games at there best yet is affordable...not to slowly evolve into a PC...its pointless, we already have PC's...what is the point in having something like a PC, when you can just have a PC? it makes no sense.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@PeterDuck Happen more than once. You might wanna look into that.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@Gravity_Slave oh jesus. I stopped reading your comment two sentences in. I DID NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT PC GAMING in my initial comment and I'm not going off subject any longer.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@PeterDuck: paranormalnut is right, no matter how much it hurts to hear it. Think about it. Go into any game retailer and look for the PC game selection. Hard to find isnt it? Thats because its on that little bottom shelf in the back. Now look at the rest of the walls. Filled with console games. Used to be the other way around 15 years ago. You honestly call that a strengthening trend? It used to be that PC gaming had so much over consoles then. Consoles weren't much more than a single player machine and sometimes split screen if you had a big enough TV. But now consoles can do almost everything that a PC can do. Go online, stream movies/TV, storage, game updates and add ons. The only frontier the consoles have yet to explore is a fully functional web browser. And guess what Peter? That's definitely going to happen. So you can sit there waiting for Diablo 3 for the next couple of years (if it ever comes out) waving your "PC roxorz!" flag in defiance..........................................................................................................................but rest assured, the technological gap between PC and console is closing fast. And you my friend are going to be left holding that paper weight you call a gaming rig.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@paranormalnut uh-huh. okay. cool whatever P.S. "PC game kicks the crap out of video cards that are not even out at this time" that only happened once with Metro 2033.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@PeterDuck No, I made my point. And to push the point, there is gonna be less PC's in home because of cell phones and things like Ipad. As you can see by the numbers, PC's foot hold is getting weeker. Yes games on PC are better. If you have the cash to keep up with it. It wont be long before another PC game kicks the crap out of video cards that are not even out at this time. No one (more like most) wants to spend 300-500 bucks on a video card when they can just buy a game system and know it will play games for 7-10 years before the next one comes out. At this point game systems and cell phones can do what comeputer can do. movies, games, and networking.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@moviequest14 I didn't say 50% of people bought consoles for netflix, I wasn't mentioning anything about buying. But a few months back GS covered an article wherein a little more than 50% of console owners in general used consoles primarily for netflix. "especially considering you can actually get a netflix box for live streaming instead." that's besides my point about half the people using CONSOLES for netflix. "the pc isn't made for gaming" I never said it was. "[pc]gaming is one of the features provided...one of the literally hundreds of features" I mentioned that before. No need to be redundant. "Gaming systems however have the primary focus of gaming" I've never argued otherwise, but I did point out the netlix thing. "Few people actually buy a console JUST for facebook or a browser" I never said people did. Quote me if I did.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@PeterDuck : Where are you seeing that? While that is a good point...I seriously doubt even 50% of console buyers bought it for netflix..especially considering you can actually get a netflix box for live streaming instead.This is the same as how I feel about ios..the pc isn't made for gaming..gaming is one of the features provided...one of the literally hundreds of features.Gaming systems however have the primary focus of gaming..features like Netflix,browsers,facebook,etc. are just bonus features included.Few people actually buy a console JUST for facebook or a browser..do things like netflix help system sales? Probably...but not enough to effect 50% of sales.If people were just buying systems for netflix it would only make sense that they would get the cheap(est) system...yet wii time has decreased instead of increased.''Consoles are fair game when it comes to gaming as well as watching Netlifx. PC's are too.'' that is indeed one thing we can agree on.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@GamerLegend10 Ok cool I'm not on this website to be liked or to care about thumbs down. If I did, I'd have a facebook account and hang on that website instead.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@moviequest14 Re-read what I wrote. I was referring to the IOS that people use AT HOME to play games on, not on-the-go (and that's what the article was referring to as well). People use consoles for netflix as well; wasn't it like 50% or something? So when asked about having a console maybe half of people were referring to and thinking OF watching netflix rather than playing games. PC wasn't mentioned at all so I threw it in, so to speak. "The reason pc's aren't included is because the amount of pc's doesn't represent the amount of people gaming on pc's" And I wasn't implying or referring TO PC gaming. Consoles are fair game when it comes to gaming as well as watching Netlifx. PC's are too.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@PeterDuck : What I'm saying is..if we could get a total of pc games that are used for pc gaming that would be one thing.But it is pretty safe to say that the majority of pc's aren't used for gaming purposes (or if they are..only for a couple games) this is comparing systems/hardware for gaming purposes.Almost everyone that owns an ios device does play games on it..but many,many,many pc users never even touch a pc game besides farmville and flash-bejeweled.I play quite a few pc games but I wouldn't consider myself a ''pc gamer''.The reason pc's aren't included is because the amount of pc's doesn't represent the amount of people gaming on pc's...the people who took the poll were probably very mindful of pc's..but it would be impossible to take a fair poll of how many pc's are actually used for gaming.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@moviequest14 Toasters are not in the same category as consoles and IOS, but PC is. I wasnt implying PC gaming because I know that in the US PC gaming is not as preferable as consoles. "of course there are more pc's than consoles...but only a small fraction of those are used by gamers for gaming" Duh, I wasn't arguing otherwise. "you are saying that you aren't talking about pc gaming but just pc's in general? That is even more irrelevant." Yes, because PC's, like the consoles and the IOS can be used for various purposes including gaming. I seriously doubt that many people play IOS at home as much as consoles or PC. But PC was not even mentioned, so I threw it in there to sort of "complete" the article.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Got all of em, but my 360 still gets the most playtime. Recently upgraded my son's computers, so it's finally added to the gang of gaming machines in the home. The Witcher 2 is stunning!! I do think there is probably more PCs in homes, but I'm not sure about those being gaming PCs.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

@GamerLegend10 I think you meant @PeterDuck, sir. I have never played a game on PC.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@PeterDuck Im not insecure, i just asked a simple question...and it wasn't about that single comment of yours, but rather your comments in general. It really doesn't matter if you do prefer PC gaming, everyone has preferences, i even think it is better in a lot of ways (even though im primarily a console gamer)...i was just curious thats all, no need to get all stressed & defensive about it.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@PeterDuck : Toasters are also a more common household item then consoles too...should I comment about toasters? You are obviously implying pc gaming.The reason why pc's aren't mentioned here...whether more or less common than consoles...is that there is no real way to actually determine what each pc is used for..of course there are more pc's than consoles...but only a small fraction of those are used by gamers for gaming (out of the massive amount of overall pc's in use)...you are saying that you aren't talking about pc gaming but just pc's in general? That is even more irrelevant.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@ShadowofSonic stupid much? that's hilarious, man.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

@PeterDuck :lol: Elitist much? That's sad, man.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@moviequest14 I simply pointed out that that PC is probably a more common household item than the consoles, the WII or the IOS, so yeah I kinda had to point it out since GS didn't. Period. I didn't bring up PC gaming in this article nor did I argue in defense of PC gaming, so your point there is moot. Your reference to Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia indeed has nothing to do with the subject, unlike the PC point that I initially brought up. Any questions?

moviequest14
moviequest14

@PeterDuck : Since we are studying psychology...why is it you feel you have to bring pc percentages (whether true or not) into an article that doesn't even have the word pc in it? Is it because,perhaps,you feel that you have to prove to yourself and others that you made the right decision in your unwavering support of pc gaming? That you feel,if you don't randomly bring up pc stats that aren't even fact but just what you guestimate that people will forget about pc gaming? Maybe you feel as though it is your responsibility to bring up pc gaming whenever there is an opportunity because someone might forget about pc gaming or your stance about it? I could say that Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words...that is 100% true...but it isn't relevant so why say it?

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@paranormalnut @GamerLegend10 @ShadowofSonic @constantterror @moviequest14 @XanderZane Wow, you people are so insecure. All I had to do was mention that there are probably more PC's in US households than consoles and you all went haywire as if I were saying they were playing PC more than consoles. It's so easy to trigger your psychologies. p.s. I am used to taking thumbs down for stating facts. Facts don't stand a chance against hurt feelings, delusions, egos and wishful thinking.

monson21502
monson21502

i have em all. 2 of the 360 and ps3.but my 60 gig ps3 got ylod . and my 20 gig 360 disk drive broke after i spiked my 360 to the ground in anger. but it can still be used for netflix, or to play my arcade games :)

digi-demon
digi-demon

Ah.. does this report also detail the average dust levels gathered on each console? and that also that 99% of gamers couldnt give a ratsass. @Jebril Does the SNES count as redneck next gen or current gen? :lol:

Henninger
Henninger

I bet that number is even higher than stated.

Jebril
Jebril

It's probably less, think about rednecks (no disrespect here), old people, untech savy people who don't have a twitter. They probably don't have recent game consoles in their house either.

X-RS
X-RS

Not sure why, but a lot of pepolpe didn't like the green/orange Halo 3 console. Next to the mother of pearl consoles, it looks the best imo.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

I'm proud to be in the 56% and not in the 39%.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I love how they come up with these results. I never got surveyed... and many others that don't waste their time on Twitter weren't surveyed. So basicly, 56% of Twitter users have a gaming console. Lets put things in perspective.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

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Marky360
Marky360

Well I'm glad to see that gaming is no longer considered a hobby for Nerds Unless that 56% is made up entirely of Nerds o_0

XanderZane
XanderZane

@PeterDuck The percentage of households having a PC is even higher.... ************************************************************** Yeah, but the number of people with these PC who don't game is even higher then the number of game consoles in gamers homes worldwide. How many PCs and laptops are sitting in businesses, briefcases, laps, tables and everywhere else with no games being played on it on a daily basis? Millions and millions.

XanderZane
XanderZane

2Syk0_k03r lol consoles You can keep your sales. I'll take 60 FPS, the best graphics, and the best games any day of the week. **************************************************************** That's your opinion and opinions vary. Also consoles have FPS that are 60fps as well. PC actually has more crappy games on it then any other platform, including the Wii. :P

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Syk0_k03r What games are these you speak of? The way I see PC has by far the worst pick of them all :?

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

56% of americans like gaming? maybe politicians should take note?

moviequest14
moviequest14

@HollowNinja : Nice way to bring pc trolling into a conversation where it isn't even relevant.Go troll a page that actually has the word pc in it. @PeterDuck : So I suppose Pc's should be included in television sale polls because pc's play hulu too right? It's a safe bet to say in a neighborhood with 20 families (all with pc's) AT LEAST 12 of those just use it for web browsing and definitely not for dedicated hardcore gaming.

moviequest14
moviequest14

To be honest..I'm surprised the percentage is that small...literally everyone under 30 that I know owns AT LEAST 1 current-gen system.Most own a wii and either 360 or ps3...portable devices are much less common however.