Less than half of PS3 time spent gaming - Study

Nielsen examines usage patterns for consoles, finds video streaming, Web browsing, social networking functions on the rise; barely one-quarter of Wii gamers play online.

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With the addition of online-enabled functions like video streaming, Web browsing, and social networking, game consoles are increasingly becoming all-purpose entertainment hubs. The results of a Nielsen study released this week provide evidence of that, as the media-monitoring firm determined that some consumers actually spend more time with a console's extended functions than they do playing its games.

Nielsen breaks it down.

The survey--conducted on a general US population sample of unspecified size--determined that PlayStation 3 gamers aged 13 spent an average of 49 percent of their time with the system playing games. The largest share of nongaming time was accounted for by watching movies on DVD or Blu-ray (27 percent), with downloaded and streaming movie watching accounting for another 13 percent.

Gaming accounted for 62 percent of time spent using the Xbox 360, with DVD viewing trailing at 11 percent and downloaded/streaming services totaling another 16 percent of usage time. Gaming dominated Wii usage, accounting for 69 percent of all time on the system. While the system lacks DVD playback capabilities, movie watching was still a prominent secondary activity, thanks to streaming services such as Netflix that accounted for 20 percent of usage time on Nintendo's console.

The survey also broke down each system's gaming time into online and offline play. The Xbox 360 had the smallest disparity between the two, with 34 percent of usage time spent gaming offline, compared to 28 percent online. Despite the PS3's free online infrastructure, only 19 percent of usage time was devoted to online gaming, compared to offline gaming's 30 percent share. The Wii numbers were the most lopsided, with offline play accounting for 57 percent of time on the system, compared to just 12 percent for online play.

Finally, Nielsen reported the average hours consumers spent using each system. The Xbox 360 topped the list with 4.9 hours of use per week, with the PS3 behind at 4.1 hours per week. The Wii was the least used of the bunch, averaging just 1.4 hours per week.

Discussion

432 comments
Nasimul
Nasimul

To be honest, I use my PS3 mainly for movie watching and occasionally playing exclusives. I'm not gonna get rid of my PS3 though, i spend so much time watching dvds (thanks to their smart upscalling) and blu-ray is just awesome for a movie goer. I'd say in the end i spend about the same time with my PS3 as i do my pc and 360 but i definately game more with my 360...i don't think that's a problem, it's all personal preference in the end.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Sounds about right. That said, Gamespot needs to do a better job at explaining things more clearly. These %'s don't add up. (34 + 28 = 100?). There must be other figures being left out. Also, it's likely a market research firm as professional as Nielsen surveyed more than just 13-year olds. Would be interesting to see the full report/data set.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Dominicobaggio@ Well thank you for the warning. I'm still using DVD, as soon as it breaks I will finally go blu-ray. Never thought I would say it...

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

@DiscGuru101 a really really crappy player for that cost which takes about 2 hours to spin up. Ps3 has 3d bluray compatibility, that crappy internet connection bluray thing no one uses which lets you get more from the films and updates so its always the most up to date bluray player

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

And soon to be even less now that Blu-Ray players are below $100

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I also agree with nonfanboygamer1.None of this matters as long as I can always find a console or two to play awesome games on.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@johnjcoe9198: I agree. There is no way anyone spends that low of an amount of time on any of those 3 consoles.Especially if they're 13-year-olds with nothing but school competing for their time.And as I read this article,I smelled the breathe of a million raving fanboys hyperventilating as they frantically grind their keyboards to dust with their rapid typing of idiocy.

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

Not to mention all the Blu-raysI watch also the new Vudu, Netflix 7 Pix software they gave us. Then I'm also using Vuze & PlayOn a lot on the PS3. Don't get me wrong I have 52 PS3 games & play them a lot too but I also do A LOT with my PS3 beside just playing PS3 games.

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

I'd agree with this somewhat. I'm on my other os, PSLife or PSHome a lot, instead of gaming on the PS3. Although on my PS3 I have Firefox, 60k roms with 20 emulators aka Zerogame.com FTW! I download any movie or album I want with torrents on my PS3. PS3 Rox!!!

johnjcoe9198
johnjcoe9198

Considering how small the group is, I'd hardly call this accurate. Besides, it just opens up the floodgates of fanboy trolling. I've gotten two responses about my earlier post, and it wasn't about support of ANY console, just the hard data I've come across.

jenova
jenova

Well, maybe if they had more good games on the PS3 people would spend more time playing them... ;p As it is, the PS3 advertises itself as "doing everything" and that's what the study shows the people who bought it are doing.

KabutoHunter
KabutoHunter

Actually, this chart shows exactly what I'd expect. The *offline* gaming time for 360 and PS3 is almost identical, but the *online* gaming time for 360 is a huge jump. 360 users are huge on online gaming, everyone knows this. PS3 is more single-player oriented. Then, PS3 is the only one that's a BluRay player, so I would expect the movie watching time to be larger. There's nothing surprising here.

malverick
malverick

@suprsolider - Sorry to point this out, but it's NTFS...not NTSF. I would say you misspelt it, but you did it twice...

digi-demon
digi-demon

That figures - look at the PS3 line up and tell me this doesn't make sense...

suprsolider
suprsolider

The reason why PS3 doesn't support NTSF is because IT IS A FORMAT OWNED BY MICROSOFT, exclusives to WINDOWS. Do some damn research people, god. Sony would have to pay MS royalties to use NTSF on the PS3. Just like MS would have to pay some royalties to Sony and other people who created BLU RAY. God people are so ignorant these days.

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

So the average person spends more time on their PS3 watching films/blu-rays, going on the internet, watching BBC iPlayer HD, etc than they do playing games. I don't understand what this article's getting at, is it really that much of a bad figure? Does this somehow show that the PS3 is inferior to other consoles? No. And the online/offline gaming times are a completely pointless addition.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I really don't care as long as future game consoles are still about the games.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

PS3 - 50% Netflix, 20% Blu-Ray, 5% DVD, 25% Gaming (20% offline, 5% online) - * These stats are nowhere near exact, but a guestimate of my families time with each system and each feature of each system.

steelmouth
steelmouth

so that's why ya,ll bought ps3's no wonder i get so many thumbs down ya'll got too much time in your hands

frankj22
frankj22

Nice chart. I definitely use my PS3 more than my Xbox and even more than my Wii because I'm watching alot of streaming media through my PC with PS3 media server. The only reason I do that is because I don't have a HDMI output on my PC and my graphic card is kinda borderline for playing Bluray. Anyhow my other consoles is only for offline gaming or party gaming.

malverick
malverick

I use my 360 for gaming, my Wii for exercise (arm waving) and my PS3 as a door stop / or step for my short girlfriend (when she needs to reach the top shelf in the fridge). PS3: "It only does everything"....apparently. ;) I'm only joking.......... I haven't got a PS3....

Bufta
Bufta

I use my PS3 purely to look at girls in bikini's. I dont see that in your report Nielsen!

calanorn
calanorn

@ wiidominance IF you know what your talking about then why say it wont support external hdd which you know is rubbish and when your pulled up about it change your story to attacking the file system in place. and yes there is a reason since NTFS is firmly in the grasp of microsoft and FAT has a legal loophole through linux drivers @ ChiliDragon Linux contains 3rd party drivers to use NTFS and considering its a microsoft technology i doubt that sony would allow its use in the ps3. Also the FAT filesystem is patented by microsoft but linux has a workaround the patent does not cover that is why it can be used on the ps3 and the fact sony had most likely decided to use linux before microsoft started to make waves if you search microsoft FAT patent suits they are clamping down on companies using it. and thats a patent that is murky at best so any unlicenced use of NTFS would be mad. Also the 360 can only use FAT even though its a microsoft technology that is a bigger mystery than the ps3 why not use it on a console that its made by a company with the patents to use a much bigger more advanced system. In general i do agree with you about sony trying to force users to use there tech but this time its not there choice really.

Flint247
Flint247

This chart was clearly made to see fanboy reactions.

metalkid9
metalkid9

Weird, I only play games on my PS3. I find movies kind of boring tbh

darksoldier573
darksoldier573

Not too surprised cuz all I use my psp for is to watch the tester

megakick
megakick

this doesn't surprise me and it might matter to publishers and gamers. why would activison spend the extra time to code a game correctly for the ps3 if the money isn't there. ps3 has a history of playing cross platform games poorly in comparison to xbox360.

Tree06
Tree06

I'm on the fence about this article. I mainly play games on Xbox 360 but I'll watch The Tester and a Blu-Ray here an now. On a weekly average, I play Xbox 360 for about 20 hours, and then stream media/play games on the PS3 about 10. Oh Demon's Souls...

VengfulOne
VengfulOne

I'm watching tv on my PS3 right now. What's it to ya?

ChiliDragon
ChiliDragon moderator

@calanorn FAT32 is is incapable of handling files larger than 4GB. Why would I want to limit my external hard drives that way? The PS3, unless I remember wrong, runs on a Linux-based OS. My Linux computer can read and write NTFS just fine, it makes no sense not to have that basic functionality in a PS3. But then, Sony has an unfortunate history of trying to force proprietary storage formats... like their Memory Stick Pro Duo, to use one single, but very obvious example.

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

this doesn't take me by surprise, as a general statement. But i suspect the wii numbers would be skewed even further away from games use at least based on my house.

wiidominance
wiidominance

@ calanorn : So you're asking me format all the stuff I have in my 500 GB hard drive, just because the PS3 won't support NTFS ? How about a better solution of the PS3 supporting NTFS in the first place. Is there any good reason why shouldn't ? Also, I know wt* am talking about. I am talking about the PS3 asking faaar too much for something as basic as image/video viewing.

trdrstv
trdrstv

Yeah, you can blame me for skewing the numbers a little. I actually have 2 PS3's and only 6 games for it (5 exclusives). In my house the PS3 seldom sees a game; it's Netflix, Bluray, or MP4 off the Hard drives for probably 95% of the time. I play the occasional game on it after the Mrs and baby go to sleep.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

People need to understand that this study is flawed in so many ways. People, please stop fighting. Why fight over this lousy article? This article proves nothing.

survivor9712
survivor9712

My ps3 is a media hub for me but I use it for online gaming A LOT . That report is sketchy . You can never tell what everyone can do with their systems .

figo16v
figo16v

This is a very skewed study. From 2005 - 2008 I only used my 360. When my cousin fell ill in 2008 I bought myself a PS3. Now I wouldn't say I have less gaming time since using the PS3. i.e I still game the same xx hours per week as I did with my 360. The main difference comes with the likes of PlayTV, iplayer, 4OD and STV player. My PS3 will come on through the night or when im at work to record TV Programs and even when im just watching TV it will be on Play TV. So percentage wise my time spent gaming will be less than when I had my 360...Even though the actual amount of time gaming is exactly the same. Overall an interesting.. but flawed report..

fanboy_killa
fanboy_killa

@zool152004, same here dude. my 360 is my main gaming system. and like you said, very easy to hook up with friends online. exclusives, HOME, dvd/blu-ray stuff is what i use my PS3 for. my wife and i play the Wii quite a bit as well...so it's our second place gaming system. but i've been playing PS2 a LOT lately because i'm playing Persona 3 and will start on Persona 4 right after that. i've read only a couple of posts here, @residude, amen brotha. i'm gonna assume these are junior high/high school kids fighting about this. i'd hate to think grown @$$ men are arguing over video games. fighting over the internet is rather lame anyway.

sharkbiscuit79
sharkbiscuit79

So there it is PS fanboys are not gamers, That figures

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

I own all 3 systems and I mainly use my 360. I do not own a blu ray dvd i bought my ps3 for games, mainly for the exclusives and I hardly touch the wii apart from super mario galaxy 1 and 2 from time to time.

zool152004
zool152004

to be honest, i use my PS3 mainly for movie watching and occasionally playing exclusives. I got my 360 first and nearly all my friends have it as their sole console so it makes more sense to have it as my main gaming console because i can play/chat with them online, lend and borrow games etc I'm sure i'll get flamed for this but IMO the 360 is more consistant when it comes to gaming, nearly all games upscale to 1080p now, can be installed but not manditory and with xbox live i know all my friends have a headset, can party chat and it's quicker and easier to send game invites and autojoin. I'm not gonna get rid of my PS3 though, i spend so much time watching dvds (thanks to their smart upscalling) and blu-ray is just awesome for a movie goer. I'd say in the end i spend about the same time with my PS3 as i do my pc and 360 but i definately game more with my 360...i don't think that's a problem, it's all personal preference in the end.

residude
residude

Really? Are people really arguing over this?! Who cares what people use their consoles for!

Romeric87
Romeric87

Interesting research. I would like to find out how gamers spread their time across multiple consoles if they are lucky enough to own more than one.

calanorn
calanorn

@wiidominance You want to know what is laughable you talking about stuff you obviously know nothing about. How about you try using a USB external drive that has been formatted using FAT(32) not NTFS you will find the external drive works fine this goes for both 360 and ps3. Try learning WTF your on about before talking crap.

Sablicious
Sablicious

360 - on-line console for gamers Ps3 - Blu-ray player w/games functionailty Wii - family/casuals console Everything seems in order here.

J-Man725
J-Man725

So apparently wii users watch porn online more than PS3 or 360 users. I knew it...:P

wiidominance
wiidominance

The PS3 is far more capable than what it is now. They need to make it support a larger variety of image formats, video codecs. Also, the fact that it won't recognize any external hard drive plugged into it by USB is laughable. PS3 can be much better than this.

andalore
andalore

Personally I use my PS3 as a Media Centre with a PSone built in, Its nice to have family pictures stored somewhere and also videos of my son that I can show my parents when they visit on the big TV instead of haunched around my pc, and im glad to see that im not alone in this.

Flint247
Flint247

@MooncalfReviews It was just a minor typo I make sometimes. I meant to say "couldn't". Thanks for letting me know; I AM aware of the differences of "Could..." and "Couldn't".