More People Than Ever Play Games on Multiple Devices, Study Shows

New NPD report shows that the number of people gaming on phones continues to increase, and that console gamers are beginning to play on more systems.

People are beginning to play games on more than one system, a new study has found. The only segment of the gaming population to experience growth from 2013 is the group of people who game on several different devices.

The NPD Group--the organization that collects video game sales data for the United States each month--published a study today that shows a growth in people diversifying their gaming among several platforms. The "Avid Omni Gamer," as NPD calls it, is defined as a person who plays games on multiple systems. Driven by an increase in mobile gaming, more people are now Avid Omni Gamers. According to the study, Avid Omni Gamers now compose 22 percent of the total gaming population, up 6 percent from last year. This section is now the second-largest group behind those who play exclusively free and mobile games.

NPD also found that mobile gaming continues to increase, making it the only platform to see growth from last year. 71 percent of gamers play games on phones, an increase of 4 percent from 2013.

Perhaps a reflection of a strengthening economy, people spent more money from April to June in 2014 on video games than they did during the same time period last year. Liam Callahan of the NPD explained, "Across both digital and physical formats, spending has increased from last year for consoles, portables, and digital gaming apps, which is great news when also combined with the fact that gamers are spending more time playing games."

Sales of the current-gen consoles have certainly given evidence for a solid and strengthening games industry. In April, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 had sold 7 million units, with the Xbox One not far behind at 5 million shipped. Hardware sales have seen an almost 100 percent increase over 2013 in the last few months, as well.

Although I'm skeptical about the name, I am absolutely an Avid Omni Gamer. I play games on my phone, PS4, and PC all the time. Do you remain faithful to consoles or PC? Or have you diversified your gaming? Let us know in the comments.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

I'm one of them who play more 'games' on my mobile. I did not power up any of my consoles for the past 2 months!

pseudopsiakite
pseudopsiakite

Only time I tried gaming on my smart phone or vita was when I was riding the bus.  I prefer the vita because most games don't requirement me to touch the screen.  I have never completed a game on either device because I find them uncomfortable.  I spent more time watching movies on them than gaming.


Nothing beats playing on my PC right now and have a decent 15" laptop for gaming if I go out of town. I do have a ps3 to play the occasional exclusive, however the quality isn't there so any 3rd party games I buy on the PC. I'm still waiting for the magic exclusive that forces me to go out and buy a xbox one or PS4.

souporman-
souporman-

I only play on consoles and dedicated gaming devices. Also, people who only play games on their phone are not "gamers". I really wish the media would stop referring to them as such. They're just every day people looking for another way to kill some time.

Hastur
Hastur

I see a reverse trend with myself. Two years ago I used to divide my game time amongst iPad, DSi, consoles and PC. But lately I've only been gaming on my PC. That is if you exclude playing Ingress on my phone.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

omni gamer...sounds fancy

Caldrin
Caldrin

I mainly play games on my PC but I guess if I am out and about and waiting for something i might load up a game on a phone but its not something i do at home.

Immortallix
Immortallix

Yes more people than ever play "games" on mobile.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

I play on console but likely because I don't waste money on smart phones and do not need my tablet due to short commutes.

But that is just me.

mr_nee
mr_nee

Switching a jobs soon to one that requires a lot of travel. Chose Vita over shield and new phone. Is PS4 remote will work across the europe, that will be mega cool

WereCatf
WereCatf

I hate on-screen displays. Typing on them is a major pain in the ass and so is gaming. I don't do gaming on my mobile devices exactly because the controls are just so horrible. That said, if I could have stereo sound and a proper gamepad on the thing then I would possibly start playing emulated Sega MegaDrive and Nintendo SNES - games on it when I'm on-the-go and have too much time on my hands, those games are still awesome even after all these years.


PS. I hate the stupid filter here.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmm I guess more people than ever take the buses to work as well because other than on the crapper there is no other place that I would even want to try to play mobile games.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Yes, my sister bought one of those kiddies tablets for her 1 year old kid. He's having a blast. That's your statistic right there.

giucanbera
giucanbera

Mobiles are now our phones, laptops, mp3 player, movies and netflix player... It could be our console too. People are always buying 3ds and PSVita.. asking for a Microsoft's one too... Why not to put a console insite the mobiles? But it gotta have real buttons cuz touchscreen really sux. I'd buy the new Iphone if it comes with the new SEGA console inside LOL

brande77
brande77

I think there is some problem with the article. I'm not seeing a link to the report.

sanchango
sanchango

So people prefer to own more consoles? THERE IS A GOD! :D
At least it's good to hear people are not solely sticking to one console.

Malaphisis
Malaphisis

I take that back, device games suck....sony and nintendo handhelds get a pass.

cejay0813
cejay0813

@mr_nee  I travel for work and the Vita is a good gaming console that I put my layover time into

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@WereCatf  I could go for a phone that bluetooth's a phone controller and play classic emulated SNES games.

cejay0813
cejay0813

@giucanbera  Just no. For one, battery life is already an issue with these smartphones. Imagine running a game that's meant for the Vita or 3DS. I prefer to have my phone for emails, pics, web-browsing, etc. But for games, my Vita is second to none.

souporman-
souporman-

@rorytmeadows @souporman- A gamer is someone to which videogames are their biggest hobby, or at least one of them. Gamers are enthusiastic about videogames. People who only play games on their phones don't deserve to carry the title because they're not really into it. They're into finding an way to pass the time until the next episode of Keeping up with the Kardishians comes on.


Being called a mor*n by GameSpot's local Xbox fanboy id*ot is laughable. You're a joke.

cejay0813
cejay0813

@Malaphisis  Glad I read your second comment.. lol. Yeah I don't care for iOS or Android games as they just hog memory and I always have my Vita in tow. I say focus efforts on making quality games for the existing handhelds but the wallets of this generation of gamers who spend all their money on clash of clans and candy crush are too bulbous to ignore