PS4, GTA 5 top Google gaming searches for 2013

Google Zeitgeist report reveals top trending searches for the past year.

The PlayStation 4 and Grand Theft Auto V were the top gaming-themed Google searches for 2013 in the United States, according to the company's annual Zeitgeist report released today.

GTA V led the top trending searches in the Video Games category, while the PS4 took the top spot in the Tech Gadgets sector, beating out the likes of Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S.

The Xbox One was the fourth biggest trending search for Consumer Electronics on a worldwide basis, but was not featured in any United States-specific lists.

Google defines "trending" as search topics with the largest increase in search volume since the previous period.

Video Games:

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Cookie Clicker
  3. Atari Breakout
  4. Candy Crush
  5. BioShock Infinite
  6. Cube World
  7. Battlefield 4
  8. Neverwinter
  9. SimCity
  10. Skylanders: Swap Force

Tech Gadgets:

  1. PlayStation 4
  2. Samsung Galaxy S4
  3. iPhone 5s
  4. iPhone 5c
  5. iPad Air
  6. iPad mini
  7. HTC One
  8. Chromecast
  9. Nexus 5
  10. iPhone 6

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TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Interesting... and i dont understand how sim city even landed more searchs then the overpopular Call of Duty games... i didnt even see COD on the list... thats strange...

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

PS4 is on top in specific category X, while XBOne is on top in specific category Y. None of it means anything.

justerthought
justerthought

Notice how the journalist tries to rubbish the results by claiming worldwide 'trending' is a more accurate assessment. The fact is, the US is the biggest market for XB1 and these results are reflecting that market. Xbox never sells well worldwide. Which ever way you dress it up, that looks bad for XB1.

justerthought
justerthought

Wow XB1 not even mentioned. Not a lot of interest there. A reflection of the sale figures. People were more interested in mobile phones than the XB1. Good job PS4 is still flying the flag to keep console gaming alive and kicking. An embarrassing reality check for all those analysts who claimed the games console is dead due to mobile phones and tablets. Long live PS4. The future is bright.

We are still here. We did not go away. Was Sony the only one who knew that. Even MS had doubts and targeted XB1 at TV just incase, which gimped the gaming.

tonytones21
tonytones21

Hint: GTAV coming to PS4. Common who else sees it?

bluebird08
bluebird08

Ps4 beats all the smart phones/tablets, suck on that.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

Wow an article written by Eddie Makuch that's actually accurate and he's even left out his usual comments that are designed to anger the hardcore Sony fans,recently he has tried to troll his articles by using the nearly 2 week old PS4 sales story (first written by him on 11th of December when Microsoft released their sales figures) without explaining the fact that it took Microsoft's Xbox One 10 extra days in 13 countries, which during that time included 11 extra countries, it may have been released one week after the PS4 in North America but it did have 1 week more in 11 European countries with a free and very popular European game FIFA just to nearly match Sony's PS4 which had just the 2 North American countries in (Microsoft's Strongest territory) which sold out within 3 days and 3 days of 32 countries Europe 29th (which is even more impressive for Sony given the system has been mostly sold out since launch plus the production difficulties that has been reviled,),oh wait he has trolled today in his GameSpot amazon click bait article published today never mind, but it is nice to see he can do a  friendly article without having a shot against the sony fans maybe GameSpot didn't pay him to make this article only ones that are designed to be click bait. Now some people will read my comment and gloss over the fact that it's about GameSpot who pays Eddie Makuch to troll in his articles and jump to the conclusion that I'm just a bitter Sony fan which is wildly wrong, I'm a collector (that has every home console and hand held since the Nintendo Nes as well as a decent Gaming PC which i update every year), A collector who's angry at most the Video games media for encouraging the so called "fan wars" just to make a few extra bucks and not encouraging gamers to become collectors which every gamer should be.

Ereheru
Ereheru

I wish I understood why Gamespot continues to publish meaningless marketing "news" such as this, and is not publishing a story about "Skullgirls" being delisted by Konami on the PSN today, and Xbox live next week.  Which is the real news story?


1)  Where a console and video game were ranked in a list of most searched items on Google.


2)  That a major publisher is delisting a digital only game from the console digital stores due to a legal dispute with the developer, meaning that people who bought the game will not be able to download it again if they upgrade or replace their console, and that it's online functionality will be crippled.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

Not that I care about this but nobody knew the name of the xbox one until halfway through 2013 so that might have something to do with it not making that list.

pszone
pszone

lol   xbox1 no where to been seen PS4 tops it No1. And I got gta5 so I will get ps4 vision but would get it next 2 years or so because be no worth getting it next year that you already have it same thing to got to Tomb Raider.

Shango4
Shango4

I thought it said GTA V coming to PS4.

hammoud
hammoud

So I just found out what cookie clicker is...possibly the best PC exclusive

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Oh god. Don't make me read cookie clicker...The addiction will start again.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

That's actually a pretty telling chart... I wish more people were searching for Read Dead Redemption on PS4, so maybe Rockstar would make it.  「(°ヘ°)

coaltango
coaltango

would have been amazing to have a definitive version of GTA 5 for the PS4 as one of the launch titles

tomservo51
tomservo51

Bing top search? You guessed it:


Xbox One Return policy.

nickyparmar92
nickyparmar92

I am surprised that the Xbox One is not on the list, even if it were placed at the bottom. Good for the PS4 to be placed in front of all the phones, which are all practically the same.  

Daian
Daian

I don't see X1 on top of any list here or even present in them. Just saying.

Baconelite
Baconelite

@willjohnboy TL;DR

But why even care about this stuff lol. Not like it makes you any richer or better off in any way.

cashandcarry
cashandcarry

@Ereherusimple, which one generate more view and comments.

1. fanboy wars.

2. news about game that only have small audiences.

pszone
pszone

@Shango4 well gta5 is coming to ps4 but be Game of Year Edition. 

pszone
pszone

@SteamyPotatoes  well it should come to pc gta5 and I think they should be a mode dlc for pcs like skyrim to make own gta game .  Like GTA Mario :]