Report: Only 14 percent use consoles for movies

Latest research shows that although most consoles are capable of playing DVDs or downloading movies from the Internet, gamers just don't seem to be interested.A new report released this week from Dallas-based think tank The Diffusion Group "On The Use of Game Consoles for Movie Viewing" shows that...

by

Latest research shows that although most consoles are capable of playing DVDs or downloading movies from the Internet, gamers just don't seem to be interested.

A new report released this week from Dallas-based think tank The Diffusion Group "On The Use of Game Consoles for Movie Viewing" shows that 80 percent of consoles in households can play DVDs or have the ability to download and watch films from the Net. However, only 30 percent of those surveyed were aware that their console could play movies, and less than half of those--some 13 percent--had actually done so. Of this 13 percent, three quarters used the console only for playing back a DVD disc, with the remaining quarter also purchasing or renting movies online.

For those who own consoles connected to the Internet, watching films or TV shows online proved to be a little more popular, with 42 percent having used their console at some point to do this.

The report's author, Dale Gilliam III, commented, "Today's next-generation games consoles, such as the Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3, are true digital multimedia powerhouses. Yet very few of these devices are connected to the Internet, and even though these same platforms may feature a high-definition DVD playback system, very few consumers are using them for nongaming media applications."

This would seem to conflict with Microsoft's own statistics, which recently reported that 6 million people had signed up for Xbox Live accounts.

The report criticised the lack of consumer awareness that consoles were also multimedia players. According to the group, the report "demonstrates how poorly many consumers understand the capabilities of today's game consoles and a major barrier to persuading consumers to start using these platforms for nongaming media consumption."

Discussion

176 comments
edhc44
edhc44

There's a HUGE load of nonsense here... Man, people are even saying that the PS2 *brought* DVD into the mainstream! C'mon! If people had to rely on the crappy DVD player the PS2 has, we'd still be in the VHS era... I can't count how many times I've rent a DVD, tried to play it on the PS2 only to find myself going back to my actual DVD player or my PC since the goddamn movie freezes in places in the PS2 while it runs smoothly in the other 2 players?

cubeman
cubeman

Well as I say, just focus the consoles on gaming. Most people already have a DVD player and don't really need one in their consoles. Just make consoles about the gaming. Thats what they are for.

Shiggums
Shiggums

cool, i'm one of those 14%! :D

pixelsword
pixelsword

Translation: the Blu-Ray is outrenting/outselling HD-DVD because of Blu-Ray buyers, not because of the consoles. In other news, Adobe Premiere CS3 will output to Blu-Ray and DVD ONLY, not HD-DVD.

gameguy6700
gameguy6700

"However, only 30 percent of those surveyed were aware that their console could play movies..." I knew casuals were naive but come on! How can you be so out of touch with the hobby that you don't even know your console can playback DVDs?

Whitewind617
Whitewind617

Consoles are simply to loud to make it worth playing on them rather than a normal DVD player.

Brother_Boney
Brother_Boney

It's these kind of surveus Nintendo reads carefully before charging us customers extra for a useless DVD-playback capability.

Metalhead8282
Metalhead8282

I gotta disagree with this. Since 2 of 3 of the current next gen systems and previous gen play DVD's, one would think that someone who owns this would take total advantage of this...whoever they are polling in this survey don't seem to be gamers.....disappointing......i think if you got only gamers in that poll, you'd see number past 50%....

sonicare
sonicare

Remember that your exoeriences may not mirror those of the average consumer. Most people comparing experiences here on GS are already in a very different pool of consumers than the general public. I think this article is very accurate when looking at the general consensus.

wizard_levy
wizard_levy

Suddenly it got a lot harder to explain why Blu-Ray is winning ground on HD-DVD

brannon789
brannon789

yeah, but the dvd player in neither the 360 or ps3 upscales.

osirisomeomi
osirisomeomi

Interesting. I wonder what the stat is for PS3's alone. I'd guess somewhat higher.

GrgSpunk
GrgSpunk

Way to make an observation, Gamespot. Or should I say, captain obvious?

axia_777
axia_777

This will go up as more PS3's are sold. Since the majority of consoles now are Wii's(no movie capability) and the 360(add on HD DVD, which sucks monkey butt) it goes to reason that the use of movie watching function is low. PS3 is the BEST Blu Ray player on the market. It is even better than the high end 1000+ dollar ones. That is because it uses the Cell and RSX for decoding the Blu Ray codec. HD DVD will be gone soon, with in the year and Blu Ray DIsc will be the next dominant format. Thus PS3 will be the dominant movie playing console, and IMO in years a head, the dominant console. This Christmas will be a good season for PS3.

Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

These stats are a bunch of made-up BS. There's no way these surveys could be accurate. The pure number of Xbox Live subscribers proves that, seeing as the rather unintelligent Mr. Gilliam believes few of them are connected to the internet.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Nobody ever asked me how I use my Xbox 360. For the record, I download games, TV shows and even watch dvd's. I play quite a few games, too. I'm waiting on BioShock to come out, then I'll be glued to it.

brain_slug
brain_slug

you cant really trust stats like this because it's unreliable. unless they survey everyone.. they probably picked a bunch of idiots. everyone used their ps2 for dvds

MogFromLeipzig
MogFromLeipzig

really hard to believe somehow that only 30% know about the movie playing cababilities. I mean consoles are not that cheap and I'd expect people to think about if or which they purchase and read about what they can do. I use my Playstation (once 2, now 3) to watch movies and did not buy an extra dvd player.

celebnaur
celebnaur

wow that sure is a silly SURVEY! And don't prove crap. nintendo doesn't have DVD more cause of hackers having a hardtime then. they been in the business video game consoles longer then sony and xbox

Rentago
Rentago

the xbox360 uses those non gaming medias as a neccessity because I watch movies with my friends and private chat them on what part their on. Drive Thru makes me afraid of Mc Donalds.

rwoot
rwoot

I have not owned a stand alone DVD player since the first Xbox came out. I use the 360 for everything, DVD's, streaming music from my computer, downloading movies and TV shows and playing way to many hours of games. The only reason I pay to have cable is for my girlfriend so she can watch all those ridiculous reality shows...

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Wait, you mean Nintendo may have been smart to not bother including DVD playback in the Wii?!... :o

foxy318
foxy318

watching movies on a console should be the lowest priority for any serious gamer

TwinTiger
TwinTiger

And people wonder why Nintendo took so long to get into online gaming. They always said there wasn't a huge enough market for it. Not yet, anyways.

cliff122316
cliff122316

ugh the survey is obviously inacurate guys. here are the two key points: 1-it says they interviewed heads of house, so the info was probably skewed because of a lack of knowledge from this group(many parents) 2-it says have EVER used it for movies. i can believe 14% use it as their main dvd source, but way more have used it just once to test it out for sure. the heads of house simply arent aware of this since they didnt use it for those few times.

Jermwarfare
Jermwarfare

ive been saying this for years. im not a big movie buff to begin with(much rather be playing a good game).....and i have about 4 dvd players arround the house. no way am i sinking a bunch of money into hddvd or bluray.

jrapczak
jrapczak

Hmm... buy a stand alone DVD for $30 or use up your $200-600 game consoles power/disc drive/hardware instead? Until the day they RAISE The costs of DVD Players, this will stay true.

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Hey! I like movies! But I wasn't in the survey. Ever think about that? Why not just do the survey in a place where there are a lot of surveys are standard. Like maybe....GAMESPOT?

DEMONiAM
DEMONiAM

My PS2 was my first DVD player, and I'm sure the PS3 will be my first BR Player...

randy120
randy120

Survey says! Depends on who answers the survey. I was not contacted.

randy120
randy120

I read comparisons that show even first generation HD DVD/Blu-Ray players are superior to Xbox 360/HD-DVD or PS3 in quality. As more players become available when the format war is over the quality and price will continue to be best on stand alone players. The consoles players are good as long as you don't think you will perform as well as dedicated players. Good enough? Maybe, but I will buy a stand alone HD player when the price/quality is right.

randy120
randy120

I already have a DVD player which is superior to my console so I use the DVD player by choice. HD DVD format wars and high priced HD media will keep me from adopting either Blu-Ray or HD DVD until the dust settles and the price comes down. Why should I spend $30 for a HD DVD or Blu-Ray for a movie I may watch once when I can order HD On-Demand from cable or doiwnload from Xbox Live for $5?

Psyfon
Psyfon

I bought a ps2 for the games. I have a VCR/DVD in my tv.

vampiredust99
vampiredust99

...and a further 22% of people surveyed asked whether the interviewer knew what he was talking about. the remaining 78% were more interested in the colour of his underpants and whether it was available in Banana Republic. It wasn't. Pointless surveys, lol.

walrus8303
walrus8303

We PC users are finally vindicated!

kbaily
kbaily

And everyone complained that the Wii didn't have a DVD player. Think the PS3 would've been $200 cheaper had they left out the Blu-Ray player. Sure PS3 owners are watching Blu-Ray discs...because there aren't any games to play right now! BURN!

TPSISO9000
TPSISO9000

I've used my PS2 and my Xbox to watch movies, but thats not why I bought them. I still think the original Xbox had it right when they offered the remote required to play. They all use DVD tech, but if they can play DVD movies they have to pay the consortium a royalty for each machine. With the first Xbox, you weren't paying the extra for that unless you wanted to, so the machine was actually cheaper because of it. Now all they want to know is if people are responding to the PS3's blu-ray and the 360 add-on. Sales figures don't lie, its pretty obvious that they're not.

Swift18
Swift18

Did you ever hear how they ask their Questions? You have no clue and they can get you to say one thing then another and they just write it down. Not to mention the test size is most likely small prolly 1000 people and thats still a game of chance if you wanted to really figure out a more tangable way you would need to do a nationwide online poll and get at least get 900000 people or more to do it so in reality this is like taking 10 fish out of a pond and saying well 2 where bass and 8 where perch and there is roughly 1600 fish in here so that must mean that 320 are bass and 1280 are perch lol its really idiotic if think about it and if you really wanted to know just look at the Bluray player Sales and the PS3 sales and do the math with how many blurays have been sold. its a better way then what they did.

speedracer216
speedracer216

the only time i ever use a console (ps2) for dvd's is if my true dvd player is broken. then the console fills in until i get a new one or fix it.

Metroid_Slasher
Metroid_Slasher

OMG what a freakin big surprise!!!!! i never wouloda thought people played games on their GAME consoles........ always thought they basically used them for movies, i mean seeing as a basic DVD player could run you the steep price of 20-40$

miningguy
miningguy

well now gaming consoles are media platforms so more people will use them for movies since i wont buy another blu-ray player

crippla87
crippla87

Interesting, although I still like having the ability on my console anyway. My guess is because gamers use their computers or a movie player to watch movies. I do believe that because Blu-ray is at a advantage for it right now, I doubt developers will stop including it.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I use the HD-DVD player now (which looks great). But that was because my upscale DVI DVD player broke. =(

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

I watch movies on my PS2 all the time, sure as hell better than owning a seperate DVD player.