Tablet owners gaming less on consoles - Study

GfK survey of more than 3,000 participants shows majority use gaming consoles less often as a result of owning a tablet.

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Since Apple introduced the iPad in January 2010, the tablet computer has gained popularity as a gaming device, from its outpacing of handhelds on last year's shopping lists to the continued support of gaming publishers and on-demand game-streaming services like OnLive.

Amazon's soon-to-be-released Kindle Fire.

The rising popularity of tablet devices in gaming has also pushed other publishers into the market, with Amazon revealing just last month that it is working on an all-new game-playing Kindle Fire.

Now, a survey conducted by market research company GfK has revealed that the majority of tablet owners use gaming consoles and handhelds 59 percent less as a result of owning a tablet.

The data comes from GfK MRI's iPanel, composed of more than 3,000 adult e-reader and tablet owners. Other activities that participants reported have diminished as a result of owning a tablet include reading books (44 percent less often), reading hard-copy newspapers (42 percent less often), and using a desktop or laptop computer (41 percent less often).

Video games are also the most popular applications used by tablet owners, coming in at 69 percent and in front of social networking (59 percent), weather (58 percent), and music (53 percent).

Discussion

137 comments
blackace
blackace

@paranormalnut said: @blackace 15 year old are not running out and buying games or systems. 18-30 year olds are playing more games on ipad than systems. I for one do not own an ipad, I play more 360 than PC games, and I only play video games about 4 hours a week. I have better things to do. *********************************************************************** 15 year old parents are the ones running out and buying games and systems. I see them every time I step into a Gamestop store. I don't own a IPad or tablet either. I'll get one next year sometime. My sister owns an IPad 2 and the only games on it were Angry Birds and Uno Plus. The people I know who own one aren't spending a lot of time playing games on them. Most will spend more time playing consoles games then anything else.

Zelseisdabest
Zelseisdabest

sounds like Nintendo was smart for making there next gen console look like a tablet lol

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Pretty empty report. Most people who game on tablets aren't necessarily gamers to begin with. With all due respect, the media tends to overstate the impact of social site and mobile device games in comparison to console game. In reality most of the people who play these games could care less about games as a whole; they engage in them because they pass time and provide an entertaining and/or relaxing diversion from the daily grind. As someone who owns a console and plays games on social sites and on my cell phone, I can tell you that there is a huge different. I do the mobile gaming as a way to pass time during my commute and the social games as just that, a social means of interacting, in particular with those I know who aren't into the console thing. Never will I equate playing Words with Friends with someone on Facebook or Airport Mania on my phone as gaming. I feel if you are going to consider tablet gaming under the gamer tag, you pretty much should include board, card, and other games as well. Uno anyone? LOL

DarthMallrat
DarthMallrat

I don't own a tablet and have no interest whatsoever in buying one. I want to play real games.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

more useless information that nobody cares about thank you gamespot :roll: and for the record i dont consider flash games and apps like angry birds true games more like something to occupy me when im waiting for a doctor or something

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Eh. It is just the latest and greatest that people want. That is what people crave. It isn't this perfect experience that apple has figured out. Once new consoles hit like the Wii-U, Xbox 720, and the PS4 people will want those because they will be the latest and greatest. Apple's price point and lack of controller functionality will cause these numbers to turn when the new products release.

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

Who financed this survey? Apple, Google, Amazon? This survey was obviously conducted for the purpose of marketing tablets. I'm also struggling to understand the context in which this survey was done. It's not entirely clear. Also were these 3,000 participants even "serious/hardcore" gamers to begin with?

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

As with most statistics, these can be read and interpreted any number of ways to fit best use. Sure, those who were surveyed and own tablets may have spent 59% less time on their console(s), but you have to ask far more questions to understand that statistic; for instance, how many of those surveyed had just bought their tablet and were still getting it's novelty value out of their system? A lot i'm guessing...... and also, those that were spending more time on tablets weren't necessarily gaming on the tablet, probably just doing a bunch of other stuff. These figures they have released mean absolutely nothing unless put in context with many other figures and questions.

Spacerac
Spacerac

I would consider the most casual game on any of the three platforms to be more gaming than the flash variety stuff on phones and tablets. If you want a good, difficult touch only game, three words; Elite Beat Agents.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Good news this means less noobs on CoD & BF now if we can get the 6 yr olds 2 stop playin

Daian
Daian

Lol, i don't consider Angry Birds and so on part of gaming, just ways to pass the time on a train/plane/toilet :P. It's not real gaming, tablet owners are not gamers unless they actually play real videogames with a beginning and an end, a complex story of some sort on real gaming platforms. Touchscreen games are NOT gaming !!!

DryMaster
DryMaster

this story reminds me of the time a friend tried to tell me that the entire reason the 3ds had a price cut was because of the ipod touch. seriously, if people who only play five minute free app games are ever considered to be real gamers, i may actually have to quit gaming

TriumphantToad
TriumphantToad

It really, REALLY ticks me off when people consider tablet and phone "gaming" to be actual gaming. Those platforms will never threaten consoles or PC gaming. Want to know why? The controls suck. No one who thoroughly enjoys playing video games would trade a mouse and keyboard or a good solid controller for a touchscreen. I mean seriously, people might spend money to buy tablet games, but they won't spent it with the frequency or the ferocity of real gamers. And let's be honest, no tablet or phone game anywhere has ever made a real impression on anyone.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I've gamed less on my consoles since I bought my computer...but then again I play games on this that I used to play on my consoles anyway. :P Can't do that with tablets. Plus there's still console exclusives out there, and always reasons to sit in front of the tv to play. I wouldn't game less on my systems if I had a tablet. Tablets wouldn't play any of my console games anyway (or at least not as well as on the systems).

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

Apples & oranges. Not the same type of games. Regular gamers will stick to consoles, PC's etc...whereas tablet games are just sort of a perk for whatever reason people buy these.

Atheno
Atheno

I'm not even sure what the point of this survey even was. In my opinion, PC, Console and Handheld gaming is so vastly different from Tablet or casual gaming, that the people who play games hardcore, will never truly mingle with those that play casual games. Two different people, two different gaming styles, two different revenues. One will not replace the other.So this survey is completely pointless...besides to continue to brain wash.

Thuganomic05
Thuganomic05

I "had" a tablet and never used it for gaming - maybe to play Angry Birds once a week, but that's it. And never would it compete or deter me from my console. Ever. Biased views = biased article.

jhpeter
jhpeter

Only game I can imagine playing in a tablet is a good rts game.

battlfrnt2006
battlfrnt2006

If I wanted to play lame flash games, I wouldn't have a PS3. This study is crazy biased. Playing Plants vs Zombies =/= Dark Souls.

grbolivar
grbolivar

Of course, they are studying the wrong people: casuals that play Angry Birds while on the Bus Stop. Now ask any gamer and you'll see.

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

I played those apps for a few minutes and I rarely touch it again...

mtait01
mtait01

I dont believe this study... You cant compare playing on a tablet to playing a PS3.... heck you can't even compare the quality to playing a handheld console! If this is in fact true then it is just because those people have spent so much money on an iPad that they feel they NEED to use it.

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

These people are probably the ones that own a Wii "for the family" and play those party games with the kids for a few hours a week. "59% less" only means less than THEY would normally play. If they only play 2 hours a week, the results are academic. Portable game apps are certainly growing in popularity and have a lot of money-making potential. Everyone knows that. This type of study, really doesn't "help" anyone. It tells us nothing important Whether they are "gamers" or not is a matter of opinion, as video games in this day-and-age are much more than they were 20 or even 10 years ago. "Video games" is a blanket term (appropriately so) for ANY interactive video experience. My aunt plays FarmVille like a fiend, but even she doesn't consider herself a "gamer." I don't think someone that plays with the fam/portable game apps for a few hours a week is a "gamer", I think they're just passing time. But that's just me.

Kazekage20
Kazekage20

Gaming on a tablet, that is just stupid. What is the appeal of tablet computers. They are small and expensive. It is basically a cellphone with a huge screen.

salvucci91
salvucci91

Gaming is indeed gaming, but casual gaming is also indeed casual gaming.

Monopoman
Monopoman

Everyone that posted on here is so defensive. I will probably get 1000 tumb downs for this but gaming is gaming. PERIOD! If someone plays plants vs. zombies a few hours each day they are as much of a gamer as a dude that plays every "hardcore" game for 50+ hours a week.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

Gfk"s data is biased! Consoles > Tablets and the sh*tty apps.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@DarknautXXX - It's like you looked deep into my soul and instantly pulled out the most clear expression of the feeling only beginning to form inside me. "The data comes from GfK MRI's iPanel, composed of more than 3,000 adult e-reader and tablet owners."

DarknautXXX
DarknautXXX

I wonder how many of those tablet owners have the attention span to play through a 5 minute tutorial level on a gaming console, much less the whole 10- 20 hour game. None. Their time would be better spent Tweeting the crap out of each other while trying to manage a town or farm to gain more happy points, or whatever. That is, if they actually own gaming systems.

lizzardman666
lizzardman666

Researchers keep forgetting that 99c apps aren't games.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@jimmyzeke13 Nothing. Internet,HD Video,camera, so-called "games". All of those can be done with a console or a laptop. The only advantage is that it fits in your pocket so....wait. No it doesn't.

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

What is the appeal of a tablet? What is the point of buying one? What can it do that a pc or console can't? Someone tell me!!

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Worthless study. There haven't been a lot of great console game this year, but things are looking up for the second half.

Hatemachine25
Hatemachine25

Games like that are more like a Niche to be filled, Tetris is the best example, it's hardly a game compared to say Mario brothers, but it's simplicity is no less entertaining. In time Tablets may become powerful enough and affordable enough to merit themselves as gaming platforms, but until then games on these things are just a minor distraction.

naruto0187
naruto0187

Ha ha and ha. That's interesting. I've got an iTouch but I prefer playing my PSP and PS3 for REAL games. I downloaded street fighter for my iTouch and it felt stupid playing it without physical buttons. -_- I can't imagine playing fighting games on touch screens. I prefer game consoles to play these kinds of games.

TrueIori
TrueIori

To bad we still playing the real games on Pc and consoles, let see how long angry birds appeal last after you done everything in it. LOL

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

Let's move to gaming with gamepad and buttons

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Hey I play a few iPhone games, but seriously we can't call it true gaming can we? Consoles and iPhone/iPad are hardly in the same category. Nothing against the mobile platform...I love it too. However, it's still comparing apples to passion fruit :)

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

@Ronnie_Rim Exactly! What is up with all these "Phones vs. Portable" and "Tablets vs. Console" articles? I can't believe Gamespot actually entertains this stuff! They don't have anything better or more credible to report???

soulless4now
soulless4now

I still prefer REAL games. Console over a tablet any day.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I would say most of them are casual gamers, they got bored with the Wii and now they move on with tablets.

Flint247
Flint247

I don't have a tablet, but I have been less gaming due to school, not enough income coming in, and my digital artwork for my online profiles. The latter I spent a lot of time doing, lately. o.O

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I see potential in the tablet due to its big touch-screen, motion sensor, and lack of other apparent control schemes. Certainly it represents a new kind of game experience. However, even if owning a tablet leads to diminished use of consoles, it does not mean that they are in direct competition. Most games that use the mouse as the predominant control benefit greatly from the tablet; strategy and point-n-click adventure games come to mind. However, I don't see any self-respecting action, shooter, or sports gamers moving to the tablet as its controls are simply too restrictive. As several others have said, it's not that tablets can replace consoles. It's simply that people grow and evolve. Buying a tablet may simply mean that a gamer has moved on from the gaming scene.

be_skeptical
be_skeptical

Yeah, I think I downloaded Angry Birds for about five minutes, then the ads drove me bonkers. I have an iPad, and I got it for digital comics and books. I definitely use my computer less, but no change on my console use.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Nxt time ask real gamers like myself & others on here

Dezuria
Dezuria

Playing casual games on your tablet will never replace playing HD consoles on a huge HDTV, surround sound, and a real controller. Of these 3000 people surveyed, how many were soccer moms and grandmas?

dre256x
dre256x

I must say tabs are getting ridiculously power really fast, and with adobe flash 11 now supporting Direct X etc... Its only a matter of time before tablets fully explode, only gripe will be batter life also note, Unreal 3 engine can now be ran in Adobe Falsh Player 11 so the graphics is getting there also with Tablet Graphics Chip.. Sweet Times Ahead Indeed!!

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@blackace 15 year old are not running out and buying games or systems. 18-30 year olds are playing more games on ipad than systems. I for one do not own an ipad, I play more 360 than PC games, and I only play video games about 4 hours a week. I have better things to do.