What’s better: owning a PlayStation or an Xbox? According to an ever-greater number of gamers, the answer seems to be “both.”
In a world more divided by partisan stances than ever before, the gaming community appears to be coming together to push back on the notion of a modern “console war”; instead of dedicating themselves to one chosen piece of hardware, it’s now much more common for players to have both an Xbox and PlayStation in their homes.
In “Game Consoles 2021: Respawned and Leveled Up,” published this month by Hub Entertainment Research, it was found that more than one-third (34%) of respondents said they now owned both a PlayStation and Xbox in 2021; only a quarter of console gamers could say the same in 2019.
Speaking to over 2,600 U.S. consumers between the ages of 13 and 74, Hub discovered that this dramatic spike was nothing to do with increased interest in playing console games; the research company found the number of people engaging with PS4s, PS5s, Xbox Ones, and the Series X or S remains broadly the same in 2021 (36%) as in 2019 (33%).
Of course, its findings still track nicely with the huge spike in home entertainment demand caused by the hermit conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Landmark reports by Deloitte, Mintel, and Ukie have confirmed as much: the amount of hard cash spent on gaming during lockdown and beyond is greater than ever.
If anything, there’s an argument that the number of people owning more than one console would be even higher, had it not been for rampant shortages in the number of PS5s and Xbox Series X/S consoles around the world. Even now–at the very least, here in the U.K.–the PlayStation 5 has been dogged by semiconductor shortages since its launch in late 2020. The Series X/S isn’t far behind, regularly selling out at soon as new stock arrives.
I'm one of those people! Having both PS5 and XSX has been great. I get the best of both worlds and both systems have great value and retain their value. How about you, SW? Do you own multiple consoles? I also own a Switch but everyone knows that's a side console 😉