Highlights: Game Consoles, Gaming PCs, and Game-Playing

Playing games is a widespread pastime about much more than game consoles. Although game console users are numerous and active, many adults play immersive and other games using their smartphones, computers, and tablets. VR headsets are also starting to make a dent in the market, beginning with the most active gamers who aren’t necessarily the youngest adults.
This TUP Highlights report includes the following sections: the profile of gaming wearables users, top platforms for game-playing, the profile of game-players, the profile of gaming PC users, the profile of game console users, and the profile of smartphone game-players.

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Profile of American gaming notebook PC users

Gaming computers are optimized for intensive play, and laptops/notebooks add a dimension of mobility. Their extra functionality makes them both desired and exotic. Currently, only one in twenty-five online Americans uses a gaming notebook PC.

This MetaFAQs profiles gaming notebook users by their age (not all are aged 18-24), age within gender (higher use among younger men than women), employment status, life stage (age, employment status, presence of children), number of home computers, and mix of technology ecosystems. Furthermore, it reports game-playing with smartphones, tablets, game consoles, and VR headsets.

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Profile of American gaming desktop PC users

Having fun and winning is essential to many Americans, and some buy specialized desktop PCs designed for optimal performance and upgradeability. This MetaFAQs profiles the small, hardy group of intensive mobile gamers, the 8% of online Americans actively using gaming desktops, detailing the critical demographic and behavioral factors distinctive from the average American online adult: age group and age within gender, employment status, household size, number of home PCs used, and mix of technology ecosystems.

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Profile of American VR Headset users

So far, virtual reality has been a dream, only being actively used by a small number of creative and fun-loving pioneers. Within the TUP 2021 survey, MetaFacts identified 358 respondents that report regularly wearing VR headsets. This MetaFAQs report details their game-playing activities, including which devices they regularly use, along with their demographic and technological profile.

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Profile of American immersive/video game-players

Playing games is more than a casual pastime for many, especially those who play immersive & video games. This MetaFAQs reports on the number of Americans who regularly use any of their connected devices to play immersive/video games – game consoles, smartphones, computers, tablets, or more than one. The report profiles respondents by age, gender, life stage, and other characteristics. Further, it reports on the other unique activities and consumer electronics this fun-loving group enjoys, including VR headsets and home projectors.

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Active game-players by platforms

Game consoles get most of the attention in the gaming market. Many more online adults actively play immersive or other games using their connected devices – smartphones, tablets, or computers – than use game consoles. Outside of the US, Windows PCs outnumber smartphones as the game-playing platform of choice, especially in Germany and Japan. This TUP analysis reports on the number of online adults actively playing immersive or other games by platform type and country.

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Fun zone? The gap between game players and console use

The demand for playing games has gotten ahead of game consoles. More online adults play immersive or other games using their connected devices than regularly use a game console. The gap between what people do and what they have spells opportunity for game console makers and game makers alike. This MetaFAQs reports on the penetration rates of game consoles as compared to online adults that regularly play games using their connected devices – smartphones, computers, tablets, or game consoles. Results are reported by country and age group.

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Profile of American Microsoft game console users

Truly active gamers love their game consoles, including Microsoft’s Xbox. However, that love is not exclusive since a fifth of Microsoft’s game console users also use a Nintendo, and a fifth uses a Sony game console. Microsoft has only reached 14% of all online Americans, primarily among younger males. This MetaFAQs report profiles American Microsoft game console users by several critical demographic and behavioral factors distinctive from the average American online adult: age group and age within gender, employment status, household size, life stage, and mix of technology ecosystems. Further, it details the percentage who use a VR headset and those who play games with a smartphone, PC, gaming PC, or tablet.

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Profile of American Nintendo game console users

While 19% of all online Americans use any Nintendo game console, penetration is highest among the youngest male and female adults. This MetaFAQs report profiles American Nintendo game console users by several critical demographic and behavioral factors distinctive from the average American online adult: age group and age within gender, employment status, household size, and life stage. Further, it details the percentage who use a VR headset and those who play games with a smartphone, PC, gaming PC, or tablet. Also, it reports on the competitive mix, with the percentage of American Nintendo game console users using Sony and Microsoft game consoles.

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