As the E3 gaming expo in the USA comes to a close the Consumer Electronics Association has revealed that the majority of gamers get information from friends followed by retailer”s online sites such as EB Games and JB Hi Fi.
The CEA who organise the CES show claims that the launch of new games consoles by Sony and Microsoft has reenergized the gaming market, they are projecting an 85 percent increase in wholesale revenue for home video game consoles in 2014.
A recent study “The Future of Gaming,” that gauged consumer attitude and behaviour to gaming revealed some interesting statistics.
When it came down to consoles seventh-generation consoles still lead the way.
Ownership among online consumers is highest for the Nintendo Wii (35 percent), Microsoft Xbox 360 (29 percent) and Sony PlayStation 3 (24 percent).
However since their debut in 2013, the new eighth-generation consoles are quickly gaining steam in terms of ownership.
The Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One are now owned by 11 percent and 8 percent, respectively, of online consumers.
When asked where they got information from half of the gamers questioned (54 percent) said that they learnt the most about games from friends, family and co-workers, one-third said they go to retailer websites (33 percent) where brands like Microsoft are using the Webcollage content engine to deliver rich media content about their Xbox One and games portfolio into a SKU.
Other sources were TV commercials (31 percent) and gaming news websites (30 percent).
It was also revealed consumers prefer to shop for video games primarily in brick-and-mortar locations: mass merchants (36 percent), general electronics stores (32 percent) and specialty electronics stores (32 percent).
One-third (31 percent) of consumers also shop for video games online. The report showed that portable connected devices are now primary gaming devices for many consumers.
One in 10 gamers said their primary portable gaming device is a smartphone (12 percent) or tablet (9 percent), on par with or closely following seventh-generation consoles such as the Xbox 360 (16 percent), PlayStation 3 (12 percent) and Wii (10 percent).
Among consumers who stated their primary gaming device is a smartphone, the most common operating system is Android (51 percent), followed by iOS (41 percent) and Windows Phone (6 percent).
Kevin Tillmann, senior research analyst at CEA said “The gaming industry has been abuzz for months with sizzling sales figures for the eighth-generation consoles, as well as record-breaking releases of games. Rather than simply competing with one another, the eighth-generation consoles are driving gaming sales and enthusiasm across the board”.
He said that the gaming industry remains a two-headed beast – comprised of traditional game consoles and portable connected devices like smartphones and tablets – but it is certainly stronger than ever.” According to gamers, their purchase choices most often come down to the quality of games (89 percent) on the system or device.
Other common reasons gamers flock to a specific device include the price of games (79 percent), ease-of-use (77 percent), price of system (76 percent) and graphics (75 percent). In terms of the amount of games owned per primary gaming device, the attachment rates are highest for the Sony PSP, followed by gaming PCs and the Xbox 360.
Most of these products have been in the marketplace for a significantly longer amount of time than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but both of those new consoles are showing strong attachment rates, especially with digital games, so early in their product lifecycles.
The PlayStation 4 digital download attachment rate is 57 percent of physical discs (compared with 42 percent for PlayStation 3) and for Xbox One it is 62 percent (compared with 37 percent for Xbox 360). CEA said that more than half of gamers (55 percent) indicate they purchased at least one other companion product to improve the gameplay on their primary device.
The most common purchases include a television (35 percent) and rechargeable batteries (13 percent). And according to CEA”s “Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecast Study” for home video game consoles wholesale revenue is predicted to reach $5.2 billion in 2014 in the USA, an increase of 85 percent over 2013. An additional 12 percent growth is projected in 2015, as the surge of home console sales in 2014 stabilize. CEA projects total portable console wholesale revenue of $506 million in 2014, a 7 percent increase over 2013.
However, wholesale revenue is expected to fall slightly to $471 million in 2015, a 7 percent decrease, as the portable console market faces continuous pressure from portable connected devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
In video game software CEA projects $13.6 billion in revenue for 2014, an increase of 9 percent over 2013, due in part to attachment rates for new consoles. Additionally, revenue for 2015 is projected to be $14.4 billion, an increase of 6 percent over 2014.