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Video game console usage is on the rise in general, up 7 percent from the first half of 2010

A new Nielsen study shows that video game console use is alive and well, despite what Angry Birds creator and Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka predicted back in March regarding the death of console games for mobile games.

According to the report, use of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii gaming consoles combined rose 7 percent from the first half of 2010 to the first half of 2011.

An important question aside from the amount of use is what exactly these consoles are being used for. Nielsen says each console has its own niche, where 34 percent of Xbox 360 owners commonly use it for online gaming, 22 percent of PlayStation 3 owners use it for DVD/Blu-ray, and 55 percent of Wii owners use it for offline gaming. 

But the use of these consoles stretches beyond just gaming, DVDs and Blu-ray. The report also found that consoles are increasingly being used for video streaming from services such as Netflix and Hulu.

According to the study, video streaming accounts for 14 percent of Xbox 360 usage, 15 percent of PlayStation 3 usage, and 33 percent of Wii usage.

Increased use of video streaming hardly seems surprising for the first half of 2011, since Netflix was still a growing hit at that time. In Q1 2011 and Q2 2011, Netflix had 3.3 million and 1.8 million net subscriber additions respectively. However, after raising prices, changing plans, limiting streams per account, and announcing (then killing off) the separate Qwikster DVD spinoff, Netflix ended up losing 810,000 customers during Q3. This could likely affect the above-mentioned percentages for console streaming usage later in the year.

Source: Nielsen

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angry birds sucks
By kleinma on 12/15/2011 10:02:09 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah well if I sold some product that wasn't on consoles I might make statements bashing the competition as well...

What rovio doesn't realize is angry birds is something people do when they are very bored or taking a crap.

People play consoles when they want to play actual fun video games.

RE: angry birds sucks
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/15/2011 10:14:26 AM , Rating: 2
Um, people do have fun playing angry birds and other games on tablets/phones. Consoles are not the ONLY way to have fun playing a game.

RE: angry birds sucks
By DEVGRU on 12/15/2011 10:39:50 AM , Rating: 5
People play consoles when they want to play actual fun video games.

Sorry, No. THAT would be a PC.

Consoles are what children play because that's all mommy will buy them.

RE: angry birds sucks
By umop apisdn on 12/15/2011 10:48:33 AM , Rating: 1
Sounds like your typical run of the mill elitist PC player, but not sure if troll.

RE: angry birds sucks
By gladiatorua on 12/15/2011 11:03:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure he is "your typical run of the mill elitist PC player", but he is troll.

RE: angry birds sucks
By kleinma on 12/15/2011 11:47:44 AM , Rating: 5
I have both a monster i7 overclocked with vertex 3 SSD blah blah blah, and I also have an xbox 360 (2 actually).

Some things are better on the PC, and some things are better on the console.

RE: angry birds sucks
By WLee40 on 12/15/2011 12:37:55 PM , Rating: 4
I too have a i7 with high end video card and 24in 1920x1200 monitor and two xbox 360's (one bedroom, one family room). I don't play many games on the xbox anymore, it is mainly used for streaming movies or looking at slideshows/streaming music from my PC with friends/family. I game on the PC exclusively since I hooked up a xbox controller on my PC for racing games. I mostly play FPshooters now though which needs keyboard/mouse IMHO...
The first guy was right though. I play angry birds when taking a crap or sometimes if I have trouble going to sleep! That's it!

RE: angry birds sucks
By V-Money on 12/15/2011 1:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
I think pretty much any game could be a lot better on the PC, but when developers whore themselves out to the consoles and not allow for better controls on the PC, there really isn't much of a difference (I.E. ME2, why is run, take cover, jump over all on the same key).

RE: angry birds sucks
By MrBlastman on 12/15/2011 2:42:43 PM , Rating: 2
Mass Effect 2 (I assume you are talking about it with ME 2) has such a horrid default FOV on the PC it isn't even worth playing. Sitting 2 feet away from a 27 inch monitor playing with an FOV of 55 sucks.

(Yeah you can hack it to go to 90+ but it breaks the conversations and that sucks too.)

Years later and there still is no fix. Disgusting. I think BioWare is going downhill and fast.

At least Bethesda has listened to all the outrage and tried to improve the interface and allow things such as mouse acceleration and FOV to be properly changed in Skyrim.

RE: angry birds sucks
By dxf2891 on 12/15/2011 12:30:54 PM , Rating: 2
Funny, my mommy had nothing to do with the purchase of my 65" HD television, my Xbox 360, my original PS3 60 GB, my 20TB media server, my leather sectional (with chaise lounge), my personal fridge,, my microwave, my stock of Mountain Dew and Pizza Rolls. However, both she and my wife did however offer the advice that I should make my "Man Cave" more inviting to others. But that would defeat it's purporse. Now don't get me wrong, as a Personal Custom PC builder (I currently have 8 networked PCs ranging from Intel i7 and AMD 6 core processors), I often tout the tennets of PCs, I just prefer console gaming.

RE: angry birds sucks
By WLee40 on 12/15/2011 12:43:35 PM , Rating: 2
LOL! You sound just like me! I only have 5 networked homebuilt computers though, 3 of which are in my "Man Cave" for gaming. My wife gets on me about spending too much time in my cave though, not making it more inviting. And, I prefer PC gaming, hands down.

RE: angry birds sucks
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/15/2011 4:36:59 PM , Rating: 2
PC Forever FTW!

RE: angry birds sucks
By jahinoz on 12/22/2011 10:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
Convenience isn't limited to parents. I've got tonnes of friends who have an xbox/ps3 simply because it takes less than a minute to go from doing nothing at all, to lounging in the recliner playing their favourites.

Yes there are games that are better on PC (shooters, RTS, etc), but when you've been at a desk for 8-10 hours, sometimes the last thing you want to do is get back behind a keyboard and mouse. Plus its pretty awkward having a keyboard/mouse in your favourite armchair.

RE: angry birds sucks
By Fancarolina on 12/15/2011 12:35:49 PM , Rating: 2
Angry Birds can be purchased through Playstation Network and played on a PS3.
I do find it odd though for a developer to bad mouth a platform in favor of another. But then again he said one thing and obviously did another since they made it for a console.

RE: angry birds sucks
By augiem on 12/15/2011 12:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
Angry Birds success = the characters and merchandising. The game hardly made them any cash compared to the hurricane of merchandising they brought upon the world. They sell 1 million plush a MONTH at $12-$50 a pop.

This is a strange world where utter trash like Farmville and at least halfway decent stuff like Angry Birds can supplant franchises that have been around for 30 years like Mario in a matter of 1-2 years. I guess gaming has finally moved into the mainstream and there are just SOOOOO many people out there who dabble in games now (the ex-non-gamers of 5 years ago) that the market is so huge that the records of yesterday are bound to be eclipsed on a daily basis by whatever the latest little fad is. It's just a little disconcerting to see the insane level of success so wildly disproportionate to the actual merits of the game itself. Then again, I guess that jives with the rest of pop cultre pretty well.

RE: angry birds sucks
By ender707 on 12/15/2011 2:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
It would have made more sense if Rovio said they believed that mobile phone/tablet games would wipe out mobile gaming, like the Nintendo & PSP. Those are at least the actual competitors to cell phone/tablet games.

dumb statement
By senbassador on 12/15/2011 10:37:07 AM , Rating: 3
Saying that angry birds would replace consoles is a rather dumb statement. Cell phone games and console games servers two different purposes. Console games are for when you are at your living room, in front of your TV. Cell phone games are for when you're on the bus, bored at work, in the bathroom, places you can't bring your console with you.

Now, I suppose if you are the type of person that a) doesn't have a strong desire for console games, but b) loves playing games a lot, then yes, that might deter you from getting the console. But thats a pretty narrow demographic.

I will say this though: Nintendo may have a reason to worry with potentially their DS sales going down.

RE: dumb statement
By TSS on 12/15/2011 4:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
Well one game in itself, yes. I'd consider that corperate bragging like we hear so much these days.

But it's not dumb to think that mobile games will replace a large part of the console's user base. Don't forget that a large part of the Wii's user base didn't even buy a console before the Wii.

That same user base might not want to play games specifically on a console, they might prefer a tablet. As long as they have easy acces to a short but fun game. There was no good offering in tablets before the Wii, certainly not with any casual games, but pretty soon if not already tablets can offer a better looking game then the Wii or possibly even it's follow up. With this userbase, game mechanics isn't even an issue. Just make another game with pets.

Smartphones will be right behind. So it's very possible in the future you can play the same game in "high" on your ipad and "low" on your iphone. You'll have mobile devices without the need for perhiphals, like a TV. I'd figure this is almost an ideal situation for today's moderate internet user and gamer. Even among friends, instead of playing on a console just play with 4 tablets over local wifi. A console for everybody. It doesn't make it any less social unless you yourself make it less social (playing different games when together for instance).

Now if they could just figure out a better control scheme then toutchscreens.....

A bit overkill...
By jonmcc33 on 12/15/2011 10:33:32 AM , Rating: 2
You can access Netflix, YouTube, etc on most streaming media players ($100 or less). A $300-400 console is not needed for that. On my PS3 I did 99% gaming on it. Found it useless for my other needs.

RE: A bit overkill...
By bigdawg1988 on 12/15/2011 11:30:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure most Wii Netflix streamers will say, "Why buy a streaming player when I already have a perfectly good Wii that does the same thing?"
People mainly buy the Wii to play games, but it does a good job of streaming too.

Old eyes for a cell phone
By mchentz on 12/15/2011 7:29:36 PM , Rating: 2
Cell phones and most tablets are a PITA to read and game on because of the small screens. Consoles don't offer enough control for gaming. We are considering a XBOX because it can be used on AT&T U-Verse as a DVR and can play DVD's, then the grandchildren can play a game on it I suppose. No gaming on consoles for us though we continue to use our PC's. PC's are way more useful and flexible than consoles for streaming movies or playing games for us older people :).

Very funny
By ultramegastupid on 12/16/2011 4:21:12 AM , Rating: 2
And what this means that Consoles are increasingly being used as non-gaming devices (read video streamers or media devices) rather than purely gaming device!

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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