Report: Video Game Consoles in 41% of U.S. Homes
March 5, 2007 3:56 PM
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A study by Nielsen shows that game console popularity in the U.S. continues to rise
A new report released by Nielsen
claims that video game consoles are now in 41% of U.S. homes
, an 18.5% increase from the fourth quarter of 2004. In a report called “The State of the Console,” conducted by the recently launched Nielsen Wireless and Interactive Services division, the division spearheaded a study from the fourth quarter of 2004 until the fourth quarter of 2006, attempting to study trends in console ownership in the U.S.
The study found that almost 46 million homes had consoles in them by the last quarter of 2006, allowing around 150 million people the opportunity to play a console system when they pleased. At any moment during the day, 1.6 million people can be found using a video game console system. Furthermore, console owners also spend an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes per day gaming.
Not surprisingly, two-thirds of men who are between 18 and 34 years of age in television households also have access to game consoles.
Console gamers are also increasingly using the Internet while gaming, with more than 4.4 million households connecting to the Internet.
This report was the first in a series of studies that Nielsen has been working on. Game publishers and advertisers will likely use the data gathered by Nielsen to try to accurately implement dynamic in-game ads to help raise revenue.
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Failure rates & customer service.
3/6/2007 2:02:54 AM
A study by Nielsen should ask some very important questions like-
-Failure rates of consoles.
"The 360's failure rates are bad enough; why does customer service have to be this bad? "
I'm printing this because I've gotten many letters that say the same thing. His just happened to have been the best so far, and I've had plenty. Many people have said in comments that they're waiting to buy a 360 until they feel more comfortable about the failure rate, and hearing stories about customers who not only bought the system (and the extended warranty) having so many problems on the phone will only lose Microsoft more customers.
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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