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Game consoles - statistics & facts

Games consoles were a sensation when they were first released in the early seventies, transforming the home television into an arcade gaming machine. Today, next generation game consoles, manufactured by the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, feature some of the fastest computing and graphics processors, as well as 4K and 8K resolution output, allowing users to play video games that take part in massive virtual worlds, and compete or co-operate with other players around the globe. While allowing users to control a game that appears on an electronic display remains the primary focus of game consoles, consoles such as Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox can perform most of the functions of a home entertainment system.

Regional overview

In 2020, revenue from the video game console market equated to around 92 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of over 17 percent from the previous year. Analysts have put this down to the many people who turned to home entertainment during periods of self-isolation throughout the coronavirus pandemic, with the accessibility of game consoles making them a popular choice. In the U.S., game console revenues amounted to 7.8 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, while in Europe, revenues approached the 14 billion U.S. dollar mark during the same year, a rise of over 15 percent.

Game console companies

The Nintendo Switch held the largest game console market share in 2020, with the popularity of games such as Animal Crossing driving demand. The PlayStation 4 held the largest share among non-portable devices. Of the all-time video game console sales, three of the top five are Sony products. The PlayStation 2 is the best-selling video game console of all time with Nintendo’s DS and Game Boy rounding out the top three. Other competitors include Microsoft’s Xbox console family, although Sony has sold nearly three times as many of its PlayStation 4 console when compared to the Xbox One. This is a trend that is expected to continue with the next generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles, with the PlayStation 5 recording an installed base of five million units in 2020 compared to the Xbox Series X/S at less than four million units.

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