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Console gaming - statistics & facts

Console gaming is one of the oldest and most popular forms of gaming worldwide. Ever since the first home video game systems were released in the 1970s, millions of players have transformed their living rooms into personal arcades and delved into the animated worlds of Zelda, Super Mario, and the like. While technology has visibly advanced since the early days of console gaming and more players now favor smartphones and PCs over traditional devices, revenues of the global video game consoles market keep rising every year.

Console gaming audiences and gaming behavior

In 2020, Hong Kong, Spain, and the United States were the countries with the highest console gaming penetration rates worldwide. Taking a closer look at console gaming demographics in the U.S., a recent survey showed that over 60 percent of gamers are aged between 20 to 39 years, whereas consoles are less popular with teens. Another ongoing trend in the world of console gaming is the use of subscription services. Newer generation consoles are no longer just analog devices but rather a gateway to unlimited online gaming content. As of late 2020, Nintendo Switch Online and Xbox Live were the most popular gaming subscription services worldwide, with almost 50 percent of the consoles’ respective user bases subscribing to them.

Ringing in a new round of console wars

The global home console market is dominated by Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. In 2020, the Nintendo Switch held the largest game console market share worldwide, with titles such as Animal Crossing driving global demand. Nintendo’s other two handheld hits, the Nintendo DS and Game Boy, also rank high in the running for most-sold video game consoles worldwide. While only the PlayStation 2 has sold more units globally, Nintendo increasingly takes a backseat to Sony and Microsoft. The two manufacturers recently released their newest generation of gaming consoles, and although products from both companies are forecast to see unit sales growth over the next few years, the PS5 is expected to have a higher installed base than the Xbox Series X/S. This trend is not as much attributable to the console itself but rather Sony’s line of exclusive gaming titles.

What are the best-selling console games worldwide?

As of January 2021, Wii sports remains the best-selling console game of all time at over 82 million shipments. Other noteworthy titles in the running for the world’s number one console game include Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart Wii, and other releases from Nintendo’s beloved Super Mario franchise. Looking at more recent releases, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare stood unchallenged as the top-grossing premium gaming title in 2020, with over 1.91 billion U.S. dollars in global revenue. Activision’s latest edition of the long-running first-person shooter series, Black Ops Cold War, also placed among the most popular games on the PlayStation 5 in the United States.

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Console gaming - statistics & facts

Console gaming is one of the oldest and most popular forms of gaming worldwide. Ever since the first home video game systems were released in the 1970s, millions of players have transformed their living rooms into personal arcades and delved into the animated worlds of Zelda, Super Mario, and the like. While technology has visibly advanced since the early days of console gaming and more players now favor smartphones and PCs over traditional devices, revenues of the global video game consoles market keep rising every year.

Console gaming audiences and gaming behavior

In 2020, Hong Kong, Spain, and the United States were the countries with the highest console gaming penetration rates worldwide. Taking a closer look at console gaming demographics in the U.S., a recent survey showed that over 60 percent of gamers are aged between 20 to 39 years, whereas consoles are less popular with teens. Another ongoing trend in the world of console gaming is the use of subscription services. Newer generation consoles are no longer just analog devices but rather a gateway to unlimited online gaming content. As of late 2020, Nintendo Switch Online and Xbox Live were the most popular gaming subscription services worldwide, with almost 50 percent of the consoles’ respective user bases subscribing to them.

Ringing in a new round of console wars

The global home console market is dominated by Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. In 2020, the Nintendo Switch held the largest game console market share worldwide, with titles such as Animal Crossing driving global demand. Nintendo’s other two handheld hits, the Nintendo DS and Game Boy, also rank high in the running for most-sold video game consoles worldwide. While only the PlayStation 2 has sold more units globally, Nintendo increasingly takes a backseat to Sony and Microsoft. The two manufacturers recently released their newest generation of gaming consoles, and although products from both companies are forecast to see unit sales growth over the next few years, the PS5 is expected to have a higher installed base than the Xbox Series X/S. This trend is not as much attributable to the console itself but rather Sony’s line of exclusive gaming titles.

What are the best-selling console games worldwide?

As of January 2021, Wii sports remains the best-selling console game of all time at over 82 million shipments. Other noteworthy titles in the running for the world’s number one console game include Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart Wii, and other releases from Nintendo’s beloved Super Mario franchise. Looking at more recent releases, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare stood unchallenged as the top-grossing premium gaming title in 2020, with over 1.91 billion U.S. dollars in global revenue. Activision’s latest edition of the long-running first-person shooter series, Black Ops Cold War, also placed among the most popular games on the PlayStation 5 in the United States.

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