Over 90% of gamers do not own a 'next-gen' console

Last generation seen a total over over 160 million consoles sold across the 3 major consoles. That current figure for the ‘next-gen’ is currently sitting at just over 15 million. This means that less than 10% of gamers who owned a Wii, PS3 or Xbox 360 have one of the three new consoles. Of course, this doesn't mean doom and gloom for any of the consoles considering their short life span, but it does mean that pretty much all of the market is up for grabs and we shouldn’t be too concerned by how a console is performing just yet.


Should read 260 million, not 160 million.

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Chupa-Chupa1574d ago

you know why? because the PS3 and Xbox 360 is good enough for 90% of us.

Abash1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

Nah, it's more because over 90% of consumers can't find a PS4 in stock

PSNintyGamer1574d ago

You know, some gamers actually don't have wallets full of money and wait a couple of years before purchasing a new console

Chupa-Chupa1574d ago

i want to believe you, but I don't. I see them at the store all the time. The lack of games for it doesn't justify the jump for me. I'm content with my PS3 and it's huge library at the moment.

Yi-Long1574d ago

@Abash: Exactly. I've been looking for a PS4 here in Holland since it was released, but it's out of stock everywhere, with long lists of people who have ordered one. Sometimes here and there a few hit the market, and are sold out immediately.

Demand is extremely high. Sadly, supply isn't. Not here in Holland at least.

Septic1574d ago

Ah making figures up I see Abash.

Anyway, my mates are waiting on some decent games to pop up before making the jump.

Muffins12231574d ago

Even then it just came out,its gonna take a few years to get majority,i would say by the end of 2014,would say around 30% or more gamers would have a next gen console

Eonjay1574d ago

No, its becasue the just came out.

stuna11574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

Although I agree with your assessment, I'm wondering why an article like this would even have to be written? Simple addition would verify the fact 90 percent of gamers don't own a next gen console! Even adding the WII U into the equation you'll find that it's actually over 90 percent that don't own a next gen console.

The real good thing about that is I that percentage is falling more rapidly than previous generations, and going at the pace it's going that percentage will be in the mid to low 80's before 2014 is up.

kevinsheeks1574d ago

I'm waiting for more games to release and a price cut >.>

rodiabloalmeida1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

@PSNintyGamer and @kevinsheeks

Myself included.

B-radical1574d ago

Yep im sure thats why.....smh

DanManDantheMan1574d ago

That's a dead argument man. I'm looking at one in stock right now:

CrimsonDragon901574d ago

Your wrong. I found a PS4 bought it then I change my mind and return it. Everyone looked at me funny when I was returning it. They ask me why was I returning it. I just answer, besides a few improvements in the graphics, my PS3 at home was keeping me more entertain then the PS4. For me to buy and keep a PS4 It needs better games and Sony should update the PS4. It has no 3d blu ray playback, it can't read and play movies and music stored in your USB. It has no adobe flash or internet browsing.

tuglu_pati1574d ago


If you really want a PS$ you can find one. Here is an useful tool that lets you know as soon as is available. I found mine using it.

NarooN1574d ago

That's nonsense. I've seen PS4's in stock in most of the stores here.

I just simply don't see the reason to jump to PS4 right now. Still playing my PS3 and PC. When the PS4 has a decent amount of exclusives that I'm interested in, then I'll make the jump. Otherwise if I got one, it'd just be sitting there collecting dust... What a waste.

MysticStrummer1574d ago

"i want to believe you, but I don't. I see them at the store all the time."

I want to believe you, but I don't. I've been looking for one pretty steadily since I bought my new TV a few weeks ago. They're nowhere to be found around me.

SaturdayNightBeaver1574d ago

Haha , here at my end there are ps4 consoles everywhere , but sadly we are all poor and cannot afford it. I'm saving like crazy tho :)

RyuCloudStrife1574d ago

what a stupid article. Thank you for telling me the obvious, douche!

Anything else to report? The sky is blue?

k2d1573d ago

And next-gen gamers stand for 90 % off console game purchases. /bs number, but we are a driving factor.

KiLLUMiNATi_891573d ago

90%? Where is the facts behind that theory ?

darthv721573d ago

i have the wii-u but not the xb1 or ps4 yet. So at least i have my toe in the door of next gen. xb1 will be a foot and the ps4 will be the rest of me at some point.

UltimateMaster1573d ago

"Over 90% of gamers do not own a 'next-gen' console" ...yet

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Agent Smith1574d ago

Why are people still calling the PS4/Xbone next-gen still? It's current gen now.

Truehellfire1574d ago

This always happens. It took like two years for the industry to stop calling PS360 next-gen. I agree its a little annoying but I'm fine with it for now. Another year though not so much...

-Foxtrot1574d ago

Or...maybe they can't afford one yet

Hicken1574d ago

That's the question I wanted to ask: what do they mean by "gamer?" Because not everybody being labeled as such would even have a PS3 or 360(since mobile only gamers and facebook-style gamers count, too).

worldwidegaming1574d ago

This is the part where fans start to act stupid.
PS3 is the BEST console out right now! It benefits the most from PS+ and has the most deals.
There is no real need to just jump up and buy into next gen with the lack of titles out right now.
You can do no wrong by just waiting it out!
In the end you will have a host of titles you like and maybe some price reductions on games.
Another fact, PS3 games are still being made! Exclusive to PS3 (not 360/xb1/PS4)

I went out and got one because I can afford to throw money into the wind like a lot of us out there.
If people wanna complain so much about it not being good enough they can just offer to pay for yours!

Note: Just go to a store and ask, they are not so rare in the states!

Agent_hitman1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )


Actually more gamers wants a next gen hardware, but the thing is, they can't still afford it. Plus that games are expensive like $60..

While the other gamers would rather prefer PC games like STEAM where they can buy games at minimum/cheaper price..

assdan1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

I'd say it's because 90% of people have decided it's not necessary... yet. This is a stupid article though. It's barely 3 months in. Most people won't adopt these consoles for a year or two.

Akuma071574d ago

Actually it's because 160 million PEOPLE didn't buy a console.

There were 160 million consoles sold, this includes multiple purchases per house hold, and multiple purchases per person due to mechanical failure.

And given the HUGE failure rate of the 360, I would say that the actual number of people that own a a current gen console is significantly less than 160 mil.

Tdmd1574d ago

It is for me. I'll get a ps4 eventually, maybe next year. But so far, I haven't seen nothing that would bring the urge to upgrad now. Not only is ps3 still getting great support, but I also have a huge backlog to get.

Sarcasm1574d ago

Speak for yourself.

And it's been 3 MONTHS compared to 7-8 years of sales.

avengers19781574d ago

Well duh, almost everyone I know waits 2-3 years after a launch, because A) the price always comes down B) they are still enjoying there old systems, with plenty of cheap games to keep them happy C) the library for new consoles is usually pretty small/weak compared to what it will be D) they are not trying to drive themselves crazy trying to find a new console.

From a Sony fans point of view, PS4 does have the largest chunk of that 10% as it has outsold the WII U, and is currently a 2 to 1 over XB1 world wide.

BattleN1574d ago

I agree 100% I still play that 3rd person shooter from 2011 on my 360. Gears 3 is so fun to me I dont know why! I missed out on PS3 so I might have to buy one and all the gems it has to offer. I also have WiiU so I'm enjoying my gaming life. Posting via my WiiU really sweet! Ps4 will be a future purchase for sure tho!

Locknuts1573d ago

When you can just buy a PS3 and a PS+ subscription and never bother buying any games? Of course....

khitman181573d ago

Maybe if ps4 or the xbox supported backwards compatibility I wouldn't hesitate buying them right now. However, the lack of games aside, I see no benefit on buying a next gen system. Better graphics doesn't do it for me. I play games for fun and not to watch the visuals... Stuff like online chatting, playing movies, sharing and premium apps do not matter to me. My pc, my phone, my entertainment system, and even my TV has those stuff already... I want to PLAY games.. They are GAMING consoles afterall.

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mafiahajeri1574d ago

no need to buy one now and would have been a bigger mistake to buy at launch, tbh I have one but tbh if I would recommend a time to buy the ps4 it would be with infamous and driveclub coming soon, infamous really has a next gen feel to it so its the best place to take the plunge.

But hey, supporting the industry right? How can we ask for top notch games without buying consoles.

I was pissed at devs not making games for current gen consoles because of its low market share, but gamers are to blame also they need to get moving and leave their last gen consoles behind.

admiralvic1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

I just have to ask... so what?

Unless you think Killzone Shadow Fall, Dead Rising 3, inFAMOUS Second Son or Killer Instinct are got to have titles, there isn't a reason to shell out $400+ dollars for a current gen console. I mean, most people that own an Xbox One or PS4 are either trendsetters (like myself), bought into the hype (people who said because the new consoles were super easy to developer for we wouldn't see a dry spell), people who happened to have the money at the time (easier to justify $400+ during the holidays than on March 15) or people who don't mind waiting because last gen consoles still have good games coming out and or several current gen games are also coming out for last gen consoles.

The only exception is the Wii U, since that has games (several solid ones at that and two heavy hitters coming out), though I think most people that don't have a Wii U are waiting for SSB / MK or rather spend the extra money for a console with a more positive outlook (zero offense to the Wii U, which I think is a nice console, but the outlook is pretty grim and most sites look at it as dead).

kalkano1574d ago

Over 90% of gamers are waiting for a reason to buy one.

LOGICWINS1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

Pretty much. I haven't gamed on my PS4 in two weeks since I started my new job. Im like 82% complete with Black Flag but Im not really encouraged to finish it knowing Im never getting a Platinum trophy due to some trophies requiring heavy online play....not a big fan of AC online.

I'm waiting on the Witcher 3 and the Order. Second Son with the exception of the visuals doesnt seem drastically different from past Infamous games. I'll play it at some point, but that game wouldnt make me buy a PS4 if I didnt already have one.

wonderfulmonkeyman1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

Pretty much, aside from the fact that I've got one next-gen console[ wii u]...
I wouldn't mind owning a PS4, but the price isn't right and there aren't enough good single player games.
PS+ isn't attractive to me because multiplayer is getting tied to it, which irks me, and as far as the free games go, my interests in third party games tend to be very specific, so I don't care about the tons of free games up on offer for streaming.
It also irks me that I can't play any of my PS3 games on it without re-buying them.
I think it should be an industry standard to continue supporting AT LEAST the most recent past generation of consoles on newer ones.
I'll gladly eat the cost or deal with lesser graphical promises if it lets me use my collection of wonderful past titles with no fuss.
Native BC > Streaming pay-again BC.
Because, in the long run, I'll save more money by just buying a slightly more expensive console than I would by having to re-buy my entire collection of games from a past console just to keep them around more easily on a console that won't break down as soon.

LOGICWINS1574d ago

I personally think $399 for parts that would cost double if sold seperately is a great deal. I got mine for $299 after trading in my close to breaking PS3. Best deal if Ive ever gotten on a console tbh.

Mr_Writer851573d ago

So you say the price isn't right for you.

But would pay more then that for BC?

Why not just keep your PS3?

wonderfulmonkeyman1573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

@ Writer: I already AM keeping my PS3, but having to switch around cords every single time, and knowing that my PS3 will someday break down and force me to buy a new one to continue playing the games longer, is an irk factor that would be greatly mitigated by allowing the PS4 to play PS3 games natively.
It would also give the PS4 more value, since I would be able to continue buying and playing PS3 games while I wait for the PS4 to get games worth having.
That's why I'd pay more for the BC; the price is worth it because it increases the available library exponentially without needing to re-purchase my collection in streamed form.
Without BC, the console lacks enough games for me to even bother picking it up at its current price.
With BC native, $400 would be a STEAL.

wonderfulmonkeyman1573d ago

Not so much MGS. Maybe Infamous, since I owned the first two[I liked them, but felt the choices for endings in 2 just plain sucked], but that's still just one game...

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gk071574d ago

Im waiting to maybe a year or so ,i just need more games first.