Submitted by pakua 636d ago | opinion piece

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. (PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Update Should read 260 million, not 160 million.

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Chupa-Chupa  +   636d ago
you know why? because the PS3 and Xbox 360 is good enough for 90% of us.
Abash  +   636d ago | Well said
Nah, it's more because over 90% of consumers can't find a PS4 in stock
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PSNintyGamer  +   636d 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-Chupa  +   636d 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-Long  +   636d 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.
Septic  +   636d ago
Ah making figures up I see Abash.

Anyway, my mates are waiting on some decent games to pop up before making the jump.
Muffins1223  +   636d 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
Eonjay  +   636d ago
No, its becasue the just came out.
stuna1  +   636d 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.
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kevinsheeks  +   636d ago
I'm waiting for more games to release and a price cut >.>
rodiabloalmeida  +   636d ago
@PSNintyGamer and @kevinsheeks

Myself included.
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B-radical  +   635d ago
Yep im sure thats why.....smh
DanManDantheMan  +   635d ago
That's a dead argument man. I'm looking at one in stock right now: http://www.bestbuy.com/site...
CrimsonDragon90  +   635d 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_pati  +   635d ago

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NarooN  +   635d 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.
MysticStrummer  +   635d 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.
SaturdayNightBeaver  +   635d 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 :)
RyuCloudStrife  +   635d ago
what a stupid article. Thank you for telling me the obvious, douche!

Anything else to report? The sky is blue?
k2d  +   635d ago
And next-gen gamers stand for 90 % off console game purchases. /bs number, but we are a driving factor.
KiLLUMiNATi_89  +   635d ago
90%? Where is the facts behind that theory ?
darthv72  +   635d 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.
UltimateMaster  +   634d ago
"Over 90% of gamers do not own a 'next-gen' console" ...yet
Agent Smith  +   636d ago
Why are people still calling the PS4/Xbone next-gen still? It's current gen now.
Truehellfire  +   635d 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...
-Foxtrot  +   636d ago
Or...maybe they can't afford one yet
Magicite  +   636d ago
define ''gamer''
Hicken  +   635d 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).
worldwidegaming  +   635d 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_hitman  +   635d 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..
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assdan  +   635d 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.
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Akuma07  +   635d 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.
Tdmd  +   635d 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.
Sarcasm  +   635d ago
Speak for yourself.

And it's been 3 MONTHS compared to 7-8 years of sales.
avengers1978  +   635d 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.
BattleN  +   635d 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!
Locknuts  +   635d ago
When you can just buy a PS3 and a PS+ subscription and never bother buying any games? Of course....
khitman18  +   634d 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.
mafiahajeri  +   636d 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.
admiralvic  +   636d 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).
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kalkano  +   636d ago
Over 90% of gamers are waiting for a reason to buy one.
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LOGICWINS  +   636d 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.
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NarooN  +   635d ago
This so much.
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   635d 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.
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LOGICWINS  +   635d 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_Writer85  +   635d 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?
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   634d 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.
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sander9702  +   635d ago
Infamous and MGS?
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   634d 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...
gk07  +   636d ago
Im waiting to maybe a year or so ,i just need more games first.
-EvoAnubis-  +   636d ago
Well, no shit. It's not like the entire gamer community buys new consoles in the first four months.
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KingDadXVI  +   636d ago
Wow, this author can do basic math. 10% of last gen consoles would equal approximately 27 million new gen consoles.

Must be a slow news day.
mike32UK  +   635d ago
It's all about the word play

'almost 10% of all gamers already own a next gen system'

Shows the statement in a completely different light, besides these machines have been out a mere 3 months. I'd say that is a fantastic achievement
KingDadXVI  +   635d ago
I would have to concur with your hypothesis.
objdadon  +   636d ago
Well I'm enjoying my ps4 and xbox one so can pretty much care less lol!
fenome  +   636d ago
So I guess I'm in the 10% club, I'll call us the 10 percenters. lol
barb_wire  +   636d ago
I bought the 360 and then the 60GB PS3 at launch. Cost me a fortune.

This time I'm waiting.
NyleR  +   636d ago
9 months and about 75% will have a next gen console
KonsoruMasuta  +   635d ago
The number won't be that big in 9 months.
XxExacutionerxX  +   636d ago
Thats because both PS3 and Xbox 360 has way better games and you have people like me who own both next gen consoles and there are no games for either.
PainUzumaki  +   635d ago
*does not own a Xbone*....
PS3Freak  +   635d ago
*does not own an Xbone*

MysticStrummer  +   635d ago
*don't want an XBone*
DualWielding  +   635d ago
so far each generation the market has expanded because at first only kids gamed but each generation had some people that grew up and kept on gaming and a new batch of kids that got onto gaming. Last gen saw the biggest explosion due to Nintendo's drawing a casual crowd that had never gamed before..

This is gonna be the first gen where total numbers actually shrink because the casual Nintendo brought last gen are now lost to iphone and ipads and so are the new generation on kids are also onto mobiles and tablets rather than consoles...... Nintendo would take the worst hit while Microsoft and Sony would be fine for this generations most (but not all) people who owned a PS3 and 360 would likely upgrade sooner or later to their successors... However, consoles losing the next gen of kids to mobile is worrying for the long term prospects of the industry
Master-H  +   635d ago
Me personally , am waiting for money.
There isn't a must buy title on ps4 for me yet but i'd really like to play Assassin's Creed 4 on it, and other 3rd party/cross gen games till the exclusives i care about come out.
Also getting Dark Souls II on ps3 in a couple weeks helps me cope :)
bloodybutcher  +   635d ago
exactly-i would probably buy one now if i could.but i think there is no harm in waiting few months longer--i'll probably get it in july or for my birthday in august.ac4 would be interesting to play, i think, but i wouldn't buy it for 60-70€.same goes for kz and infamous.tbh, no game is worth that much,imo.unless it is purely online game, i.e. bf, that you just have to get quickly,otherwise going in as a 1st level guy, when everyone knows all the maps,good spots etc., is always a chore.
edit: oh yeah, dark souls II is right now highly anticipated by me and my friend-we played(and still do!) through demon's souls and dark souls together.
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chikane  +   635d ago
myself just started saving only up to 70$ right now so i still have a ways to go till the ps4 is all my -_-
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bloodybutcher  +   635d ago
hehe,you are still in better situation then me-no savings
Soldierone  +   635d ago
People above claiming to see PS4's in stock everywhere they go, why are you missing out on money? Buy one and throw it on Ebay, worse case scenario you get all your money back and no profit..... lol

Sorry I haven't seen a PS4 in stock in my area at all, even on launch day they were gone before I got there.

With Titanfall, InFamous, Destiny, etc... all coming out more people will buy a next generation console. Right now they can all just play their COD or Battlefield on a PS3/360
TheOmniGamer  +   635d ago
Because like most people, they wait for a certain system seller title to buy a PS4 or XB1 for and don't lie to me and tell me there are titles on PS4 or XB1 that justify your next-gen console purchase, there collecting dust just like my XB1 and PS4 are. Ironically my Wii U get's played the most these days, now with Donkey Kong released.
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ger2396  +   635d ago
As a gamer I don't have to justify my purchase to anyone. I play killzone, fifa 14, bf4 and other games on my ps4. I'm perfectly happy with my purchase. Why would you buy two consoles and realize there are no games you like?
TheOmniGamer  +   635d ago
I'm a collector of consoles, always buy them at launch and I know the consequences and I know the games are coming in less than a month.
Geekman  +   635d ago
Hm. I have to admit I went back to my 360 like a week after getting the PS4 and Wii U.
ninjagoat  +   635d ago
One off the biggest pains off rushing in and buying early on these new consoles as I've found out with each gen is the wait for new games.

I don't just mean the games that release around launch they never carry much potential to me. I get what i deem the best off them to fill time and never expect to much from them i certainly don't get hyped for them for i know come a year are so down the line the big studios start to fire off with the classics that will start to define the console. But the issue always is that's a wait.

In between that time you have the idiots rushing and hyping every piece off crap in between times that normally they wouldn't touch with a barge poll. But because they have so little to play there standards suddenly takes a drop and they will play anything.

I've always been an early adopter when it comes to new hardware so I'm used to all this and i know where my money goes i like to think I'm a bit wiser after the years I've been playing. But i think if i was truthfully wise id skip launches all together and wait for the big games to hit the platforms.

For i think its up to the platform holder to make an impression on us. They are the ones that bring the promises to the table and hike the prices up. We are just the poor sods that pay for it.
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incredibleMULK  +   635d ago
You're crazy bf4 is totally different than ps3 version.. call of duty is better too. I do miss kz3 though. Kz shadow fall is fun though. I don't have any regrets selling my ps3 though. Between ps4, work, PC, and school I.made a choice to play the newer games on ps4 the old ones on PC. I used the $260 from my ps3 for my ps4 so a $140 difference to play newer better version of games is hardly idiotic to me. Plus I get cross game chat and the good versions of multi plat games unlike the ps3.
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wonderfulmonkeyman  +   634d ago
See, this is why I feel native BC of the most recent console generation should be an industry standard; it negates the wait for good games on the new console while the old one is still getting a few last good games for it, and allows us to keep on playing our collections longer due to the newer systems lasting longer than the old.
Two birds, one stone, and it makes it worth a slightly higher price tag.
Like I said in my previous comment to someone else, a PS4 with native BC at $400 would be an extremely tempting offer to me, but as it is now, I'm waiting till 2016.
GordonKnight  +   635d ago
Everyone says there are no games, but the Wii U has a great line up. I have the PS4, XBONE, Wii U and haven't looked back, even though my back log for my 360 & PS3 is large. On top of that great games are still coming out for last Gen. The Stick of Truth.

The way I look at if you don't have the money to buy current Gen it doesn't burn that bad, because last Gen is still being supported with great games.
maniacmayhem  +   635d ago
The 360 and PS3 still have so many games that for me, picking up a next gen console is just wasting money.

Dark Souls II, Castlevanis LoS 2, there's like two more Tales games coming to the PS3 and a whole bunch of backlog games I still haven't played.

No need at the moment for a PS4/X1.
elda  +   635d ago
I would say 95%.
Plagasx  +   635d ago
With good reason... There aren't that many games out right now to really warrant a next gen purchase. Much better to wait huntil the fall. Most games are multi plat ports anyway..
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Agent_hitman  +   635d ago
So does that mean that the remaining 90% are PC, 360/PS3 and Mobile gamers?..
SlapHappyJesus  +   635d ago
Just waiting on more games to be available. I plan on grabbing a Wii U in the coming months and a PS4 probably sometime late next year or so.
The Xbox One I am waiting to see. I am really only interested in Quantum Break. Even if I am REALLY interested in Quantum Break. I think that, another Forza:Horizon release and another big exclusive might sell me on it though. Project Spark and Titanfall are also on PC, so.
mochachino  +   635d ago
And over 90% of gamers don't buy the most popular or, according to reviews and gamers, best games in a year.

Most gamers have unique and disparate tastes but play the yearly iteration of the same game all gen. I suspect for many, that game isn't out yet. Example, a lot of my friends play NHL online all year, they'll buy PS4 when it releases.

Also, the majority of Wii gamers have moved on to their free phone and tablet games as predicted, and 30 mill of 360 sales were probably replacement consoles, and probably 10 mill of PS3 sales were replacement consoles, and some people by multiple working consoles as well.

The core market is probably closer to around 120 million, when considering the number of people that buy both consoles.
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Iltapalanyymi  +   635d ago
us gamers huh? us gamers.
mediate-this  +   635d ago
I think consoles will sell less this generation, I also think a party will be pushed out this gen, I think ps4 will take over. Just a odd feeling.
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