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Gamers indifferent to convergent consoles, study finds

Most gamers don't care about non-gaming extras when it comes to buying video game consoles, a new study by market researcher Frank M. Magid Associates reveals.

The study, which surveyed more than 1,200 gamers (both male and female ages 12-64), asked how interested said players would be in purchasing a gaming device that also played movies, music, TV, and Internet in addition to games. Two thirds expressed apathy or no interest at all.

"When you talk to video gamers, of all ages, the majority say they don't really care about a completely converged entertainment device with games, music, movies, IPTV, Internet and more," said Magid's Mike Vorhaus, in a guest column for GameDaily published Monday. "Many consumers buy and prefer dedicated, single purpose (or limited purpose) devices," he added, with the notable exception being smart phones.

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Captain Tuttle3374d ago (Edited 3374d ago )

Interesting article. According to the survey the majority of consumers who care about "convergence" are 12-17 years old. Not much purchasing power there.

IdleLeeSiuLung3374d ago

yeah, and as the article also point out, probably because they can't afford different devices thus a convergent device is more affordable.

It also shows that both MS and Sony is going in the wrong direction and that gamers really only care about games. What a suprise, hu? /sarcasm

Stop selling us the kitchen sink and give us game features and games! Nothing else, nothing more.