GameSpot: Less than half of PS3 time spent gaming - Study

"With the addition of online-enabled functions like video streaming, Web browsing, and social networking, game consoles are increasingly becoming all-purpose entertainment hubs. The results of a Nielsen study released this week provide evidence of that, as the media-monitoring firm determined that some consumers actually spend more time with a console's extended functions than they do playing its games."

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scar202472d ago (Edited 2472d ago )

When i'm not playing i'm usually watching movies i tend to buy movies alot not from the psn store gonna go watch Despicable Me in a few min.

Edit:@Digital Raptor your right how could i forget free web browsing.

DMason2472d ago

To be honest, I use my PS3 more for media than any of my other consoles. Netflix, TVersity, VUDU, and Bluray make up most of my PS3 experience, except for the PS3 exclusives of course. The multiplats are played on my 360 only because I find the online connectivity with friends a lot more streamlined and more of my buddies play on 360.

Pixel_Enemy2471d ago

Yeah I would say I use my PS3 for watching movies and tv shows through Netflix quite a bit. I am watching Dexter at the moment :) My PS3 is used for media more often than gaming because my girlfriend doesn't game but she uses it for movies. I need a second PS3 for gaming it seems

HolyOrangeCows2471d ago (Edited 2471d ago )

"conducted on a general US population sample of unspecified size"
"general US population sample"
"sample of unspecified size"

I don't buy that. The group they researched must have coincidentally been majorly like this, but I don't at all think that the average Ps3 owner uses it more for things other than gaming, than gaming.

This is the same group that said that the 360's failure rate was down to 4% because they tested a new model that was less than half a year old.

kneon2471d ago

Clearly the majority of people surveyed don't use their gaming consoles much, Xbox 4.9hrs/week and PS3 4.1. And the Wii is under an inch of dust at 1.4 hours/week.

This is not representative of gamers I know. My main PS3 is on at least 6 hours every day.

M4ndat0ry_1nstall2471d ago (Edited 2471d ago )

"This is the same group that said that the 360's failure rate was down to 4%"

Wasn't the 33% failure rate of the 360 estimated by a US company or companies, using data collected from the US population? Why have I never seen you question those statistics but yet you question those I quoted above? Do they not fit in with your agenda?

Are you cereal brah?

Edit: on topic

It's no surprise that (according to the results of this Nielsen study) 40% of time spent on the PS3 is movie related and the other 11% (I assume) is spent web browsing, installing updates/mandatory installs.

The PS3 was basically marketed like this after all <see attachment>

SuperM2471d ago

I dont find that hard to believe at all. Im using PS3 media server alot to stream movies and TV shows, besides i watch bluray movies on it. If you factor in that my gametime is split between PC and PS3 then i do infact use my PS3 alot more for watching movies and series then i do gaming on it. And that has nothing to do with how much i enjoy playing games on my PS3, no need to get defensive over an article like this.

Achemki2471d ago

4.9 and 4.1 hours a WEEK playing games on the 360 and PS3?!

What the...I do that in one day off!

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TK4212471d ago

I believe it. I don't have time to game like I used to. I only buy AAA exclusives now anyway. But I do watch a lot of movies and listen to a lot of music on it.

DigitalRaptor2472d ago

*Waits for fanboy spin*

But really I find myself on the web browser, watching movies or browsing the PSN store when I'm not gaming. The PS3 is a multimedia device, so why not use all of its benefits!

guigsy2472d ago

This isn't a bad thing, if anything it shows how diverse the PS3 is in delivering entertainment.

I feel the same way about the 360, I spend about as much time watching Sky Player as I do playing games.

Zir02472d ago (Edited 2472d ago )

It needs better online to get people playing more, PS3 may have a lot of games but they are all single player and last 8 hours max and are never touched again.

Sony needs to start making some additive multiplayer exclusives like Halo or Gears. Not just 8 hour rents.

The thing is you are in the minority, most of those games are dead online. COD seems to be where all the PS3 online shooter fans goes, same with the 360. But there is still a quite large amount who still play Halo and Gear as well.

scar202472d ago

Ummm ps3 has M.A.G,Killzone,Resistance,to me these games have addicting multiplayer and none were 8 hour rentals.

Terror_B2471d ago

"Ummm ps3 has M.A.G,Killzone,Resistance,to me these games have addicting multiplayer and none were 8 hour rentals."

If these games are as addictive as you make them out to be, more people would be playing them onine. Instead, the playlists are like ghost towns.

A COD game has not been knocked off the most played list on PSN since COD4. What does that say to you? It says more people that own a PS3 prefer a COD game to any of its exclusive games and that is a fact. This will also never change. PS3 exclusives just dont have the gameplay to compete with COD and this makes the PS3 sooo butthurt its funny.

jwk942471d ago

"more people prefer COD game to Halo game on 360." See what i did there? Those games are addicting, and so is uncharted and none of those are ghost towns.

Terror_B2471d ago

""more people prefer COD game to Halo game on 360." See what i did there?"

LOL, played right into my hands little man. Both Halo AND Gears have been top of the most played lists on the 360. Halo has even recently been at the top when Reach was released. See what i did there ROFL!?!?!?!

No game has even come close to competing with COD on the played lists on PS3 whereas both gears and Halo have beaten COD. Ha ha ha ha.

TruthBTold2471d ago

@Terror_B - so Alan Wake and Mass Effect are two great games that are wasting their time on the 360. Its sad how great games don't get the attention they deserve because they are more sp than mp. You make it sound as if you are not playing on line you are not playing a good game at all. I prefer single player games because I love good stories. I wish I could have played Allan Wake but I am happy I will soon be able to experience ME2. It seems all you like are shooters and that's fine but because others prefer different genres it doesn't make yours better or worse. Your list of games must be very short though if you only follow games by being shooters with millions playing online. Hopefully you will always find a game or two that sells millions so you can play online and be certain you can find others to play with. The strange thing is you won't ever play with all of those millions playing it so you can't even tell the difference with having a few hundred or a few million online so sorry but that case your trying to make is pointless.

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DigitalRaptor2472d ago (Edited 2472d ago )

In 2011, you've got:

- Killzone 3 (longer single player than KZ2, co-op splitscreen, enhanced multiplayer. You won't see Halo or CoD numbers online for a Killzone game because it's not as popular, but I think KZ3 will be more polished and have much more to offer and keep players coming back.

- MotorStorm Apocalypse (Singleplayer x3, Arcade modes, 4 player splitscreen, and up to 16 player online races, intensive post-launch support, new tracks, vehicles, customization and sharing.

- Resistance 3 (Great single player with co-op splitscreen, and polished multiplayer).

- Uncharted 3 (pretty much the same as the rest I have mentioned... longer SP, more polished MP with more modes and more to offer).

- Twisted Metal (I think this has a single-player mode, but the online is where this game shines: 4 player splitscreen and online modes).

There are plenty of games coming in 2011 that offer tons of replayability and different gameplay modes. I couldn't care less if the mass market finds Call of Duty more addictive. What matters to me, is that all these games appeal to me more than Halo or CoD ever could.

Baka-akaB2471d ago (Edited 2471d ago )


Then i guess i havent been playing some of the games mentioned and stuff like pes , super street fighter 4 and blazblue on an almost daily basis with ease then ?

Some of you guys are such drama queen ... One or a few games draining most attention online never meant so far on any consoles , that the other games (as long as obviously they aint stuff no one cares about) dont get a good enough population .

It's not as if you play more between a 1 million and 100 000 online players . You just obviously have more choices

Achemki2471d ago

Most games are 8 VS 8 anyways, maybe 16 VS 16 max. Throw in auto matchmaking and you have full lobbies regardless. One million people online together means nothing except more lag on P2P servers. Wow, joy.

yess2471d ago

Playing Warhawk at the moment.
4 Years old, still going strong..

AceofStaves2471d ago

Not everyone enjoys online multiplayer. I can't be bothered with it. I'd rather Sony concentrated on providing great single-player games with some online content for those who want it, rather than focus on online multplayer.

Morpheuzpr2471d ago

It's simple on XBL you pay to play online so you will play online or else you'll feel like you're wasting your money. On PSN you play online whenever you feel like it. That and there's no question that live feels more alive than PSN so people with both systems will be drawn to play online more on XBL, not that PSN is bad but its more like a separate thing where as for XBL is an integral part of the 360.

homer2471d ago

I do not think you have a ps3. Prove me wrong, add me on psn. My psn is power_hungryfool what is yours? Also, do not pull out some bs by saying you do not have an online account because you obviously have internet and they are free.
Also add me on psn. I think you probably have never played a ps3 before, seeing all the lies you just told.(ghost towns?)

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Balt 2472d ago (Edited 2472d ago )

Is that a bad thing? Is it a bad thing that Sony has a system so capable and so flexable? Is it a bad thing that the average consumer wants to do more than just "GAME"?

This is why the media needs a muzzle. They plant seeds that hurt the industry.

I mean, how about this headline -- "More than 13 hours a day are spent away from your home"

It's stupid. It makes no sense. So, now, because I spend more than 13 hours away from my home does that mean I don't like being there? Or does it mean I like being there but have other things going on? Things like this are just counter productive.

ZombieAssassin2472d ago

When i'm not gaming i'm watching movies or tv shows on my ps3 so i guess you could say I spend more time using it as a video player than gaming but i game on it usually around 2-4 hours a day. My xbox is mainly used to stream movies from my PC but thats because it's in the living room and I don't have cable so my bro usually just watches movies/tv on it and I game on it a couple times a week.

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