Survey Results: Mobile Games are not Killing Consoles
A survey of gamers and tech enthusiasts suggests that, contrary to what many analysts think, mobile phone and tablet games are not harming games console sales.
These days, when a heavily hyped video game does not sell as well as expected, journalists, analysts and even investors often point to it as a sign that the console industry is in decline due to the rise of casual and smart phone games. 3DS Buzz wanted to see if all-in-one mobile devices really are killing consoles.
Last month we conducted a survey to find out. Obviously our regular readers, who own the latest handheld games console would disagree with the idea that it is dying out. We wanted to ask those who had been DS gamers but it seemed, had turned their backs on the latest gaming system.
With the support of general tech and gadget websites, we found almost 300 people who had bought a DS but not a 3DS and asked them why they hadn’t. We provided 16 options and allowed participants to pick as many reasons why they hadn’t made the purchase as they wanted.
Just 2% of voters selected, “I’m happy with my mobile phone/tablet for handheld gaming.” That does not suggest that 2% had been turned off the 3DS purely because of mobile phone games, just that they stated it as a contributing factor. In total this option received just 1% of the votes. These are low figures in comparison to 34% who simply hadn’t seen enough games they wanted for the console and 60% who would like a 3DS if they had enough money to spare.
Mobile gaming is certainly on the increase, but it doesn’t seem to be stealing gamers away from consoles.