PS3 owners streamed video 25% of their console time in 2012, reveals report
- Posted March 14th, 2013 at 06:48 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 4 Comments
A report by market research specialist Nielson on the use of video-on-demand (VOD) and streaming services on consoles has revealed that PlayStation 3 owners watched video content 25 percent of the time when using their systems in 2012.
It’s a stat which indicates that PS3 is leading the trend for people watching streamed content on their consoles, with the figure up 15 percent from the previous year. In comparison, Xbox 360 owners streamed video 13 percent of the time, while Wii users watched video 32 percent of the time.
The comparison chart below shows the statistics and a breakdown of how things have changed since 2011.
What we’ve also found interesting is that Xbox 360 gamers are reported to play videogames online 33 percent of the time, while PS3 gamers spend just 18 percent of their game-playing time hooked up to multiplayer titles. We’re guessing Halo has a lot of sway over that particular stat.
With the release of Microsoft and Sony's next-generation consoles looming we should see this trend gathering even more pace in the coming years. One of the early screenshots of the PS4 interface shows how players will be able to edit and stream each others' videos, while Sony's partnership with cloud-based streaming service Gaikai should open up a whole new world of streaming possibilities in 2014.
- 8:02am EDT - March 14th, 2013
Interesting though those figures are, as a researcher they don't tell me very much at all. You might think they do, but they don't. Trouble is there's no real context to those figures, for instance how many hours a week do Xbox 360 owners use there console, and likewise PS3 and Wii owners? Because if PS3 owners only turn their consoles on for 4 hours a week as opposed to 360 owners say using their consoles 12 hours a week that puts an entirely new spin on those figures. Just as the contrary position would if the roles were reversed. As I say, without further context these sorts of percentage based stats don't really tell us much. Also what was the sample size and where did they draw the sample from?
- 10:42am EDT - March 14th, 2013
I don't know how they came to this number, I NEVER streamed video on the PS3 and the guys I know didn't either ... Anyway I can't understand why someone would pay 5$ to rent a movie for 48 hours, or even worse pay 8 $ for a lesser than DVD quality or 10+ $ for a false HD movie ...
- 8:19am EDT - March 15th, 2013
@ PermanentlyAngry - Preach it brotha (or sistah... if that's the case)!
I never understand how common sense doesn't tell everyone that these "percentage only" charts are complete B.S. It's like showing someone the equation (A x B + C - D / E) to the power of F = 6 and asking someone what the actual value of D is. There is just way to much information missing to actually have any of these "statistics" make any sense.
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 10:44am EDT - March 16th, 2013
Umm, can't really put played Blu-Rays next to X-box.
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