DS trouncing PSP, PS3 edging Wii: part 1 of 2

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How many portable game titles do you own? graph of japanese opinion[part 1] [part 2]

With the Christmas present season upon us and New Year sales soon to come, DIMSDRIVE Research took a timely look at ownership of portable games machine. Over a week in the middle of November 7,508 people from their monitor group successfully completed an internet-based questionnaire. 44.8% of the sample was male, 64.9% married, and 51.7% had children. By age, 1.1% were in their teens, 16.6% in their twenties, 37.1% in their thirties, 27.7% in their forties, 12.7% in their forties, and 4.8% aged sixty or older.

The fad for brain training amongst the elderly is still apparent in this survey, although one must remember that since this poll is conducted amongst people who are internet users, and since internet use is presumably lower amongst the elderly, it would be foolish to draw too many conclusions about the whole over-fifty age group from the results presented here.

Looking at Q4A, there is perhaps the suggestion that people are using the PSP as not just a games machine, but also as a music or video player when they are out and about.

Q1: Which portable games machines do you have? (Sample size=7,508, multiple answer)

Other Game Boy (Advance, etc) 24.1%
Nintendo DS 17.9%
Nintendo DS Lite 14.4%
PSP (PlayStation Portable) 10.7%
Game Boy Micro 1.6%
Other 1.2%
None (to Q9) 55.0%

Q2: Which games machine do you use the most? (Sample size=3,377)

Nintendo DS 28.9%
Nintendo DS Lite 28.0%
Other Game Boy (Advance, etc) 13.8%
PSP 11.0%
Game Boy Micro 0.7%
Other 0.4%
None of them (to Q10) 17.2%

Q3: About how often do you use that machine? (Sample size=2,782)

  All DS
N=975
DS Lite
N=946
PSP
N=373
Every day 22.0% 21/9% 31.8% 14.7%
Five or six times a week 8.4% 8.4% 11.1% 8.3%
Three or four times a week 12.9% 16.3% 14.3% 13.1%
Once or twice a week 24.0% 25.7% 23.5% 24.8%
Twice or thrice a month 13.2% 11.9% 10.7% 19.0%
Once a month 6.4% 5.7% 4.3% 6.2%
Once every two or three months 4.3% 3.9% 1.7% 2.5%
Less than that 7.9% 5.3% 1.7% 9.1%
Don’t know 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 2.3%

Q4: Where do you often use that portable games machine? (Sample size=2,782, multiple answer)

Home 94.2%
Bus, train, etc 15.0%
Station, bus stop 6.6%
Car 4.2%
Work or school 3.5%
Friend’s house 3.3%
Other place outside 2.8%
Restaurant, etc 2.6%
Other 1.3%
Don’t know 0.5%

Here is a slightly more detailed look at two of the answers which presumably were the two that displayed the most interesting trends.

Q4A: Where do you often use that portable games machine? (Sample size=2,782, multiple answer)

  DS
N=975
DS Lite
N=946
PSP
N=373
Home 69.9% 95.3% 89.5%
Bus, train, etc 10.7% 16.9% 24.4%
Station, bus stop 3.4% 8.1% 11.8%

Q5: How many titles do you own for that games machine? (Sample size=2,782)

One or two 37.9%
Three to five 37.1%
Six to ten 15.6%
Eleven to twenty 5.1%
Twenty-one or more 2.4%
Don’t know 1.9%

Q6: What genres of titles do you often play on that games machine? (Sample size=2,782, multiple answer)

Brain training 54.6%
Role playing game 37.3%
Puzzle or quiz 25.1%
Adventure game 17.9%
Action 17.3%
Simulation 16.9%
Dictionary, recipe, other learning-related 13.0%
Race 6.8%
Sports 6.0%
Shooting 3.6%
Fighting game 3.4%
Movies, music 2.3%
Other 2.0%
Don’t know 1.7%

Looking in detail by age at the playing of brain training games, we see the same trend as previously reported regarding brain-boosting gaming grannies.

Q6A: Do you often play brain training games on that games machine? (Sample size=2,782, multiple answer)

Male, 19 and under 30.8%
Male 20 to 29 42.9%
Male 30 to 39 51.8%
Male 40 to 49 53.8%
Male 50 to 59 51.3%
Male 60 and older 57.1%
Female, 19 and under 38.5%
Female 20 to 29 55.3%
Female 30 to 39 55.9%
Female 40 to 49 58.1%
Female 50 to 59 68.8%
Female 60 and older 71.4%

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