Japanese losing interest in next-generation games machines

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Would you want to buy a PS Vita? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently took their third regular look at games machines, and according to the report on japan.internet.com, interest in the newest devices is waning.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 26th of April 2012 1,083 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.8% of the sample were male, 16.3% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 21.2% in their thirties, 16.3% in their forties, and 28.0% aged fifty or older.

The article doesn’t report the question I would like to hear answered, why people are not interested in the new devices. For the PS Vita and Xperia PLAY, is it that normal smartphones do the job well enough, and with various surveys pointing to the majority of those in their twenties now carrying smartphones, a prime target for Sony already derives enough fun from their iPhone, Galaxy or other big-seller?
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PS Vita versus Wii U versus Xperia Play

Do you think you will buy a Nintendo Wii U? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on a survey by goo Research into games machines, the second regular survey into this topic.

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Between the 26th and 29th of January 2012 1,073 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.3% of the sample were male, 15.9% in their teens, 18.3% in their twenties, 21.5% in their thirties, 16.3% in their forties, and 28.0% aged fifty or older.

I’ve not really got much interest in buying any of them, but I’d like to find out more about the Wii U.
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Just one in ten interesting in a PC Vita or a Wii U

Do you want to buy the Nintendo Wii U? graph of japanese statisticsWith recent reports of Sony and rather surprisingly Nintendo too losing money, they undoubtedly have high hopes for their next generation of consoles, but this recent survey from goo Research and reported on by japan.internet.com into games machines (the first in a new series of regular surveys) does not make good reading.

Demographics

Between the 17th and 19th of October 2011 1,083 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.3% of the sample were male, 16.3% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 21.9% in their thirties, 16.3% in their forties, and 27.3% aged fifty or older.

I wonder if just as people talk about a post-PC world where smartphones and tablets take the fore, are we also entering a post-console world? Zynga, the makers of FarmVille and other Facebook games are about to float at a valuation of $6 billion, and DeNA, the people who run the almost-exclusively Japanese gaming site Mobage had a turnover of about $1.5 billion (yes, dollars, not yen) last year with a profit ratio of about 50%! However, both these companies offer mainly pretty simple browser-based games using the freemium model – free to play, but with additional items available for a fee. Similarly, the iPhone and Android app stores price games very cheap and support them using either or both in-game advertising or paid-for additional items or levels. Thus, a separate console plus $30 or $40 per game looks not too good a deal.
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More interest in the PlayStation Vita than the Wii U

Might you buy the Wii U? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on the ninth regular survey by goo Research into consumer games machines.

Demographics

Over the 14th and 15th of July 2011 1,087 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.2% of the sample were male, 16.3% in their teens, 18.4% in their twenties, 21.4% in their thirties, 15.7% in their forties, and 28.2% aged fifty or older.

I’ve not really heard anything about the PlayStation Vita, but the Wii U looks interesting, although I probably won’t buy it myself.
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