PS1 gamers outnumber PS3 gamers in Japan


Do you have a next generation console at home? graph of japanese statisticsIt’s been a while since I’ve looked at the console market in Japan, so I’m glad to have the chance to present the rather surprising results of a survey conducted by RealWorld RealResearch and reported on by into home gaming consoles, a survey explicitly excluding portable devices.


Over the 4th and 5th of March 2009 1,040 members of the RealWorld RealResearch monitor pool completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 54.9% of the sample were male, 5.1% in their teens, 17.9% in their twenties, 22.3% in their thirties, 22.7% in their forties, 16.3% in their fifties, and 15.7% aged sixty or older.

I keep saying “I have to get a Wii!” every time I cover consoles, yet I never get round to actually parting with the cash, so without any further ado:

I have to get a Wii!

It feels a bit odd to refer to the Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox360 as “next generation” even after about two years on the market, but that’s what the survey uses so I’ll use it too.

Research results

Q1: Do you have a next generation console at home? (Sample size=1,040)

Yes (to SQ1)32.1%
No (to SQ2)67.9%

Q1SQ1: Which next generation consoles do you have? (Sample size=334, multiple answer)

Playstation 312336.8%

Q1SQ2: Which next generation consoles do you plan to buy? (Sample size=766, multiple answer)

Playstation 39813.9%
Don’t plan to buy any45063.7%

Q2: Which of the following older consoles do you still play with? (Sample size=1,040, multiple answer)

Playstation 241439.8%
Super Famicon (SNES)15715.1%
Nintendo 6411711.3%
Famicon (NES)959.1%
Nintendo Gamecube666.3%
PC Engine494.7%
Sega Saturn464.4%
Sega Megadrive151.4%
None at all46444.6%
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  1. mike said,
    March 11, 2009 @ 23:31

    I stopped buying them because they come out with a new one too often.

  2. po said,
    March 12, 2009 @ 04:00

    well this could just mean that they own a ps1 not that they play it. im not saying that these stats are false but alot of the ppl who they surveyed arent gamers if that many dont own current gen consoles.

  3. Janne said,
    March 12, 2009 @ 10:13

    “this could just mean that they own a ps1 not that they play it.”

    The question was which consoles they still play with, not which they own. No misunderstanding I can see.

  4. Darg said,
    March 12, 2009 @ 12:06

    Yeah, the original question in Japanese explicitly states which you play with, not which you own.
    It also explicitly excludes handheld consoles… I’d be interested to see a heads up on handheld vs. home systems.

    Anyone else think it was interesting that not only PS1 but SNES also beats out PS3, and even more surprisingly that PS3 barely irks out the N64? Wow.

  5. March 14, 2009 @ 03:10

    I think the PlayStation 3 is too expensive for a games console and too “gamey” for a Bluray player. I’d love to own one, but I can’t justify the cost. I imagine kids have a hard time convincing their parents to get them a PS3 when they already have a PS2, GameCube and DS.

  6. jamBOT said,
    March 14, 2009 @ 05:45

    Why not go to an ACTUALLY GAME SITE and then ask these question. I believe you will get completely different answers. Ones that are more relative then asking NON-gamers.

  7. David said,
    March 14, 2009 @ 11:33

    My brother-in-law plays Smash Brothers on the N64 almost exclusively, the only other game he plays is a baseball one for the PS2.

  8. Sega said,
    September 21, 2009 @ 21:38

    Just a heads up. The sega Megadrive and the Sega Genesis are the same machines. One is the American name and the other is the Japanese name.

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