If you thought that gaming was all about next generation technology, HD graphics or innovative input systems think again. If the results of a survey into console usage in the US during 2008 is anything to go by, it would appear that gameplay is still in charge.
The Nielsen research shows that more people were playing with their old PlayStation 2 that their new PlayStation 3. Heck, it showed that more people were playing with that PS2, in terms of the number of minutes spent using a console throughout the year, than the Nintendo Wii or the Xbox 360.
Rather interestingly, I thought, was the fact that the old generation Xbox even managed to beat the PS3 into 5th place.
Of course, a lot of this taps into the sheer numbers of older consoles that have been sold and are still out there in daily use. So while the PS3 can claim to have sold around 18 million, and the Wii 40 million, neither can compete with the PS2 and its incredible tally of 140 million consoles sold.
The official Nielsen game console usage chart for 2008 looks like this:
- Xbox 360