Since the arcade gaming craze of the 1960s, the introduction of personal computers in the 1970s, and the availability of popular consoles in the 1980s, video games have consistently gotten better and risen in popularity. Today, video gaming is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, and the country is one of the key players in the global gaming industry. With so many online and console game choices now widely available, it’s interesting to see which gaming platforms are the most popular in the US.
According to a 2019 online survey by the technology company Cint, 15.1% of people in the United States regularly use a Windows-based laptop or desktop for gaming, making the personal computer the top choice of gaming platform for most Americans. Sony PlayStation 4 was the second-most used platform, with 11.5% of people surveyed saying it was the platform they used to play games the most. In third place were Apple-based mobile devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. 9.94% of people used those platforms most frequently. Following those three gaming platforms in the top ten were:
· Microsoft Xbox One: 8.44%
· Microsoft Xbox 360: 7.93%
· Apple-based Laptop or Desktop: 5.75%
· Sony PlayStation 3: 5.56%
· Nintendo Wii U: 4.27%
· Nintendo 3DS/2DS: 3.34%
· Nintendo Switch: 3.24%
So, according to the recent Cint survey, it’s clear to see that PC and mobile devices are the preferred platforms, with Nintendo consoles falling behind Microsoft and Sony consoles.
How many Americans play games on internet casino platforms?
When it comes to statistics concerning online gambling games, it’s not as easy to pinpoint how many Americans regularly play jackpots, slot games, and table games, due to online gambling being a relatively new thing. In the US, online gambling is legalized on a state-by-state basis. Currently, it is worth noting that Americans can’t access all online casino sites; however, this may change in future as the market develops further. One known fact is: the overall revenue in the US from online casinos in 2010 was $29.3 billion.
The Most Popular Gaming Platforms According to PCMag
Another survey conducted in 2019 shows different results to the Cint survey. PCMag asked gamers across the US which gaming platform they preferred between the top three console-makers of PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo, and PC gaming platforms. The magazine surveyed 2,033 US gamers. The results showed:
· 31% prefer Xbox.
· 28% prefer PlayStation.
· 21% prefer Nintendo.
· 20% prefer PC gaming.
The results are markedly different from the findings of Cint, which showed most gamers preferred PC games, followed by PlayStation and Xbox.
Which gaming-platforms are favored by different ages and sexes?
Across the key demographics of the PCMag survey, most women preferred Xbox over Nintendo, but they were also less likely to have a favorite gaming platform. On the other hand, men much preferred playing PlayStation and PC games. Breaking the statistics down into age ranges, the highest percentages of gamers who favored Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo were of the 25 to 34 age bracket.
Which platforms do gamers from different states prefer?
Breaking down the numbers of the PCMag survey reveals some interesting results for each state. People from a massive 27 states chose the Xbox One and the Xbox One X as their preferred choice of gaming platform. In 10 other states, the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo consoles took the top spots. Out of the Nintendo consoles, the Nintendo Switch was the most popular. Meanwhile, only three states, Rhode Island, Montana, and West Virginia chose PC gaming as their number one preference. However, many of the states’ statistics were close calls. Xbox beat PlayStation by 2% in California, and PlayStation topped Nintendo by only 1% in Arizona. Other states had even closer races for the top spot. In three states, the difference between the number one and number two gaming platforms was less than 1%:
In Utah, Nintendo beat PlayStation.
In Iowa, Nintendo beat PC gaming.
In Indiana, Nintendo beat Xbox.