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Video Game Player Survey: 76% of U.S. Adults Online Play Games

Three out of four U.S. adults who are online (76%) play games on devices: 43% play on smartphones, 30% on laptops, 27% on consoles, 25% on desktops, and 22% on tablets. A quarter play 1-2 hours a week, another quarter play 3-5 hours a week, and a fifth play 6-9 hours a week: nearly three out of ten play 10 or more hours a week.

The top three genres among women are puzzle games (played by 60% of female gamers), card games (37%), and adventure games (29%). Among men, the top three genres are action (52% of male gamers), adventure (46%), and shooters (34%). The leading genre is action games among console, desktop, and laptop players; puzzle games are most popular with smartphone and tablet players.

Console players often play on more than one console (traditional or mobile), with 48% playing on the PlayStation 4, 42% on the Xbox One, 31% on the Xbox 360, 19% on the Wii, and another 19% on the Nintendo Switch.

The top three brands played are Microsoft (22%), Electronic Arts (20%), and Activision (19%).

Over half of gamers have already spent money on a game so far this year: under $100 for 39%, and $100 or more for 17%. Males 18 to 44 are most likely to have spent over $100 already this year.

The five most eagerly anticipated games are NBA 2K20, Madden 20, Mortal Combat 11, Days Gone, and FIFA 20. (World War Z, which premiered on April 16, was the tenth-most anticipated.)

This survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was fielded online from April 12 to 14, 2019. For more, please check out the slides and general methodology.

 

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