It used to be that gaming consoles were only good for playing games. But technology marched on and with it, our appetite grew to want more from our game machines. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have added more features to consoles over the years and these days they can do it all. Streaming video is just one of the tricks that our consoles can pull off.
In fact, a new survey conducted by Parks Associates says that gaming consoles are the device of choice when it comes to accessing non-gaming internet content. It makes sense since they are fairly easy for most age groups to use and they are already in most homes anyway.
The survey asked users which of their devices they use the most at home, and gaming consoles came out ahead as you can see in the image here. The survey included 10,000 American homes in 2014 and found that console owners were using apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Video when they were not playing games. About 75% of gamers log into their console to watch videos at least once a week, and 40% of them spend at least 10 hours a week watching video content. Again when they aren’t playing games. This survey did take place before Microsoft removed the need for a Gold subscription to stream videos, although Parks says that they don’t believe that the removal of the limitation has affected video usage very much. I wonder how many of these consoles would sell if they could not stream video.
Source UbergizmoFiled Under: Gaming News