42% Of Americans Play Games Online

90% use a PC for online gaming

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Participation in gaming increased in 2007 over 2006, from 64 percent of the population to 72 percent of the population according to a new report from The NPD Group, "Online Gaming 2008."

More than half play games online, with 90 percent of online gamers saying they use a PC to play games and 19 percent said they use a video game console with 3 percent saying they use a cell phone.

The number of online gamers relative to the total U.S. population is 42 percent so far this year, up from 40 percent in 2007.

Of those who use a video game console for online gaming, Xbox 360 is the most popular, with 50 percent saying they play games using that system. On average, Xbox 360 owners spend the most time per week using their consoles to play games online, followed by PC and PS3 owners.

Thirteen percent of online gamers spend 20 hours or more per week on online gaming. Per platform, 33 percent of portable online gamers, 29 percent of console gamers and 13 percent of PC gamers are in this heaviest online gaming group.

Multiple console ownership is low, with only 3 percent reporting they own two of the three systems and only 2 percent say they own all three systems.

"Despite the buzz in the industry regarding online gaming, it is still relatively small compared to offline gaming," said Anita Frazier, industry analyst, The NPD Group.  "There is still a large, untapped market for gaming in general and online gaming in particular."

42% Of Americans Play Games Online
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  • Guest

    can someone explain the 132% to me?

    • Guest

      Multiple answers to a single question will give u over 100%.

  • Guest

    72% seems incredibly unlikely considering the gamer market mostly consists of the 13-30 year old age group – and they alone don’t make up 72% of the population. So even if everyone in that age group played, you wouldn’t get near that figure.

    I am in that agegroup and I know that not even half the people my age play games online, I think your source of statistics is somehow skewed – as if you ran a poll on a gamer website or something.

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