PS2 2008′s most played console, says Nielsen

Monday, 5th January 2009 07:41 GMT By Mike


More people in the US played on their PlayStation 2′s than any other console in 2008, Nielsen’s reported.

PS2 users accounted for 31.7 percent of the nation’s game time, the firm said in a report. Xbox 360 came in second with 17.2 percent, followed by Wii with 16.2 percent of time spent staring at a screen.

The research company also claimed that the first gen Xbox got more playtime than PS3 last year, with the former taking up 9.7 percent of gamers’ lives, versus the latter’s 7.3 percent.

As for PC games, World of Warcraft was 2008′s most played title, seeing an average of around 671 minutes played per week.

Loads more over at Gama.

By Mike Bowden



  1. Retroid

    PS2 will include DVD playback, aswell as Guitar Hero, Rock Band & Singstar releases.

    Xbox = XBMC :)

    PS3 will include Blu-Ray playback. Which makes that number even worse.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    I’d love to know how they even begin to guesstimate this.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Retroid

    It might be as simple as detecting those machines are switched on in the households they use for their stats. Hence my comments on what they’re probably being used for :)

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    I assume it’s based on a sample.

    #4 6 years ago

    It’s more than likely just data from some small survey of about 2000 people or something.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Mike

    “The company’s methodology, also famously used in the TV industry, is to use data from households that it monitors for media usage, and then extrapolate across the entire United States.”

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Ah. So it’s bollocks, then. Just like the TV ratings. :-D

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Hunam

    Yep, Nielson are the bane of existence.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Esha

    There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

    Statistics have their uses when it comes to academic study, but outside of that they’re so misused that they’re probably the least reliable form of information interpretation today.

    #9 6 years ago

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