Statistics: 23.7% of 360s fail in two years, 41% of male “primary console players” are Wii gamers

Friday, 15th January 2010 15:55 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


If you ever get into arguments with your pals over console failure rates and the like, some statistics were implemented into a nice picture chart for easy access over on OnlineEductaion.

There’s a bounty of information on there, like age demographics, consoles war figures and the like. We have a taste of it for you below.

  • The best selling console: PS2 – 138m units
  • Percentage of console failure within two years: 360 – 23.7 percent, PS3 – 10 percent, Wii – 2.7 percent
  • 65 percent of US households play games
  • 25 percent of gamers are under 18, 40 percent are between ages 18-40, 26 percent are over 50
  • The average age of a gamer is 32
  • 2 out of 5 gamers are female
  • Primary console players: Female – 9 percent PS3, 80 percent Wii, 11 percent 360; Male – 38 percent 360, 41 percent Wii, 21 percent PS3
  • Gamers spend, on average, 18 hours a week playing games
  • Console sales: PS3 – 31.59M (US: 12.35M, JP 4.58M); 360 – 37.14M (US 21.50M, JN 1.23M); Wii – 65.32M (US 30.56M, JN 9.67M)
  • Mario games are the best selling franchise in history, selling over 225M units
  • Annual software sales in millions: Consoles – 154M; PC – 36.4M

Loads more stats and argument inducing figures can be found through here (via Kotaku).

We’re not sure if some of these figures were updated since last night’s NPDs or not. So compare them for yourself and become a plethora of knowledge.



  1. Dralen

    No Europe?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Syrok


    The average time played seems to be quite high, or some people are just spending a ridiculous amount of time playing games.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Hunam

    It’s not like europe is a big player of games.

    Oh wait.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I’m not sure “41% of males are Wii owners” is quite right. Almost half of the world’s males own one? :-D

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    “The average age of a gamer is 32″

    In your face kids! :D

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Stephany Nunneley

    I believe those are US and Japan figures combined – plus, unfortunately, it never gave a multiple console figure. Surely, males own a 360 or PS3 alongside their Wiis.

    I am just shocked not more women own an HD console. Soccer Moms, again. Sigh. I need to start kicking a few women in the shins around here.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Goliath

    Just subtract the US and Japan number from the total console sales and you have the number for Europe which is almost dead even at 14.6 for the PS3 and 14.4 for the XBox 360.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Eregol

    And the 360 had a head start too.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    To me it kind of spotlights how little of a real impact the so called Core gamer really has.

    Also loved that they estimated 1% more gamers over 50yr old then under 18yr old.

    Average age is 32, I knew that it was close to that. And its getting older every year.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    Looks like they got those main console number stats from vgchartz a week or so ago … in fact yes, it’s in their list of sources.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. reask

    Could have sworn ms said they had sold 39m units.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    “Just subtract the US and Japan number from the total console sales and you have the number for Europe which is almost dead even at 14.6 for the PS3 and 14.4 for the XBox 360.”

    I’m not to sure if thats a decent way of getting the PAL numbers but what you get from taking off the US and Japanese sales is pretty close to vgchartzs “guesstimation” of European sales of both systems.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Kalain

    I like how they lump consoles together to show how much money between them they generate and the PC by itself. This, to me, is wrong. Why don’t they show the revenue of each individual platform to see how much each is selling. “Console” isn’t a platform for a group of machines.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    You just said you ‘liked it’. :D

    #14 5 years ago

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