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Poll Reveals that Japan May be Losing Interest in Home Consoles

by on July 3, 2013 6:37 AM 8

It’s well known that in Japan home consoles are overwhelmed by portable ones in terms of popularity, but the Japanese may be losing further interest at the outset of a new generation. The local statistics firm Goo ranking conducted a cellphone-based poll on the question “What are you no longer spending time and money on recently?”

2144 people responded and the results were fairly surprising.

  1. Home video games (352 votes)
  2. Listening to music (on CD) (295 votes)
  3. Beauty (282 votes)
  4. Dining out (191 votes)
  5. Anime (163 votes)
  6. Going to the movies (139 votes)
  7. Reading (135 votes)
  8. Traveling (133 votes)
  9. Newspaper and magazine subscriptions (121 votes)
  10. Day to day dieting (89 votes)
  11. Sports (84 votes)
  12. Improving skills (50 votes)
  13. Social games (49 votes)
  14. Online shopping (46 votes)
  15. TV shopping (15 votes)

While the respondent pool is not exactly enormous, the poll paints the picture of a Japan losing interest in home consoles and more interested in portable and social games, and the sales charts that come out every week seem to confirm it.

The coming of a new generation seems to have revitalized interest in gaming consoles in the west, but in Japan neither next gen console has a release date yet. Will they be able to grab Japan’s attention again when they’ll be released? No way to know, but we can only hope.

 

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  • Axe99

    “While the respondent pool is not exactly enormous, the poll paints the picture of a Japan losing interest in home consoles and more interested in portable and social games” This isn’t actually true – at any point in time, a proportion of the population will be losing interest in ‘home video games’ – the only way to know whether the overall proportion of the population is going up or down is to also collect the number of people who have started playing home video games. As it stands, the results of this poll, with no other context, are pretty limited in terms of actually identifying trends in the behaviour (not even taking into account the fact that a cellphone based sample of 2144 is pretty rubbish).

    • DarthDiggler

      Also this poll doesn’t take into account that these activities are largely not mutually exclusive. One can play video games and enjoy any number of the activities below it.

      • jdaltec

        I could respond “video games” at this point in time. The question is so vague that it is funny. Its the beginning of summer, I got better things to do. I am also not investing in anything more for my gaming habits till the PS4 comes out. Once that happens it will be “going outside” that moves down the list a bit.

  • Jan Compaf

    Funny how this pole comes after this:

    Microsoft: No Xbox One in Japan this Year: “Tier 2 Country” Asks Journalist Not to Report Negatively

    http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/07/02/microsoft-no-xbox-one-in-japan-this-year-tier-2-country-asks-journalist-not-to-report-negatively/

    can you smell damage control?

  • Guest

    $0ny is irrelevant and Japan is becoming more and more irrelevant in the gaming industry. GFY $0ny!

    • Big Black Johnson

      So what does that M$, since the PS4 is significantly outselling the Xbone?

      P.S. Your mom says hi!
      :D

    • Guest

      Have you been living under a rock for the past decade or something?! By the way, its SONY, not “dollar sign” 0 ny. Learn to spell your retard.

    • J.R

      Have you been living under a rock for the past decade or something?! By the way, its SONY, not “dollar sign” 0 ny. Learn to spell you retard.

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