Teens are enthusiastic consumers of gaming devices both wired and portable. Fully 80% of teens between the ages of 12 and 17 have a game console like a Wii, an Xbox or a PlayStation. While younger and older teens are equally likely to have a game console, boys are more likely than girls to have one. Nearly 9 in 10 (89%) boys have a game console, while 70% of girls report ownership. Younger teens, ages 12 to 15 are more likely to own a game console than 16-17 year olds.
Half of teens (51%) have a portable gaming device like a PSP, DS or a Gameboy. Unlike other tech gadgets, portable gaming devices are more often owned by younger teens, with two-thirds (66%) of teens ages 12-13 owning a portable game player compared with 44% of 14 to 17 year olds. As with consoles, boys are more likely than girls to own a portable gaming device; 56% of boys own one, as do 47% of girls. Beyond the age and gender differences in ownership, portable and console gaming platforms are equally likely to be found in households regardless of race, ethnicity, household income or parent’s education.
Adults 30 and older are much less likely to own a game console than teens or young adults.
Overall, 37% of adults report owning a game console like an XBox or Play Station, and 18% report owning a portable gaming device such as a PSP or DS.
Not surprisingly, adults under age 30 are more likely than older adults to own gaming consoles, but they are not just for the very young. While 59% of adults under age 30 own a gaming console, that number drops just eight percentage points to 51% among 30-49 year-olds. Moreover, 18-29 year-olds are less likely than 30-49 year-olds to own a portable gaming device (22% v. 30%).
There are also gender differences in this area; men are slightly more likely than women to own a game console (39% v. 34%), while women are slightly more likely to own a portable gaming device (20% v. 16%).