As the generation which saw the advent of the video game has reached middle age, the demographics of gamers have shifted. New statistics show surprising results, reported by IGN:
The statistics, spotted by Tech Insider, come from a study conducted by the Pew Research Centre. According to Pew Research, 40% of American adults polled owned a console such as an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. Interestingly, women were more likely to own a console than men, with 42% of women surveyed owning at least one console compared to 37% of men.
The highest number of console owners are split pretty much evenly between the 18-29 and 30-49 age groups. Those who had completed “some college” were more likely to own a console than those who had finished college. Unsurprisingly, console ownership rises with household income; 54% of polled adults who earn over $75k yearly own a console, compared to only 33% who earn less than $30k.
The stats confirm the mainstream status of gaming, which has come to rival Hollywood in production value, development budgets, and commercial revenue. It would be interesting to dig deeper and examine what kind of games different demographics gravitate toward.