The Most Popular Streaming Devices in America Are Video Game Consoles
Phones, tablets, computers, and smart TVs all have the power to stream video right to the screen for the average person's binge-watching needs. However, one type of device stands above the rest when it comes to online streaming: video game consoles.
Home Media Magazine reports that a new study shows 75 percent of homes connected to broadband Internet use video game consoles to view non-gaming content at least once a week, while 40 percent of those people stream on consoles for over 10 hours a week. That's a lot of 'Orange Is The New Black' and 'House of Cards' marathons.
Perhaps more interesting is the information on which consoles are being used: despite the PlayStation 4 leading the way in sales figures for the new generation of consoles, Wii and Xbox consoles can be found in 35 percent of broadband connected homes each, while PlayStation consoles only make up 27 percent. We'd attribute that to the Wii and Xbox 360 selling better than PS3, considering they don't specify WHICH consoles are in the houses, but it's still interesting.
We're not surprised that gaming consoles are leading the video-streaming charge. If a house of video game players want to watch some Netflix, of course they'll just load it up on their console of choice instead of buying a Roku or something similar. We can relate, as many a Netflix marathon has taken place on our game consoles, and we wouldn't be surprised if streaming services had more play time on our systems than games. As consoles become more advanced, they'll only be used more and more.