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ABI: Game Consoles Most Used for Online Video

26 Aug, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Gaming consoles are used more for watching online video than any other connected consumer electronics device, according to data from ABI Research, with nearly 40% of American gaming consoles used for that purpose.

“Companies such as Microsoft and Sony in particular are pushing to make the consoles more central to the digital living room,” said Michael Inouye, senior analyst of digital homes for ABI. “Nintendo is not as aggressive in this regard yet, but with the Wii, they might try to make a bigger push into the over-the-top content delivery market.”

Survey results show that on average gaming consoles are used for seven to eight hours of online video each week.

“Some industry insiders have started to envision the demise of game consoles, an end expected to come at the hands of mobile devices,” said Jason Blackwell, digital home practice director for ABI. “But we feel this market still has plenty of life. While mobile devices might soon match the processing power of game consoles, there are a number of issues, such as storage and portability, that could hinder the transition to mobile.”

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