SOURCE: Experian Consumer Research

June 19, 2008 11:04 ET

Who Are the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Consumers and What Are the Differences in the Video Game Industry Consumers?

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 continue to be amongst the most popular video game consoles, so taking an in-depth look at the consumers who purchase these consoles is beneficial to any company looking to tap into the video game market.

Experian Consumer Research recently found while differences exist between these gamers and the general consumer population, there are also differences between consumers who bought Xbox 360 and those who bought PlayStation 3. One such difference is the age range of consumers who purchase the consoles, with PlayStation appealing to an older crowd and Xbox being favored amongst younger gamers. Since all gamers in general are not identical in their preferences, awareness of these differences in the consumer population is important when trying to reach specific consumers through video games. Similarities between the two consumer populations have also been found, such as comparable media preferences.

Video game technology continues to improve, meaning that video games are not going to be outdated anytime soon. On the contrary, video games are now appealing to more and more people and growing in popularity with a wider age range. Being aware of the characteristics of gamers of all types and will be beneficial to companies trying to reach this consumer segment.

These and other characteristics of consumers who purchase Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 can be viewed in the Free Download.

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