BEANCOUNTERS at Nielson have uncovered some interesting holes in the perception of the brains of most people in the gaming industry. Conventional wisdom is that the Wii is played more and the PS3 actually is used by anyone.
However the Nielson study unlocks some strange new facts. Firstly the Nintendo Wii is played less than the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 is played less than the original Xbox.
The most-played console in the US was not the Wii, but the much earlier Playstation 2.
It is the first study that has actually looked at useage of the console that users have in their living room.
It would appear that while punters might have a Wii or Xbox 360 the console least likely to gather dust is the PS2 which is used by 31.7 per cent of Americans. Next on the list was the Xbox 360 at 17.2 per cent, the Nintendo Wii was third at 13.4 per cent.
The poor PS3 was at 7.3 per cent well behind the original Xbox which was 9.7 per cent.
The Nintendo GameCube made the list at 4.6 per cent and the remaining amount was grouped in to the "Other" category and accounted for 16.2per cent. The Nintendo DS or the Sony PSP were not included in the research.
It means that despite the fact that the Wii sells more, it is actually used less and once you have bought a PS3 you will probably play your PS2 a lot more. µ