The world’s largest gaming convention, Gamescom, is set to get underway in Cologne on August 21st, and amid all the stories being leaked on the next generation of gaming, some new statistics have been released detailing the state of the gaming market in Germany. It turns out Germans still prefer PC gaming over consoles by a wide margin.
According to the numbers released by Bitkom, 76% percent of survey respondents play games on desktop PCs, 44% spend time gaming on smartphones, and only 43% choose to play on gaming consoles. These numbers are quite a bit different than what you’ll find in the US, where consoles are still the gaming platform of choice among most gamers. In fact, a similar study performed by the Entertainment Software Association shows that in the US, 68% of respondents stated they play on a dedicated console. PC gaming wasn’t too far behind though with 63%.
An interesting statistic revealed in the Bitkom study shows that only 20% of console users in Germany actually have the device permanently connected to the internet. If you own a console such as the Xbox or Playstation in the US, you’ll probably understand why that statistic is so surprising. Modern gaming consoles are packed full of home entertainment features like Netflix and streaming music services that require a constant internet connection. However, in Germany those same consoles do not have all of the same entertainment services available, which may just lower the everyday appeal of the devices.
Gaming is still most popular with the younger demographic. 80% of 14- to 29-year olds spend time gaming, while only 44% of those in the 30 to 49 age group play video games.
Overall, the gaming market as a whole is seeing growth worldwide, and the upcoming Gamescom convention is seeing results that back the notion up. For the first time in the event’s history, the floorspace available for vendors is completely booked with 635 companies spanning 40 countries showing off their latest in gaming. Gamescom organizers are expecting to see 275,000 visitors from more than 80 countries show up for the five day event.