According to a story in Adweek today, a new report by Deloitte estimates that:

  • 58% of U.S. households owned a videogame console last year
  • 44% of  U.S. households owned a videogame console in 2006

The story also states a significant decline in people that had played a game in the last six months. It would seem they haven’t heard of Farmville or somehow it isn’t being included considering the groups they cite with the greatest declines are the ones that have the greatest number of active social gamers. If the report is console focused, this would make sense since social gaming is creating new gamers, but also cannibalizing the time people have for console and other PC games.

Videogames: The Shadow Distribution Platform
• Across all platforms, more U.S. consumers are playing newly released videogames than a year ago:
— 47% have played via a home console – up from 31%
— 42% have played on their PC – again up noticeably from 26% last year
— 17% have played on a handheld – up from 11%
— 13% have played on a mobile phone/smart phone – up from 4%

In its report Videogames: The Shadow Distribution Platform, Deloitte makes a number of predictions:

• Across all platforms, more U.S. consumers are playing newly released videogames than a year ago.

  • 47% have played via a home console – up from 31%
  • 42% have played on their PC – again up noticeably from 26% last year
  • 17% have played on a handheld – up from 11%
  • 13% have played on a mobile phone/smart phone – up from 4%

Venturebeat has better info saying that it is estimated that 60% of U.S. homes have a game console.