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Console gamers want VR more than PC gamers, especially PS4 and Xbox One owners

by Ron Duwell | March 22, 2016March 22, 2016 7:30 pm PST

You’d think that exclusively sporting  two of the three biggest VR headsets would make the PC market ripe with enthusiasm for virtual reality. However, a recent study by market research company Ipsos shows that it is actually console gamers who are far more excited.

After crunching the numbers, Ispos’ study found that roughly 63 percent of console gamers are looking forward to virtual reality, a number that looms over the 51 percent of PC gamers who are excited for it.

And, as usual, Nintendo fans once again dance to their own beat and would rather just play games their own way. When adjusted to accommodate for “PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners” as opposed to “console gamers,” Ispos’ figure leaps from 63 percent to 72 percent. Who didn’t see that coming?

Overall, when asking gamers whether they were excited about the virtual reality, 49 percent stated they were not interested, and only 17 percent said they were very interested.

Platform Very interested Somewhat interested Not very interested Not at all interested Don’t know Net interested Net not-interested
Overall (10,832 answers) 11% 24% 23% 35% 6% 35% 58%
All gamers (8317 answers) 17% 32% 23% 21% 6% 49% 45%
Console gamers (5427 answers) 27% 37% 18% 11% 7% 63% 29%
PS4/Xbox One gamers (2056 answers) 37% 35% 13% 8% 7% 72% 21%
Smartphone/tablet gamers (6267 answers) 22% 33% 22% 17% 5% 56% 39%
PC Gamers (6147 answers) 18% 33% 22% 21% 6% 51% 43%

It’s important to point out as well that the study instructed respondents not to consider price when answering the question, meaning the relatively cheaper price of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR headset should ideally not be a factor in these numbers.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...