The results of our joint Verizon FiOS gaming survey in partnership with Engadget defy some of the stereotypes in video gaming, and reveal what consumers want from their broadband-powered multipurpose living rooms, as well as what drives them crazy. Given the historic nature of gaming releases in November—Pong, 1972, Atari at Comdex, 1986, Sega Saturn, 1996, Xbox 360, 2005—we fittingly to put the results in a nostalgic format the earliest gamers-turned-parents can appreciate: vintage Nintendo cartridge labels.
Buffering Wins By a Knockout!
Over half (53%) of consumers believe buffering while watching streaming video is more painful than a root canal.
Head in the Cloud—Consumers Moving Away from Discs
Most (58%) gamers prefer to play games in the cloud and not worry about storage on their console.
A Fast Moving Stream
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of consumers have high interest in watching streaming video on a game console.
Gamers Ready to Give Up Their Cars, Beer, Showers for New Consoles
One out of three (34%) hardcore gamers would be willing to sacrifice a car for six months in order to be one of the first to get the new Xbox One or PS4.