Devices used to play video games in the United Kingdom (UK) 2009-2018

In an Ofcom survey looking into the use and attitudes towards media usage of UK adults, a total of 62 percent of respondents indicated that they played some form of game. Since 2014, the popularity of mobile gaming overtook games consoles and TV for the first time. As of 2018, 22 percent of respondents said that they played games in the home or elsewhere on their mobile phone. In 2018, consumer spending in the UK on mobile games was almost billion British pounds.

Game consoles

During 2018, there were more than ten million consoles sold between the top brands. The leading gaming console in terms of unit sales, the PS4, sold almost 5.5 million consoles in 2018. The Playstation brand was created by Sony in 1994 and consists of the Playstation, Playstation 2, 3 and 4. The Japanese brand has consistently held a majority market share for gaming consoles in the UK.

Demographics of gamers

It may come as no surprise that children enjoy gaming. There appears to be a correlation between a child's age and the devices they use to play games. Children aged between 3 and 4 years of age were more likely to use a tablet, whereas those aged between 12 and 15 years old used either consoles or mobiles. Older children were also far more likely to spend more time playing games.

Do you ever play games at home or elsewhere in any of these ways?

Games console and TVComputerMobile phoneHandheld games consoleTabletPortable media playerSmart TV***
201817%12%22%6%11%-2%
201715%9%21%5%12%-2%
201615%11%19%5%12%-1%
201516%14%26%6%13%-1%
201417%16%26%7%15%-1%
201324%17%19%12%10%3%1%
201225%15%13%12%5%3%-
201127%13%12%12%2%2%-
201024%11%9%13%1%2%-
200927%14%6%16%-1%-
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Source

Release date

May 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2009 to 2018**

Number of respondents

1,882*

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* n (2007) = 2,905; n (2009) = 1,824; n (2011) = 1,823; n (2012) = 1,805; n (2013) = 1,642; n (2014) = 1,890; n (2015) = 1,841; n (2016) = 1,846, n (2017) = 1,875, n (2018) = 1,882.
Responses were prompted, multi-coded.
**Most recent survey carried out between September and November 2018. In 2017, the survey was supplemented with data from the Technology Tracker survey in 2017, based on 2861 interviews with adults aged 16 and over in July and August 2017.
*** Smart TV was added in 2013

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