- It is estimated that video game consoles have a five-year life cycle, based on the fact that manufacturers have historically released new console designs about every five years.
- Four video game consoles make up the majority of sales and installed systems (those already in homes) in the country: the Nintendo Wii, the Sony PlayStation 2, the Sony PlayStation 3, and the Microsoft Xbox 360. Despite the release of newer consoles, the PlayStation 2 remains the most-played console in the country and represents the largest percentage (40 percent) of consoles in use in U.S. homes.
- Between 2002 and 2007 more than 62 million video game consoles were sold in the United States alone.
- More than four out of every ten U.S. households own a video game console, and 14 percent of those households are reported to have more than one functioning console.
- In 2007, approximately 17.5 million video game consoles were sold in the United States, and sales of consoles and games added up to the video game industry bringing in $17.9 billion. In comparison, that is approximately the same amount of money that Americans spend on DVDs each year.
Top 5 facts sources: NRDC Issue Paper November 2008: Lowering the Cost of Play, Improving the Energy Efficiency of Video Game Consoles.