The Top 5 Most Popular Video Game Consoles in the U.S.

  Company Number of Consoles Percentage of Total
1 Sony Playstation 2 25.14 million units 40%
2 Microsoft Xbox 9.70 million units 15%
3 Microsoft Xbox 360 9.15 million units 15%
4 Nintendo GameCube 8.075 million units 13%
5 Nintendo Wii 7.36 million units 12%
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 Facts
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Between 2002 and 2007 more than 62 million video game consoles were sold in the United States alone.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Tags: Top 5 Best Selling, Gaming

Sources:  Natural Resources Defense Council Issue Paper November 2008: Lowering the Cost of Play.

List Notes: Data is for the year 2006. List is the number of video game consoles in U.S. homes.
Most Popular Video Game Consoles in the U.S.

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