Report: 31% of PlayStation 4 Owners Did Not Own a PlayStation 3 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 26 August 2014 / 5,343 Views

Sony announced at Gamescom earlier this month that the PlayStation 4 has sold 10 million units since its release last November. The console has taken an early lead in the 8th generation home console race.

31 pecent of PlayStation 4 owners did not own a PlayStation 3 last generation, but instead an Xbox 360 or Wii. Also 17 percent did not own any of the last generation consoles. This is according a Neilsen study being reported by Re/code.

The survey took place in America between February and April. Neilsen surveyed 1,200 "active gamers" age seven to 54.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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LurkerJ (on 26 August 2014)

31+17 = 48% You really need to edit the title. Read your own article god damn it -.-

NobleTeam360 (on 26 August 2014)

I like it better separate.

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LurkerJ (on 27 August 2014)

48% didn't own a PS3. The title is wrong. You liking it doesn't mean it isn't wrong.

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Renzan (on 26 August 2014)

So.... 48% did not own a PS3.

GodOfPeace3 (on 26 August 2014)

Probably a LOT more than that. I'd say a very large portion of xbox and nintendo fans switched to Sony this generation already. I've met a lot of them just by talking online in games.

Michael-5 (on 27 August 2014)

I was PS/Ninty before the 360, loved the 360 between 2006-2010, then my love affair with Lost Odyssey and Gears of War faded, and now I'm back after sh*t customer service and MS not repairing my console under warranty.

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Zackasaurus-rex (on 26 August 2014)

Yeah... 48% As others have said, you guys need to do a little addition. lol

Michael-5 (on 27 August 2014)

You guys need to cut GamrReview, they posted the exact same article 2 days ago and appear in your news feed.------Problem with this article, it mentions "own" not "owned" meaning that people who sold their PS3 for their PS4 aren't listed.

Michelasso (on 26 August 2014)

Did I jump in time? I think I've read the same "news" a couple of months ago or so… Oh yeah, there it is: And the way vgchartz puts it isn't correct either. The correct terms were: Some 31% of people who have bought a PlayStation 4 had an Xbox 360 or Wii but not a PS3

CDiablo (on 26 August 2014)

"However, there's one big caveat to the survey, which is that it asked only what consumers currently owned at the time of the survey, not what they had owned in the past. So, people who sold their PlayStation 3 in order to buy a PlayStation 4 would've been marked down as non-PS3 owners." Other than this being posted a few days ago on this sites news wire, the survey is not exactly how it is being portrayed. So the correct title is 48% of PS4 owners do not own a PS3 or 38% of PS4 owners own a Wii/X360 17% own only a PS4

Clyde32 (on 26 August 2014)

Isn't this like the third time this article has surfaced?

ikki5 (on 26 August 2014)

so we are going by 0.012% of the install base of the PS4 to claim that 31% did not not own a PS3.... lol Yeah... Great use of stats there.

DolPhanTendo (on 26 August 2014)

Well this sounds about right. If you were 10 years old at the time of release of the Gen 7 that would make you 18. Like i have said before parents make the decisions on consoles form ages 7-14

metalman_5150 (on 26 August 2014)

Stands to reason & opinion - but, 1 out of every 3 current PS4 owners, came from either the 360 or wiiU. I believe that, considering I was one of those, out of three. I find it very believable that 1 out of every 3rd xbox/wiiu owner was dissatisfied with the gen-8 pre-launch handling of the XOne (DRM, Kinect is imperative, spy-gate). <----- That was very unsat, for me.

Mr.Playstation (on 26 August 2014)

How can they do a survey on seven year olds.

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