Because of Corona – 2020 brought 20% new gamers worldwide

Because of Corona – 2020 brought 20% new gamers worldwide

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COVID-19 pandemic

2020 certainly had its ups and downs, with more lows than highs, but a study done by GamblersPick late last year sheds light on some pretty interesting insights when it comes to video games during COVID -19 pandemic goes.

The study dealt in particular with the topic of console upgrades, which essentially concern the next generation of consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.


The study surveyed over 1,000 current-gen console owners to find out what they thought of next-gen consoles and the reasons for choosing whether or not to upgrade their current console.

The survey yielded the following results:

More than one in five bought their first game console during the COVID-19 pandemic, of which the PlayStation was the most popular. That makes 20% new gamers created by COVID-19.

Almost 44% of gamers say they have played video games more often since the pandemic began, with Xbox users being the most likely to say they play more often.

72% of gamers feel pressured to own the latest game console, with PlayStation owners most likely to feel pressured.

33% of gamers plan to upgrade to PlayStation 5 and 17% to Xbox Series X.

Around 10% are planning to upgrade to a PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch

Gamers put under pressure

The 72% of gamers who feel pressured into owning the latest generation of consoles are a little unsettling. Unfortunately, the fear of missing out is a real problem that is made worse by the many highlight reels posted on social media.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X pre-orders and releases on day one just added to the madness with the disastrous online buying processes that have been and are still going on.

Brent Dubin
Brent Dubin, known as the Gaming Giant among Globe Live Media staff, is the chief Gaming Reporter for Globe Live Media. Having attended all the major events of Gaming around the World, he is sure to give you exactly the update related to gaming World you are looking for.