A new poll conducted by Ipsos MORI’s GameTrack for GamesIndustry.biz has found that just 3% of gamers in the UK, France, Spain and Germany were ‘very interested’ in a Netflix-style streaming service for video games. 70% of the respondents were not interested at all in a streaming service.
UK players were the most interested in such a service with the Germans the least bothered, with 31% of those who were surveyed saying there were very happy to continue buying games in boxes from stores. Half of those surveyed had a television service subscription, such as a Netflix, so it’s not that they are anti-streaming, just that they are not interested in streaming games.
You might think that many people were worried that that internet connection might not be fast enough to handle video game streaming but that doesn’t appear to be the case, 43% believe their ‘internet connection is fast enough to stream games’. What did worry those surveyed was their internet connection dropping out completely whilst streaming, with 45% of respondants from the UK saying this was cause for concern.
Sony’s streaming service PlayStation Now has been running for many years and has a small subscription base but at present is the market leader. Microsoft are about to enter the market with xCloud, and of course we have Google Stadia launching later this year.
Interestingly, more gamers said ‘I would be more interested in a streaming service if I could download content to my hard drive’, which kind of defies the point of a streaming service but is how PlayStation Now works, at least for certain games.
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