What you need to know

2020 is a transition year between console generations, capped off by the releases of the PS5 and Xbox Series X at the end of the year. A volatile market will see huge interest from a dedicated console gaming audience looking for an upgraded (but still familiar) gaming experience from the brands and games that they are loyal to. New games and upgraded formats should propel interest in console gaming into the next generation of devices.


Mintel defines dedicated gaming consoles as devices primarily used to play video games, most notably from Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo. Portable gaming devices whose primary use is playing video games (ie Nintendo Switch) are also included in the scope of this Report. Devices that can be used for video games but primarily serve other functions (ie computers, mobile devices) are not included.

Readers of this Report may also be interested in other titles from Mintel’s Sports and Gaming library, including Gaming Trends: 2020 – US, December 2019 and PC Gaming: Desktops and Laptops – US, January 2020.

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