Anticipation Building for Project Natal and PlayStation Move

Top Line Research from Ipsos OTX MediaCT’s GamePlan Insights Illustrate Consumer Interest

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Los Angeles, CA – As the gaming world anticipates the upcoming launch of Xbox’s Natal and PlayStation’s Move, Ipsos has been examining consumer interest in the products and their intent to purchase. Specifically, Ipsos OTX MediaCT’s GamePlan Insights tracks gamer purchase behavior for Natal, Move, and all major software releases on a weekly basis.

“While we are still months away from launch, the current data suggests that Natal gamers are definitely Xbox 360 purists, while Move gamers have a stronger interest in other platforms,” says Nick Williams, Director of Gaming Insights at Ipsos OTX MediaCT. “As more details are announced in the coming weeks and months, it will be interesting to see how the marketing messages resonate with existing and previously untapped audiences.”

Gamers who plan to purchase Natal tend to be younger than those who plan to buy Move. The average age for those interested in Natal is 25 for compared to 28 for those interested in Move. Move intenders are more likely to be female (30% of intenders, compared to 20% of Natal intenders). These age and gender trends are in line with other demographic data showing that Move intenders are more likely to be parents than their Natal counterparts.

On the items of awareness and purchase intent, Ipsos’ research shows that 15% of the Xbox 360 market is aware of Natal while an equal 15% of PS3 market is aware of Move. For the Natal, 8% of the X360 market plans to purchase, while 6% of the PS3 market plans to purchase Move.

For both Natal and Move, approximately 25% of those who plan to purchase the motion control accessories plan to pre-order them.

Favorite Genres

Natal intenders match very closely to the stereotypical Xbox 360 gamer, with 4 out of 5 saying that they like playing Shooter games a lot. PlayStation Move intenders have a slightly more balanced preference of genres, with Action, RPG, and Shooter ranking closely as the top three genres.

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Title Interests

Among those who plan to purchase Natal vs. Move, there is a significant difference in their game preferences.

Titles with strongest overlap among Natal intenders:

  1. Gears of War 3 – X360 (47%)
  2. Fable III – X360 (42%)
  3. Call of Duty: Black Ops – X360 (38%)
  4. Halo: Reach – X360 (34%)
  5. Dead Space 2 – X360 (26%)

Titles with strongest overlap among Move intenders:

  1. LittleBigPlanet 2 – PS3 (42%)
  2. Gran Turismo 5 – PS3 (32%)
  3. SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs – PS3 (30%)
  4. The Legend of Zelda 2 – Wii (26%)
  5. Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Wii (21%)

All data in this release was collected between May 23, 2010 and June 5, 2010 prior to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2010) June 15 to 17 in Los Angeles.

For more information on this news release please contact:

Nick Williams
Director Gaming Insights
Ipsos OTX MediaCT
(310) 736-3388
nwilliams@otxresearch.com

OR

Tom Harbeck
Senior Vice President
Strategy and Marketing
Ipsos OTX MediaCT
(212) 524-8231
tharbeck@otxresearch.com

About GamePlan Insights

1,000 U.S. gamers and game buyers are surveyed each week including hardcore gamers, casual gamers and everyone in between. The tracking study tracks up to 600 game SKUs at any given time, including all major console, handheld, PC, and iPhone titles. Since launching in October 2008, data has been collected on over 85,000 different gamers across over 1,000 titles.

To ensure a representative national population, Ipsos OTX has created a unique, custom-blended online community obtained and managed through multiple sources. We have access to more than 30 million respondents, including high targeted samples.

Data from the tracking study is integrated into the GamePlan Insights web portal every Monday morning. Key metrics include Awareness, Purchase Intent, Purchase Urgency (Pre-Order, Buy New, Buy Used, etc.), Forced Choice, Perceived Value, Advertising Awareness and Word of Mouth. The web portal also features rental data from GameFly and resale market data from eBay.

For more information, please visit the GamePlan Insights microsite at www.gameplaninsights.com.

About Ipsos OTX MediaCT

Ipsos OTX MediaCT is the market research specialization within Ipsos built to reach, engage and more effectively understand today’s digitally-driven consumer in the fast moving media, content and technology space. By integrating new technologies and immersive techniques with extensive traditional research experience, Ipsos OTX MediaCT’s market leading research solutions help clients better understand media and technology consumption, evaluate content, monitor the value of brands and provide guidance for successful innovation. The Ipsos OTX MediaCT approach results in deeper and more profound consumer insights that allow companies to maximize their return on investment.

To learn more, please visit, www.ipsos-na.com/media.

About Ipsos

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Member companies assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media. They measure public opinion around the globe.

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In 2009, Ipsos generated global revenues of €943.7 million ($1.31 billion U.S.).

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Anticipation Building for Project Natal and PlayStation Move

Contact

Nicholas Williams
Director of Gaming Insights
Ipsos MediaCT
(415) 597-4005
nicholas.williams@ipsos.com
Tom Harbeck
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Marketing
Ipsos MediaCT
+1.212.524.8231
tharbeck@otxresearch.com