UK kids prefer tablets, smartphones to portable consoles

Children are increasingly gaining access to their own mobile devices over portable consoles such as Nintendo's 3DS, according to a report.

Published Mon, Jun 30 2014 9:05 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

Nintendo has long had a reputation - fair or not - as being the chief console manufacturer for family-friendly, children's gaming. But now, at least in the United Kingdom, kids are ditching the 3DS for gaming on tablets instead.

UK kids prefer tablets, smartphones to portable consoles |

According to a study from Futuresource Consulting, just under half of children between 3 and 12 own a tablet - and 30 percent between 3 and 4 have one of their own as well. Parents interviewed for the study agreed they'd be more likely to buy a tablet for their children over the coming months, taking precedence over smartphones or portable consoles.

Older children are more likely to have their own smartphone than a tablet - at 46 percent for those aged 11-12. Parents could quite possibly save money by buying a portable console such as a 3DS for their sprogs, as moms and dads were reported to be spending over 100 pounds - 170 US dollars - on mobile apps every single year, not accounting for the cost of the devices themselves.


Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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