Handheld Gaming On The Rise With Kids

by Ben Reeves on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:11 AM

We thought video gaming on the go was already pretty big among those too short to drive, but according to a recent NPD report, not only is portable gaming big with those between the ages of 4-14, but sales for portable gaming units continue to rise.

According to the NPD study, 44 percent of kids age 4 to 14 use or own their own portable gaming system. This is below general video game playing, as 65% of U.S. households with kids in that age range have a video game console hooked up to their TVs, but it’s still a fairly large percentage. Handheld gaming has also moved up by 8 percent since NPD first conducted a study like this in 2005. Television is still the most popular consumer electronic device among kids, but there is no denying that handhelds like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP have consumed a large portion of our children's freetime.

This begs the question: Is this a good thing? What do you think?

via Industrygamers