Xbox & PlayStation’s Most-Played Games In 2023 Were Averaging Seven Years Old | Gaming


Last year was an incredible time for new releases on Xbox (along with various other platforms), but according to some new data, most of the playtime was still hogged by games that were around seven years old on average.

This is from a report by Newzoo, which lists the top 10 games in 2023 based on their MAU (monthly active users). In terms of Xbox, the average age of this top 10 is 7.2 years old, while PlayStation is actually 7.4 years old.

Here’s a look at the “top 10 games by average MAU in 2023” for Xbox according to the data:

  1. Fortnite
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 / 3 / Warzone 2.0
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Minecraft
  6. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  7. Rocket League
  8. Starfield
  9. Apex Legends
  10. FIFA 23

Obviously Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was one of the new releases that reduced the average a little bit, and Starfield was actually the only single-player game to appear in this top 10 list across Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

In general (across all platforms), players spent over 60% of their time playing games that were six years or older in 2023, which was an increase from 57% in 2022 and 45% in 2021.

New releases accounted for 23% of the overall playtime (also a slight increase compared to 19% in 2022), with most of that attention going towards franchises with annual releases such as Call of Duty and NBA 2K. The rest of the new games added up to just 8% of all playtime across these platforms. Here’s a bit more about the 8% figure:

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