NPD Report: 360 Is 50% More Popular Than PS3 For Online
I don't think anyone is all that surprised, are they?
According to the results of the NPD Group's 2013 Online Gaming report released by Microsoft and cited by GameSpot, almost 50 percent more online console gamers use the Xbox 360 to play online than the PlayStation 3.
The NPD tracks numbers for the US only, so that's part of why the numbers aren't too shocking. It was also revealed that in the past year, Microsoft has delivered over 20 billion hours of online gaming and entertainment via Xbox 360, which is a 17 percent year-over-year increase. These stats are part of Microsoft's "Week of Xbox Live" campaign that kicks off today, so you'll probably be seeing and hearing a lot about the Xbox online service.
I knew this was probably true, but do you think the numbers will change at all in the new generation? As more and more people go online to play games, it seems likely that the entire gaming community will continue to shift en masse towards the online world. To me, such numbers just say there were far better offline experiences on the PS3 but then again, that's only one interpretation. And that may not be the case for the PS4/Xbox One era, so the online stats may even out.
10/14/2013 11:20:04 AM Ben Dutka