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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.

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, xbox 360, online gaming, gaming culture

10/14/2013 11:20:04 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

Brighat
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 11:40:29 AM
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Yes, it will change.

PS4 will have a very similar online system (cross chat is the big add-on) as the Xbox 360 and One. More people will own a PS4 vs. One unlike this generation in the U.S. Both systems will have similar social media options. This time around, people can't criticize Sony's online for being bare bones.

I'll probably keep the online at a minimum, though. I'm not a fan of it. I like single player almost exclusively.

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richterm
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 11:42:03 AM
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My response would actually be:

"In the US, there's ONLY 50% more gamers using XBox? I'm surprised it's not higher".

I base that on my own circle of friends and associates, who seem to be very heavy XBox owners. Mostly Call of Duty players. Or Minecraft, if they are younger. (I'm a Scout leader, so I tend to interact with younger gamers)

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souljah92
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 6:06:29 PM

I hope you interact with your pants on

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richterm
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 6:25:53 PM

Really? You went there?

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MRSUCCESS
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 12:18:34 PM
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and more than half of those gamers play shooters. I'm sure PS3 gamers are more involved with other genres of gaming especially outside of the U.S.

Statistics can be used to anyone's advantage. After Resistance 3 the only game that I still played online was Dark Souls. GTA5 is kind of fun but the campaign is still better in my opinion.

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Beamboom
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 12:22:57 PM
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Isn't 50% more more less spot on the ratio of PS3 VS X360 owners in North America?

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Axe99
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 5:35:08 PM

This - it's hardly surprising. Indeed, it's a little odd that the Xbox 360 only has the same amount of online players (relative to install base) as the oft-maligned (in terms of its online gaming, although my experience on both was pretty similar) PS3.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 1:06:26 PM
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Sony gots the offline focus, yup.

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Gabriel013
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 1:22:48 PM
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Could part of that be to do with the main market for each console? I think the average age of an XBox gamer is (was?) lower than that of a PS3 gamer.
Maybe online gaming appeals more generally to the younger players.

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 2:10:07 PM

^I would have to agree on that also. And more adults on average do online PC gaming than consoles, anyway that's my theory, could be a fact but not sure.

Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 10/14/2013 2:13:02 PM

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Beamboom
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 2:50:35 PM
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Guys, seriously:
According to VGchartz there's 27.3 mill PS3s and 44.7 mill x360s sold in North America.

That means that there's more than 40% more x360 than there are PS3s in North America, something that simply put explains the entire difference.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 2:56:22 PM

That too!

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PC_Max
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 5:14:10 PM
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No surprises. I guess MS is trying to gain back some ground and get on top. And it probably knows, as we all do, its key market is the US. They don't care about the rest of the world too much. Not right now anyway. Once launch is done and things get moving. They may start to broaden a bit.

Everyone I know, Xbox to Sony owners has always said Sony has the best and most abundant exclusives. And they are all mostly offline, with the some exceptions of course.

Certainly MS and Sony have somewhat distinct personas, so time will tell which people moved towards for their hub of entertainment.

Keep playing!

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Knightzane
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 6:04:07 PM
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I've converted so many to the ps3 that I find it believable. It all starts with a free console, and then friends of the person who received it buy the same console. I went to elementary school in Redmon, Washington. Guess what I got for free for winning some writing contest? My very own xbox lol I still played my ps2 way more though. Catching up on sleep sucks.

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souljah92
Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 6:05:39 PM
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50% more kids under the age of 10 playing 360 as well than the ps3

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___________
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 3:19:48 AM
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thats because its more reliable.
never had any disconnection issues with XBLA, and downloading things off it is always allot faster!
dark souls 2 beta is starting to piss me off, everytime i boot it up i get the error message i dont have the latest update but no matter what i do i cant get the latest update to download.
sigh, can i EVER go on PSN, do what i want to do, and sign out, without any problems?
once?
just ONCE!?
really, i dont think thats so much to ask!

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Banky A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 4:27:25 AM
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Seriously a change gonna' come Sam Cooke once said.

Serious. Ohhh yes it will.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 5:15:29 AM
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yeh i have to agree with you on the offline experiences on ps3 not to mention microsoft hasn't put anything out thats an offline game. but yeah i think xbox seems to be the online gamers choice for this gen that could change next gen.

happy gaming =)

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