Study: PlayStation 3 Is The "Most Connected" Console
Online multiplayer and online stores have become staples of this generation, and there's an ongoing battle between the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.
At the latest count, Sony claimed there were around 39 million active PSN accounts, which of course translates to multiple accounts per console as there are only around 34 million PS3s worldwide. However, perhaps what's most important is the connection ratio; i.e., what percentage of owned consoles are hooked up to the Internet? Well, according to a new study by The Diffusion Group and as cited by Gamasutra, the PS3 wins that ratio war. The results show that 78% of PS3 users in the US have their system connected to the Internet, while the Xbox 360 is a close second at 73% and the Wii trails behind at 54%. Said Diffusion Group director of research Michael Greeson:
"Today's game consoles are increasingly connected to the internet, not just to enhance their gaming experience but to access the growing variety of online media-video."
As of now, the group says that video game consoles are "best positioned to become the first mainstream over-the-top (OTT) video delivery platform." It certainly helps that the PSN and Live lets users buy or rent movies and TV shows (all three consoles support Netflix now) and of course, there are a growing number of digital games and downloadable pieces of content, too. But considering Microsoft's continual claim that they're the king of online, it's interesting that a higher percentage of PS3 owners have their consoles connected...
4/12/2010 8:52:51 PM John Shepard