NPD: More gamers play online through Xbox 360 than PS3

Research group's 2013 Online Gaming Report finds that close to 50 percent more online console gamers in the United States use Xbox 360 than PS3.

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Nearly 50 percent more online console gamers use Xbox 360 for playing games online than PlayStation 3, according to data from the NPD Group's 2013 Online Gaming report released by Microsoft today. Of note, the NPD Group tracks data for the United States only.

In addition, Microsoft said in the past 12 months, the company has delivered more than 20 billion hours of online gaming and entertainment through Xbox 360. This represents a 17 percent year-over-year growth, the company said.

Microsoft did not say how those 20 billion hours were divided between games and entertainment services, like Netflix or Hulu. The company announced in March 2012 that Xbox Live users in the United States spend more time with entertainment services than they do playing games through the online service.

The new statistics are part of Microsoft's "Week of Xbox Live" campaign that began today. Microsoft will share more news and information about what is in the pipeline for Xbox Live throughout the week.

Today's update on the Xbox Wire touched upon previously announced Xbox One features like the system's new Friends and Followers tabs, as well as the new Achievement system. Check out the video below for a first look at how the Friends app will work on Xbox One.

Discussion

445 comments
Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

Eddie's stories can be so annoying sometimes. We're on the verge of a new generation in gaming and he's posting this as if it's news...

CmdrVOODOO
CmdrVOODOO

Let's see, they sold 50% more 360s in the US than PS3s.... and somehow the number of online gamers match that percentage exactly.  This is one hell of a news story!  Holy hell, this is in fact some breaking news!

brain20035
brain20035

Of course more people will play on their Xbox online because there are more Xbox 360's sold in US than PS3s!!! Do they take us for idiots???

Veenox
Veenox

Garbage news, again...

moesuir
moesuir

Playing spit screen multiplayer with a family member, using only one paid account. Sweet bargain.

R.I.P. Sony Poorstation 4.5gigs

awarriorg
awarriorg

360 - 45 million units; PS3 - 27 million units...according to VG Chartz for USA.  This is obvious news.  Why does GS keep pushing out news that invokes console wars.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

Well if you're going to spend money on something, I hope you'll use it!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Because the Xbox focuses on marketing to the bro-shooter multiplayer market, while the PS3 has far more single player games.

So what?

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

This is news? We knew this.

georgeS1987
georgeS1987

PSN is for free and they still lost lol

snaketus
snaketus

United States = the world? Yeah right. Useless statistics and even more useless article. And other note ps3 has many more and better exclusive single player games, that might mean something too in this equation. What this news is supposed to tell you? Other than Xbox players play more cod online than playstation players.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

Well that's cause xbox dominates the market in general in the US. Don't really see the point of doing one just for the US, the result was obvious without it.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

No surprise there, it has always been the most played console.

xblackdivine
xblackdivine

XBOX360 has the hardcore gamers.
XBOX360 is the best at current generation.COD/HALO series are the best.
<3 XBOX360 <3
^__^

Gamzz
Gamzz

I would have gotten a 360 if they were built right. RROD issues has steered me away from them. Ps3's are more reliable in my opinion and I dont have any issues with it. I love it, but both consoles are good though.

scrooge_drake
scrooge_drake

Its America, not the world. Microsoft is american company, so americans buy xbox.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

There are 60% more Xbox 360's sold in the US compared to PS3.  

Even if the number is correct, its not so staggering,

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Veenox I feel like you can read my thoughts. You also did the same in another pointless article.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@snaketus Actually false but Sony kids are mentally retarded and can't follow their own train of logic. Japan != world, ergo, PS3 has less exclusives than 360, sorry.

Even including a lot of Japan only exclusives, PS3 barely has more than 360.

saltbalsak
saltbalsak

@Sundberg_man You're spot on. Considering the XB360 had outsold the PS3 almost 2 to 1 in the USA, is this a surprise to anyone?

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

@Gamzz Yep. Still on my original 60GB launch PS3 with zero issues. 

xblackdivine
xblackdivine

@scrooge_drake YOU FORGOT UK.
uk is for XBOX360.
all major gaming-zones is owned by XBOX360 IN CURRENT GENERATION(JAPAN NO)
i am so happy that MICROSOFT defeated sony hard.
^__^

quinten488
quinten488

@scrooge_drake Sony own gaming worldwide, all they need is to take over the US, and since it costs less than the X1 im pretty sure they will.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

@Grenadeh @snaketus 360 has like, 25 more exclusives than PS3. It also was released a year earlier and still has less sales to date than the PS3.

 Oh, and if you take the top exclusives from both systems and look on metacritic, you'll find that the PS3 has more games with higher scores.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Sundberg_man @WantYouBad Mmm it seems you will never learn. The passive aggressiveness is a nice touch though. Have fun self-aggrandizing.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@WantYouBad Amazing that you still can't answer a simple question. Well what ever. I'll just stand by saying your first statement is wrong and without any valid proof and leave it at that. Have a nice day ^^

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Sundberg_man @WantYouBad So this was indeed all a dance to stroke your ego while avoiding my statement because you didn't like it, but thank you for finally acknowledging it.

And yes I tend to have respect for anyone and everyone, until they have proven otherwise. But no, I no longer have any respect for you, you think you are smarter than you actually are.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@WantYouBad Didn't know you had respect for me to begin with? Anyways, the news is about the console with most online play and you're statement is written in such a unclear way that to me, you're referring to console as a whole and not only the online features . Now if you would've written ''has always been the console that people play the most online on'' i would agree. However now you're clearly making a statement that xbox is the most played console overall, and that on the other hand is not proven in this topic.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Sundberg_man @WantYouBad Why don't you reread the original post, your answer is quite clear. Come now, this is getting old, whether you just refuse to acknowledge the statement or don't believe it is another thing but this subtle belittling is making me lose respect for you, your pretentiousness is tiresome.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@WantYouBad As in most number of times or time? Or as in most played/person? There is plenty of ways to interpret that statement.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Sundberg_man @WantYouBad @bluebird08 Well if you look back you can see most played, so your answer was already written.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Sundberg_man @xblackdivine @brainiac1988 People that are on their 5th Xbox caused it to happen. The failure rate isn't actually that high - I've literally never seen an Xbox RROD, never knew anyone who did or had one RROD either. The ONLY problem I ever had with an Xbox was one with a fudged up processor that I bought for a few bucks off e-bay after my Elite was stolen.

You simply can't have 4 consoles fail on you in a row and not be a part of the problem.