50% more gamers play online through Xbox 360 than PS3 in US, says NPD

Monday, 14th October 2013 22:53 GMT By Sherif Saed

Xbox 360 has 50% more online service users than PlayStation 3 in the United States according to an NPD report.

According to an extract from the NPD’s 2013 Online Gaming report, released today by Microsoft, nearly 50% more online console users are on Xbox 360 rather than PS3.

As part of Microsoft’s “Week of Xbox Live”, the firm added that it has delivered more than 20 billion hours of online gaming and entertainment through Xbox 360. This represents a 17% year-on-year growth, according to the firm.

Microsoft also did not specify how that number is divided between actual online play versus other entertainment services like Netflix.

Xbox Wire promises more news and information during the week.

Thanks, Gamespot.



  1. wamp

    not a shocker, specially for the US

    #1 1 year ago
  2. GK

    maybe because its more users-buyers? :D

    #2 1 year ago
  3. UuBuU

    Like flies to shit

    #3 1 year ago
  4. TrickyAudio

    After 8 long years my Xbox Live subscription lapsed this week, and for the first time I’m not re-subbing. Had some great times, but with PS4 around the corner, PlayStation Plus offers so much more for me than Live ever did or probably will, even if I one day get an X1.

    Cheers for the memories (uno online for hours), but you’re no longer what you once were.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Arcnail

    What exactly does PS+ offer ‘so much more’ of? Both sound pretty equal…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Crapgamer

    How is this news to anyone? Microsoft and Xbox Live have been the go to service for console gamer’s for years now. Microsoft releases a top 10 list every month for games played on their service.

    Can’t wait to use those new services on Xbox One, Smart Match and the new feedback system look amazing. I also like being able to appear offline being included again. It was little things like that that made Xbox Live all the better. I don’t think I trust PSN, haven’t used it at all since it was hacked, and there doesn’t seem to be much on the dedicated server front, rep front, or reporting trouble makers front with the PS4. I like how Microsoft has no problem banning trouble makers.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. livewired500

    Over 50% more sales of X360 in US than PS3. Hmmm,….nope doesn’t make any sense what-so-ever.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Major Mayhem 70

    Sounds about right. It’s a great service that I’ve been subscribing to since its launch in 2002. Will continue to do so and now with 300,000 servers it can only get better. Excited for the next generation of gaming.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Fethennour

    @5 I find your lack of knowledge about PS+ disturbing.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Doppleganger

    OMG PS fan trolls EVERYWHERE!!!!!
    Its actually cause online multiplayer is actually better on Xbox live. Everyone that I know that owns both consoles actually play there online gaming on the Xbox cause the servers are more reliable and faster.
    You cant deny that coming from a person that owns both.

    Im not a fan boy of any console but do go after the controller and software. I held both next gen controllers and played some Xbox one few months back and although I prefer the 360 controller over ps3 I really did like the PS4 controller this time around. BUT!! XBox One had way better games and comparing Forza 5 to Drive Club was an obvious choice. Also had a blast playing Killer Instinct

    #10 1 year ago
  11. lexph3re

    @10 a little perspective for you. Out of ten comments only one person made a positive remark towards psn. Sooooo wheres the ps fanboys everywhere?

    #11 1 year ago

    That’s because XBL is about a million times better than PSN.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. UuBuU

    @10 Intelligent gamers don’t use either. They use their PCs for online gaming.

    PC master race fanboys always talk about superior hardware and graphics, but it’s the online experience (followed by modding) where PC gaming really triumphs over console gaming.

    Now I can accept the value of owning a console for certain singleplayer exclusives that aren’t available on a PC, or for split-screen/co-op multiplayer ~ but there’s no value at all in online multiplayer on consoles. It’s a garbage experience in every way possible compared to PCs ~ and they expect you to pay a monthly fee for it!

    #13 1 year ago

    ^ No way.

    PC online gaming is split across different service providers (Steam/Origin/GFWL/Uplay/etc), with different requirements, and it’s so disjointed, you have to use your own workarounds to get a console-like experience.

    With a 360, for example, you know that everyone has (or should have) a mic. It’s just plug and play.

    In most of the more popular PC online games that I’ve ever played, people use text chat, and have to play and type at the same time.

    You have to know exactly when your friends are playing certain games, if you’re playing something else. With a console, everything is integrated, and runs smoothly.

    I think that the day that MMOs and RTSs are as functional on a console as they are on a PC, is the day that core PC gaming is finished, and all that will be left is the hardcore enthusiasts.

    Online gaming is a much better all round experience on console, where everything just works, and you don’t have to worry about compatibility, or having to play a game with some random instant messaging program running at the same time.

    People prefer convenience over the ability to do more, if it involves faffing around.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. UuBuU

    @14 Close friends and clan members use microphones in PC gaming ~ that’s the way it’s always been. When you’re on a public server with people you don’t really know that well, text chat is much more ideal.

    I find it hilarious that you bring up convenience as a downside of the online PC experience. One of the main reasons why the PC experience is vastly superior is it doesn’t rely on match-making like consoles do. There’s no sitting around waiting in lobbies before being thrown onto some random server with random people. You can find a nice dedicated server with a smooth connection and settings you like, then frequent it regularly. Other gamers do the same, so communities develop over time and you actually get to know people who aren’t already your friends in the real world.

    Clans can also own their own severs, which is crucial to competitive gaming. A few console titles allow you to “rent” servers in an attempt to emulate the PC experience, but it’s really not the same, and in making short term (1 day – 1 week) rentals so readily available at a cheap price, they just attract the wrong kind of people who really shouldn’t be server admins.

    The ability to mod in online PC gaming is also a major factor. Mods greatly improve the game and keep it fresh LONG after the developers have stopped supporting it. FOR FREE. This is one of the reasons why a good online PC game will still have a strong active community for over a decade after release. You just don’t see that on consoles. Console devs want you to play their online games for several months to a year at most, pay extra for map packs, then move onto the next online game.

    #15 1 year ago

    One of the main reasons why the PC experience is vastly superior is it doesn’t rely on match-making like consoles do. There’s no sitting around waiting in lobbies before being thrown onto some random server with random people. You can find a nice dedicated server with a smooth connection and settings you like, then frequent it regularly.

    Come on now, be serious.

    We both know it’s not quite that simple.

    The console experience is: buy the game, put the disc in, play online. No fuss.

    The PC experience isn’t quite like you’ve explained it. At least, certainly not in my experience.

    Without getting into compatibility, which online system you’re going to use and whether or not your friends are getting the game for the same system; just to find a decent game, you have to search through a whole bunch of stupidly named servers, most of which are half empty. Of the ones that aren’t, loads of them are full of the most stupidly pointless mods, never ending matches, and/or contain hackers.

    You then have to hope that once you do find a decent game, that the admin doesn’t decide to kick you, because to actually dared to kill him once, or even for no particular reason, whatsoever.

    If you do manage to find a decent server, then you’re stuck playing pretty much the same people over, and over, and over, and over again, so you may as well set up your own, right?

    But why bother? ‘Just put the disc in and play’ makes a whole lot more sense.

    I actually prefer playing against random people, anyway. Sure, I play with the same people, but I don’t really want to be playing against the same people time and time again, and I’d much prefer new challenges, and meeting teams that we have to work really hard to beat.

    I used to game a lot on PC, and I still do, sometimes, but the ease and convenience of console gaming online is a huge plus point for it over online gaming on PC IYAM.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. viralshag

    Well I find gaming online with a PC is the worst thing about a PC. I rarely bother to do it. #16 is spot on with a lot of the reasons why. My main bug bear is having to search for servers, it feels like such a waste of time and really anyone who says it’s better than matchmaking must be on drugs.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. bradk825

    Xbox quite intentionally made itself the best place for multiplayer. Party chat and a robust, reliable network are worth (at least to me) the subscription fee. Not to mention the timed exclusive content and such that we get because of those fees.

    I won’t be surprised at all if their online service outperforms all competitors again this time around. They’ve added servers and driving the comeback of dedicated servers over player hosting. The party and friends system are overhauled, etc.. The don’t seem keen to give up the throne as the best multiplayer experience even if they don’t outsell on hardware (they totally won’t outsell on hardware this time).

    #18 1 year ago

    ^ +1

    #19 1 year ago
  20. bradk825

    ^ aww thanks. :-)

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Hcw87

    So MS just announced dedicated servers for all multiplayer games.

    MS 1 – Sony 0 in round one.

    Lets see if Sony can counter this.

    #21 1 year ago

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