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Study: Xbox 360 Is 'Console Online Gaming Leader,' 87% Play PC Games Online
by Chris Faylor Mar 10, 2009 10:28am CST tags: NPD, Study, Online Gaming
The Xbox 360 is "the console online gaming leader" in the United States, according to a study conducted by marketing research group NPD between January 6-26, 2009. However, the PC remains "the most widely used platform for online gaming activities."
An online survey of "just over 20,000" U.S. residents found that the Xbox 360 accounted for 50% of consoles played online. The Wii made up 29%, a jump from 2008's 18%.
As for PC, NPD told Shacknews that 87% of those surveyed used a PC to play games online. That's down from 90% in 2008, described as a statistically significant decrease.
Specific figures for other platforms were not provided, but the company said that "PS2 fell dramatically and PS3 moved up from fifth place to third place."
The study further noted that micro-transaction downloads have slowed since last year's report, and added that Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners engage in micro-transactions and purchase more downloadable content than those of other systems.
Overall, online console and portable gaming was said to have seen a "statistically significant increase," with 25% of those surveyed going online playing online with a console in 2009. That's up from last year, which only saw 19% play online.
Of the total online gamers, 22% were aged 13-17, an increase from last year's 17%. Meanwhile, the 18-34 and 35-54 year old demographics saw a decrease in usage, though exact figures were not provided.
Registered Accounts on Playstation Network Exceed 20 Million Worldwide
In a press release Wednesday (read below), Sony announces that in just two years and three months more than 20 million PSN accounts have been registered worldwide on the PlayStation 3. That's three million more than registered Xbox Live accounts. Microsoft's public relations firm, Edelman, informed me "There are more than 17 million Xbox LIVE members worldwide."
UK Xbox Head Does Not Believe Sony's 20 Million PlayStation Network Figure
However, Stephen McGill, the head of Microsoft's UK gaming and entertainment division, is skeptical, as those numbers would place the number of PSN users at 3 million more than what Microsoft has with Xbox Live. To that end, he says that there are "questions over what does Sony's numbers really mean."