PlayStation 3 is "most connected" console in US

Market research from US firm TDG claims that more PlayStation 3 owners have their consoles connected to the Internet compared to the Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii, Neowin has learnt via Eurogamer.

The survey of 2000 adult broadband users showed that 78 percent of PlayStation 3 owners have the console hooked up. Xbox 360 owners were not far behind with 73 percent of respondents who owned the console saying it was online, while the Wii came bottom with just 54 percent of its owners connecting the console to the Internet.

However, the report from TDG also seems to indicate that the number of PlayStation 3 owners was the lowest, with just 382 compared to 453 for the Xbox 360. The Wii had by far the most owners though, with 707 respondents appearing to own the console.

TDG concluded that a third of all broadband households in the United States have a console connected to the Internet - something which TDG's Michael Greeson puts down to people not just looking to "enhance their gaming experience", but also "to access the growing variety of online media."

Graph showing number of consoles online.

Image credit: TDG Research

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I don't get the "most connected" part of the title. It's actually the "lowest connected" console out of the 3. It is the highest percentage because of the lower number of owned consoles.

Wii: 54% of 707 owned = 381.78
360: 73% of 453 owned = 330.69
PS3: 78% of 382 owned = 297.96

The only thing that keeps me on my 360, and not switch to PS3, is the controls.

I can not stand the PS3 controllers. If they were to come out with controllers with the same shape and function as the 360 controllers, i'd throw away my 360 and move over to PS3.

I personally like the trigger buttons instead of the two buttons on each shoulder of the controller that PS has.

The real question here shouldn't be what console is 'hooked' up online, but how much each console is used for online play and content.

Just the Halo fans alone would shove the PS3 users into a 1% bracket.

I think the "Most Connected" is a little stupid. If you go by percent of owners that have it connected, then maybe.... but as stated, PS3 has the lowest total users.
If you go by the percent of total owners, Wii had 381 connected, PS3 had 298, and Xbox360 had 330 users connected.

Could say that out of 2030 users that 18.77% had Wii connected, 14.68% had PS3 connected, and 16.26% had Xbox360 connected.

So I would say Wii had the "Most Connected" It all depends on how you want to twist the percent.

aessap said,
I think the "Most Connected" is a little stupid. If you go by percent of owners that have it connected, then maybe.... but as stated, PS3 has the lowest total users.
If you go by the percent of total owners, Wii had 381 connected, PS3 had 298, and Xbox360 had 330 users connected.

Could say that out of 2030 users that 18.77% had Wii connected, 14.68% had PS3 connected, and 16.26% had Xbox360 connected.

So I would say Wii had the "Most Connected" It all depends on how you want to twist the percent.

Well, that would just altogether be another kind of survey. This one is simply just what percentage of each console's userbase uses internet on their console.

I don't see how this can be correct given the much larger player base the 360 has for online titles with xblive...bad sample or fishy numbers.

A survey of such a small population sample doesn't hold much relevance. Especially when those numbers are available by simply connecting to the system.

They asked 1/1000 of 1% of Xbox 360 owners and this was the result. Do you think that is actually anywhere close to accurate?

techSage said,
They asked 1/1000 of 1% of Xbox 360 owners and this was the result. Do you think that is actually anywhere close to accurate?

Agreed. This isn't very accurate.

techSage said,
They asked 1/1000 of 1% of Xbox 360 owners and this was the result. Do you think that is actually anywhere close to accurate?

I thought the same when i read this article.

techSage said,
They asked 1/1000 of 1% of Xbox 360 owners and this was the result. Do you think that is actually anywhere close to accurate?

Statistics say that as long as you followed the procedure of random sampling and all that good stuff, you can get a good representation with a relatively small sample.

How else would we be able to take stats? Sample the entire population?

Yeah but c'mon, 78% vs 73% is not a big difference at all in reality, and I'm sure if you asked more and more people you'd get something more realistic.
Even if you asked the entire population the results could still be the same but we'll never know. I just don't think 2000 people vs the MILLIONS of people who have consoles is a very good picture.

Yep, PSNetwork is free but it sucks... bigtime, is the worst organized system I ever saw! (I'm refering to the game demos and videos and stuff, not the playing experience) compared to the well designed xbox live... I stick with live. I have both consoles and I only used the PS3 to play Heavy Rain and GOW 3 ohhhh yes, and also to watch Start Trek on BD.

ReznorX said,
Yep, PSNetwork is free but it sucks... bigtime, is the worst organized system I ever saw! (I'm refering to the game demos and videos and stuff, not the playing experience) compared to the well designed xbox live... I stick with live. I have both consoles and I only used the PS3 to play Heavy Rain and GOW 3 ohhhh yes, and also to watch Start Trek on BD.

U r joking right? The new interface on the Xbox dashboard is a joke when trying to find something. The PSN store is so much simpler to use.

As a total entertainment device, the PS3 blows the 360 out of the water.

rrode74 said,

U r joking right? The new interface on the Xbox dashboard is a joke when trying to find something. The PSN store is so much simpler to use.

As a total entertainment device, the PS3 blows the 360 out of the water.

I agree. I actually liked the Xbox's interface before the NXE update. It looks fugly Imho.

Edited by crispkreme, Apr 14 2010, 8:50pm :

crispkreme said,

I agree. I actually liked the Xbox's interface before the NXE update. It looks fugly Imho.

yea, i lost count at how many times i used to pass up a section i was looking for when scrolling up/down only to find that what i was looking for originally wasnt even in that particular section. leaving me to dig through other sections... total mess.

rrode74 said,

U r joking right? The new interface on the Xbox dashboard is a joke when trying to find something. The PSN store is so much simpler to use.

As a total entertainment device, the PS3 blows the 360 out of the water.

Ya, I can't deny that the new interface if very... Wii...ish, along with the avatar thing, but the concept as a whole is good. Opossed to your experience I can find anything really fast, yes at first I hated it, but as I got familiarized with it everything ran smooth... and my experience with the PS3 is just not that good. The download manager on the PS3 is goofy, the braindamaged thing of installing games on the hdd takes forever, and I can go on... but we would be missing the topic.

And after all, It's just my opinion... I'm a 35 year old gamer who refuses to set the consoles aside! But I think that newer generations may have a better insight of which is best.

No reason not to have your PS3 connected, can do it over WiFi/Ethernet inbuilt and there's no way to play pirated games/get your console banned so no reason to play offline (as of yet).

Agreed -

I sold my xbox a year ago due to just having to PAY to play online.

WiFi is handy in the PS3, but there is a work around with a laptop for the lack of wireless for the xbox too

dave164 said,
PS3 online experience is really bad in comparrison to 360

You get what you pay for


Stating like its a fact .. :lol:

Maybe you need to justify the $50 you pay for which the PS3 users enjoy FREE out of the box.

dave164 said,
PS3 online experience is really bad in comparrison to 360

You get what you pay for

Exactly, that's why PS3 is more expensive.

Wii is kinda pointless online other than for downloading new content.
The xBox requires you to use a CAT5 or buy an extra wireless adapter. The PS3 has all inbuilt. I currently have my PS3 via wireless and a CAT5 running from my office out the window into the living room for the xBox. They should have added wifi to the xBox a long time ago...


Yes and no; my daughter uses her Wii to stream movies from Netflix. Very convenient.

Edited by Fritzly, Apr 14 2010, 1:33pm : mispelled word

SK[ said,]Wii is kinda pointless online other than for downloading new content.

Why do you people say stuff like this? Wii has online support to play games online just like other games. Stop bashing the most popular system (in terms of sales).

couldn't edit above post.
I meant to say "online support to play games online just like other *consoles*.

Edited by Tha Bloo Monkee, Apr 14 2010, 3:08pm :

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

Why do you people say stuff like this? Wii has online support to play games online just like other games. Stop bashing the most popular system (in terms of sales).

You people?

SK[ said,]Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. I meant in terms of having online multiplayer.

Funny, I play online multiplayer games on my Wii.

Doli said,

Funny, I play online multiplayer games on my Wii.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Wii, but the multiplayer support leaves something to be desired.