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PlayStation 3 Online Community Matches 360

November 19th, 2008 by Derrick Schommer · 6 Comments

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Although PlayStation 3 is still third in worldwide sales, behind the Xbox 360 by about 5-million units, the PS3 community services now have as many online gamers as Xbox 360 says Sony. Sony posted on their blog saying, “with 14 million active accounts and 273 million pieces of content downloaded, we know that you’re thirsting for this digital entertainment.”

Although US sales of the 360 are killing the PS3, the community membership does give gamers a reason to get online with the PS3. Nobody wants to buy into a console that has very few active online games or an easy way to find friends (*cough* Wii). Having 14-million users helps them bridge the sales gap by building gamer confidence. Social networking is the new term; gamers want to socialize with each other online and with their consoles.

Microsoft recently announced their 14-million subscriber base and continue to update folks when they hit big milestones. The main difference, LIVE is a subscription system — those 14-million gamers are also paying for the service (we’re not sure if silver memberships count in that figure) and this means income for Microsoft while Sony does their service for free.

Although Microsoft is making money on their service, no doubt Sony will bypass their total membership because it has no cost barriers to play. The biggest cost barrier to get on Sony’s network is the PS3 itself and many gamers hold out for price drops which aren’t coming anytime soon (so says Sony). However, building a larger community on a free network allows Sony to siphon gamers to buy downloadable content, games, music, movies and all the goodies that go with these services.

It seems a better idea to triple your audience with a free service knowing a large amount of “hardcore gamers” attach themselves to the easy to buy content on said service. So, is it better to make US $50.00 a year on half the population or give triple that population an opportunity to spend more money on content?

“Thanks to all of you, PS3’s momentum is stronger than ever. There are nearly 17 million PS3 systems around the world, and in the United States, PS3 hardware sales are up nearly 100 percent from where we were at this time last year. Software sales have tripled from a year ago. Yes, we’re proud about everything we’ve accomplished, and we’re even more psyched about where we’re going with our holiday software lineup” (playstation.com)

Eventually gamers may have access to Sony’s Home project, which could raise the community figures and give Xbox 360 something less to brag about. Although, we’re sure Sony would rather be boasting “number one” console again, at least they’ve finally got a win on their side because 14-million users is only the beginning for them.

Plus, it’s hard to argue free.

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Tags: Editorial · Microsoft · Nintendo · playstation 3 · Sony · Wii · Xbox 360

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jonahfalconNo Gravatar // Nov 19, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    How can Sony have more PSN users than consoles?

  • 2 Jedi_KezNo Gravatar // Nov 19, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I don’t buy the 14-million active online users. That’s pretty much exactly 100% of the PS3s out there, or at least somewhere in the 90%s. There is no way in hell almost every single PS3 user is online, actively.

    Sony likes to ‘spin’ their numbers, I bet they ‘forgot’ to include the word ‘potential’ in there 🙂

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  • 5 sburgessNo Gravatar // Nov 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    How do you “buy” credits or points for PS3 downloadable content? I have a nephew who wants “PS3 points” for his Christmas gift from me.

  • 6 FGNo Gravatar // Dec 16, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Sony forget what “REALITY” is Sonys online sucks can’t even get home to connect . They must have employees playing over lan . I dont believe shit sony ever says anymore .

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