NPD: Close to 50% More People Use the Xbox 360 than PS3 for Playing Online in the US

In a recent post on his blog, Major Nelson (aka Larry Hryb, who is “working on the Xbox team flipping switches since 2003 & Tweeting since 2006″) went into some details about what you can expect from Xbox Live on the Xbox One.

Near the beginning, after thanking people for choosing Xbox, he reveals NPD data from an August 2013 Online Gaming report that puts the Xbox 360 ahead of the PS3:

In the last 12 months, we delivered more than 20 billion hours of gaming and entertainment on Xbox, over 17% growth over the previous year. We’re proud and humbled to be the top online gaming service – according to NPD’s August 2013 Online Gaming report, close to 50% more online console gamers use the Xbox 360 for playing online than the PlayStation 3.

Since the NPD only tracks data in the United States, and the Xbox 360 consistently finishes first in the number of consoles sold each month, it isn’t surprising to see the Xbox 360 ahead of the PS3, but it’s still a pretty wide margin.

How do you think the online numbers will compare with the Xbox One and PS4? Let us know in the comments below.

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