Microsoft: Fifty Percent More People Play Online Using Xbox Live Than on PlayStation Network

Almost 50 percent more online console gamers prefer using the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live than playing online using the PS3 and PlayStation Network, according to new data released by retail research firm NPD Group. The data comes from NPD Group's 2013 Online Gaming report, which was highlighted by Microsoft today for obvious reasons. Of course it should be taken into account that the NPD report only tracked online game players in North America and not in other regions like South America, Asia, and Europe.

Microsoft said that in the past 12 months, the company has delivered more than 20 billion hours of online activities to consumers including gaming and entertainment through Xbox 360, representing a 17 percent year-over-year growth for the company. Microsoft did not give specific details on how much of that time was divided between gaming and entertainment such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, and more.

Microsoft highlighted the data to kick off what it calls the "Week of Xbox Live" campaign. The company is expected to reveal new details on some of the upcoming features to hit its popular online service throughout the week. Today it revealed the new Friends and Followers tabs, as well as the new Achievement system today.

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