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Microsoft, Sony Compared in XBL, PSN Numbers

Depending on who you ask, both Xbox Live and the PSN have their devout fans, so it's near impossible to say for sure which one is "better." But what about most popular?

Both Microsoft and Sony have released the usage numbers for their respective online networks. Microsoft announced that Xbox Live Gold memberships have topped 23 million subscribers, making it "the biggest social network connected to the TV." Additionally, Microsoft said that 2.3 million subscribers were logged in at one point during the month of January, a record for the service.

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However, Sony quickly posted its own numbers, contesting Microsoft's claim to have "the biggest social network connected to a TV." Jack Tretton, President & CEO of PlayStation, writes that the PSN has more than 40 million users worldwide.

Considering the numbers above, it's safe to say the PSN has more subscribers, but a factor that must be taken into account is that the PSN is free to use while an Xbox Live account requires the user to pay a monthly subscription. Most people have no problem signing up for a free service, because even if they never use it, it doesn't cost them anything just to have an account. On the other side, subscription-based services are less attractive and so, only the absolutely dedicated will pony up the cash.

One way to gauge which is truly seeing more use would be to compare the highest number of users signed into each service at its busiest period. Unfortunately, though Microsoft has said its record is 2.3 million, Sony hasn't provided that information. We've contacted the company and asked, so we'll update when we heard back.

In the mean time, which do you think offers a better service?

  • kyzar
    In the mean time, which do you think offers a better service?

    ...and could the responses please come from people who actually use both services regularly rather than 'mine is better !!!one111two!' blind jingoism...

    ;)
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  • Tedders
    I use both. I believe that XBL is the better service and for me, it is definitely faster. I have to say tho, that I haven't used PSN as much as XBL, but the whole XBL is much smoother and better designed. I would be interested in those PSN #'s as well to see how many people are ACTUALLY using it. The better one gets, the better it is for us because then in turn, the other will get better as well.
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  • carlhenry
    i wont be surprised if the psn outmatches the xbox live. its free, so if you have a ps3, why the hell wont you use it?

    but lemme say who's happier? psn or live? i definitely say its live because of the monthly subscription fee.

    oh, and i too would like to compare the quality of service from both. free = terrible service? monthly subscription = HQ service?

    it would suck if psn has the better service lol.
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  • "In the mean time, which do you think offers a better service?"

    Obviously a conversation starter. I have and use both; XBL performs lags from time to time, but not nearly as much as PSN, and XBL has a much nicer interface. You have to pay for XBL, so if $50 per year is too expensive (the price of 1 new game) then you'll want to use PSN. Enough said.
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  • Regulas
    I will take free any day along with a Blue Ray player, a user upgradable hard drive, built in WiFi and so on.
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  • micmic
    PSN bcz its free
    XBOX Live not bcz i banned from it!:D
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  • micmic
    PSN bcz its free
    XBOX Live not bcz i banned from it!:D
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  • hillarymakesmecry
    I paid 27.99 for my last 1 year XBL card. There are some on buy.com right now for $35. So no one should be quoting the $50 figure. That's only if you're stupid and gave msft your CC number.
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  • Sony are comparing their free PSN with Microsofts paid for Gold memebrship. Surely a better comparison would be PSN subscriber numbers against ALL Xbox Live subscribers (Gold and the free Silver membership).

    I have a 360, PS3 and a Wii... I prefer XBox Live personally but thats jsut a personal preference.
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  • BluntObjection
    Ehh...Seems pretty obvious that PSN would have more subscribers. Not only is it free. But the PSP and the PS3 both use the service. Two devices to one... :/
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