PSN has twice as many users as Xbox Live

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was excited to announce that Xbox LIVE has 30 million users at this year’s CES. The number of users is up by five million since November, 2010. Not to be outdone by its main competitor, Sony was quick to whip out the ruler during its own keynote presentation, boasting 60 million PlayStation Network users.

The larger number of PSN users can be explained in part by the fact that it is free, while Xbox LIVE requires a subscription fee for its most premium features. It’s also worth noting that Sony’s Kazuo Hirai told Reuters Japan recently that the PlayStation Network has yet to turn a profit.

[Source: Engadget]

Jan 6, 2011


  • Japanaman - January 9, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    PS3: HD Videos with no add-ons, Internet Browser FREE from the start and built-in, and FREE multiplayer online gaming FOREVER. Take that Microsoft and Nintendo!
  • toadape - June 18, 2013 5:14 a.m.

    Not any more :) So, false to your forever speech there
  • ReSoul - January 9, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    I've only ever owned the PS3 and it's cool that it's free and I do call myself a PS3 fanboy but I will almost always say that the 360's infrastructure is really good and I have all the respect I can have for it. This flame war is really stale guys. Let's just agree that the PS3 is finally picking up steam after it's very rocky start and the 360 is a fine system to own.
  • philuk19 - January 8, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    How long until a fanboy straps on a c4 vest and heads for Bill gates house? lol
  • TheCloakandDagger - January 7, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    Sony is really good about misleading people with numbers. I really don't trust what they say anymore.
  • skeletalbutton - January 7, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    Worst.Fanboy.Ammunition. Evar!
  • celticsfan645 - January 7, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    @PanicJester Not being able to spell at a fifth grade level aside, you have a point.
  • nightmare17 - January 7, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    well, thats impressive but how much of these accounts are inactive. I'd say a couple mill on each console is about right. There might be millions of accounts but most are probably not used anymore.
  • oryandymackie - January 7, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    This matters.
  • PanicJester - January 7, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    I prefer psn because it's free, But is it better? no... Theres a reason psn is free and xbl is not, And it's not because they love thier custumers...
  • FanofSaiyan - January 7, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    How many of the users on either Xbox Live or PSN have multiple accounts? Take the numbers listed and diminish it by at least a million and you probably have the real numbers. I prefer PSN to Xbox Live because it's free... and I do not own a 360. Xbox Live does have it's advantages though (better online chat, special rewards for gamers with a high gamerscore, special events and celebrity gamers).
  • skyline19 - January 7, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    I've had both, xbox has been offline for years, I only go online when I get DLC for ME2. I prefer PSN, it's free, that alone makes all the difference. They are both the same, but you pay for xbox live? I could have the same thing for free on ps3, so why bother paying at all?
  • deedob - January 7, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    I'm not one to usually participate in flame wars, but i just need to point out that those two numbers can't really be compared. A) PSN is a service made of PS3 and PSP users. Xbox Live is a service made of 360 users (i assume the article didn't make a mistake because Live is different than xbox live... the former would include potential PC users, however small they might be). It's two platforms VS one. B) like people have already said, one is free and the other isn't (for online gaming at least). When something is free, if an account is banned, you just make a new one. Also make one on your own console for your wife, each kid, every single one of your friends and your dog. The other, just pay once and let all your household play on the same account.
  • NappyAfro - January 7, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Hohoho fanboys and hohoho people saying XBL and PSN are the same when they aren't. Anyway, that's a big number but the fact that PSN is free has a large reason to do with it's numbers. People have many multiple accounts, as many have admitted to. Not to say that there is a small minority of XBL users with disposable income who have more than one XBL gold account. I'd like to see numbers form Sony that shows the amount of users that are actually online and what do they do the most. Last I heard, PS3 users spend much less time playing games than users on the XBox 360 and Wii.
  • FrozenImplosion - January 7, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    Yeah I would agree it's most likely due to the fact it's free, I mean anyone with an ethernet cable wouldn't even have to think twice about getting PSN technically since it's free. Though XBL has considerably more features for the money you pay imo.
  • DryvBy - January 7, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    Xbox Live is better because... it cost more. That's about it.
  • jmcgrotty - January 7, 2011 7:26 a.m.

    "the friends I have that own both 360 and PS3 are all in agreement that if your going to play online, then it is a 360." So, you're saying all your friends are in agreement that PS3 is better? Anyone who still plays online (regardless of what company), especially with chat (which singlehandedly killed online play), isn't really a good judge of these type of things.
  • KaiokenKid - January 7, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    yeah, but you can make as many PSN accounts as you want, and many people like myself do that so we can have accounts in different regions so we can get demos taht only hit one region or whatever.
  • FinderKeeper - January 7, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    ... and thus Games Radar throws more fresh meat into the console war troll-orific fanboy feeding frenzy... :-/
  • SAUGAPRIME - January 7, 2011 6:34 a.m.

    For PC gamers saying it's free, i would love to punch in the face. Wake up dum ass MMO's charge 14.99 a month and do you know how much it cost's for a good video card for your expensive computer, idiot!

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