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PSP is the "most connected" online gaming system

It may be in last place in terms of pure sales numbers, but there are more people taking their PSPs online than is the case for any other game system out there. That's what Internet advertising firm Millenial Media has found out, putting the PSP in the company of the iPod Touch and iPad when it comes to having a connected userbase.

Millenial Media focuses on mobile phone data analytics, but in its latest report it culled together information on all Internet-connected devices. Its list of the top four gadgets is as follows:

1) iPod Touch
2) iPad
3) PSP
4) PS3

So, Sony's game consoles were the only ones to make the list. It makes sense because Sony has historically gone after the hardcore gamer more than its competitors, leaving its users to be more tech savvy and more likely to take their system online.

Additionally, both the PS3 and the PSP are advertised as more than just gaming platforms, as both have full Web browsing capabilities and have multimedia applications. In fact, we're pretty sure that's the only reason to even own a PSP anymore. Seriously, game releases on the PSP have dried up more quickly than a puddle in the Sahara desert.

The Wii has the least connectivity options at its disposal so it makes sense to not see that on the list. And perhaps the Xbox 360 scares some people away because to do anything useful with its online service, you have to pay for it. Millenial Media did not release specific numbers on the consoles in its list.

Sony's PlayStation Network, which is a centralized online service for both PS3 and PSP users, currently has more than 40 million active users.

Oct 20, 2010

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