Nielsen says XBox 360 most used console, maybe online experience requiring lots of data center resources is a factor

Our family has an XBox 360 and a Wii, and I would agree with the cnet news article.

Xbox 360 is most-used game console, Nielsen says

by Don Reisinger

Nintendo Wii

The Wii is not the most-used console, but it has attracted female gamers.

(Credit: Nintendo)

As the game console wars rage on, new findings from Nielsen may give Xbox 360 fans a little more fodder for their bragging rights.

According to the market researcher, Microsoft's Xbox 360 is the most-used console when measured by its share of total usage minutes, capturing 23.1 percent of gaming time. It is followed by the PlayStation 2 with 20.4 percent of usage time and the Nintendo Wii with 19 percent. Surprisingly, the PlayStation 3 didn't make the list top-three list.

My kids actually play games on their iPod Touches more than the Wii, and the cost is significantly less for games on the iPod, so I am not complaining. 

One of the comments on the cnet article made me think of data centers.

This comes as no real surprise to me. I'm a PC gamer primarily but I also own a Wii. It sits in the corner and gathers dust. The superior online features of the 360 keep people coming back. Much more than can be said about the Wii's garbage online multiplayer.

I have a friend who works in XBox 360 online operations, and I don’t think the Nintendo or Sony data center operations team come close to the scale of XBox 360.  I don’t recall running into any big news on Nintendo or Sony’s data centers so it is hard to find, and in general data center operations for Nintendo and Sony is probably an overhead as opposed to a revenue stream for XBox 360.