Sadly, if you play online a lot, you will run into the most insulting (and therefore embarrassing) idiots that ever walked the face of the planet. There is some argument as to whether the PSN or Live users are more childish, but PSN director of operations Eric Lempel gives us a clue.

Putting aside Destructoid's typical hostility that always borders on Microsoft fanboyism (although that particular article might not "border" on anything and may be a flat-out admission), we find that Lempel says the average PSN user is a male adult with a good job to boot:

"Right now, it's primarily male. The average age is 28 years old, in usually the middle- to higher-income range. They over-index against those with graduate degrees. But it's expanding.

What we're finding ever since we've introduced services like the video download service, we're getting more of the household on the PlayStation Network. Some of the top rentals and sales on the video side have been content that probably doesn't appeal exactly to that 28-year-old male. It's more those movies that are geared toward women."

This does make plenty of sense, if one wishes to examine the situation logically. For most of the past three years, the PS3 was by far the most expensive console on the market, and only the hardcore and/or those with a little extra money to burn would purchase it. That, and those with deeper pockets tend to buy the latest and greatest – Blu-Ray included – the instant it becomes available. Therefore, to find the average user is 28 and somewhat well-educated with money in the bank isn't a huge shock. But Lempel is right; the more casual content that is available on the PSN, combined with the new competitive price tag, the more we'll see different stats with varying demographics.

We don't know how this compares to Live, but let's just say that in my experience with both services, the number of high-pitched, low-IQ voices that flood into my headset on Live is much higher than those on the PSN. Just ignore the rest of Destructoid's usual slop.

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Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

I don't know which site, Kotaku or Destructoid, toadies to M$ft more.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

It's close. But at least Kotaku isn't entirely run by fu**tards (I stole that word from Arnold for this).


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 9/2/2009 10:34:26 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@Ben

That is a good word isn't it…I learned it from playing Halo a few years back, if I remember it was from a Halo playing Xboxer…

😉

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Fu**tards and a**hats are two of my favorite words. They apply to people so well, you know? I'm tired of running into the kids (via PSN) who use "snap" way too much and then there are those mom's that will come on the mic and ask some users to refrain from their language because she is trying to teach her son how to behave and go to church. Um, excuse me? Why is your young son (with very high voice) playing on a game rated much higher than his age if you're trying to be the moral teacher? Sorry, here I go with the rants.


Last edited by fluffer nutter on 9/2/2009 10:56:14 AM

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

I have a feeling that the AVGN invented the word f**ktard, well no matter its always different

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

@ fluffer nutter

Imagine a Helghast scolding an ISA soldier during Bodycount .


Last edited by Sir Shak on 9/2/2009 11:24:57 AM

nickert0n
nickert0n
11 years ago

There both XBOT Trash writing, did you see the opening statment of PSN Fanboy's? "PS3 fanboys generally come across as emotionally retarded 14-year-olds with severe learning disabilities and a crippling dependency on the validity of a hunk of plastic as a means of proving their own worth. Amazingly, however, the users more commonly associated with the PlayStation 3 are educated adults with decent jobs. Quite, quite amazing."

I feel like Kyle when Cartman does something retarded when I read that. "God Dammnit".

All in all I cant stand Kotaku the most though, Michael McWhertor the most, that guy is a pretentious asshole.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
11 years ago

Kotaku and Destructoid both blows.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Agreed. I can't stand either of those sites. This is by far one of the best sites on the interwebs.

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

I would always visit PSU but the news has just gotten poorer and I've started visiting PSXextreme even more that I would normally would.
Still PSXextreme is just getting better and better!!!

mackid1993
mackid1993
11 years ago

i use psxextreme and joystiq.

nickert0n
nickert0n
11 years ago

Yeah i have been coming here allot more, ever since TheSixthAxis.com started to shove its head up its own a**hole with it's god complex staff members, oh and going multiplatform was a great move for a PlayStation site for them aswell /sarcasim

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

average age seems about right. all my ps3 friends are all between 21-24 and we're all recent college grads. I don't know what they mean by 'decent' income but usually if a good exclusive is on the way (as they have been in 09: Killzone 2, Infamous) we'll drop the $60 on day/week 1. Same for PSN releases: Flower, FFVII, Fat Princess…

bOnEs
bOnEs
11 years ago

i fit the bill except for one important piece of information: i don't have a lot of money… when you own your own place, you have no money lol…

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

So true.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
11 years ago

That's so true. lol

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

A/S/L!

27/Male/Illinois!!!!

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

23/Male/Illinois *high five*

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

28/male/colorado highfi…..er nevermind. Ha!

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

England lol

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
11 years ago

17/male/Alberta lol I feel I ruined the moment…

stgclawson
stgclawson
11 years ago

39 year old female. Been gaming since Atari and will never stop! RPGs are the best!

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Fanboyism has always been around but It's seems to have gotten much worse with introduction of the Internet and the Xbox. I don't ever remember my friends who owned Sega products telling me how much I sucked prefering Nintendo and Sony ad much as Xbots do it now. Ever since Halo and Xbox came about the nerd wars began to wage. Xbots have a lot of pent up nerdrage. Think it comes from living in their mothers basements and not having girlfriends. Jk!

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
11 years ago

You know you weren't kidding! lol

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

I take it you were never on the Internet during the PS1/Saturn/N64 and PS2/Dreamcast/GameCube wars then.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Guess not. I'm talking about face to face fanboyism. My Sega loving friends never tried effortlessly to convince me of Sega's greatness like my Xbot friends do.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

That's because the Sega fanboys became Xbots by default…when the PS2 killed the DC, the Sega fankids had something to hate. Going to the Xbox was a logical progression for these idiots.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Good point Ben. One of my Xbot friends wouldn't shut up about how much of a failure the PS3 was and how much better the Xbox was and in the same breath went on to say what a huge success the Dreamcast was. Errrr yea…at that point talking to him any longer warranted a nice cup of "STFU".

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

You can't talk to those people.

Imagi
Imagi
11 years ago

Atari is better than Commodore

Frenchy17
Frenchy17
11 years ago

I cant stand the guy that wrote that article, I really really want to punch him in his fat face badly!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Join the club.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Yea and the opening to that douchebags article proves he's not all those things he said about PS3 owners.

Imagi
Imagi
11 years ago

This is no surprise to anyone with both a 360 and PS3, Going online with the 360 is like getting onto a bus filled with sugar fed idiotic children that all suffer from tourettes and feel the need to argue with an imaginary friend, while poking you in the back of the head.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
11 years ago

Agreed! every time I play online on the 360 most of the players sound like bratty children! Ive only ran into 2 bratty sounding children on the PS3!.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Ditto. Some people forget they're not on a private chat line and bore everyone with crap about their lives, but not too much a**hattery. The only real trouble I've encountered was one d-bag in SOCOM who kept using the N word. He got kicked in a hurry.

p.s. Yeah for the PS3 browser's new cut and paste feature.

kevyd09
kevyd09
11 years ago

so the playstation is mainly bought by the "mature" aged gamers? well im 31 and i dont feel mature at all!! esecially when in an online game of rainbow 6 vegas 2 or socom and im the last 1 standing and i kill the opposing teams last member and win the match and scream and shout at the losers like a big child!!!

but dam its fun!!! 😀

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

This is where I think Sony has played things well. They spent three years selling to the cream of the crop at the top of the gaming market, and sold 25 million units. Now the price drop brings the PS3 to the more mainstream audience.

It actually looks like the world economy may have bottomed out. Sony has survived the recession with the PS3 priced higher than the competition and yet selling well despite the price. Now they drop their price just as economies are poised to lift. HDTV prices are at an all time low, and hardware costs for BluRay are dropping. The mainstream market looks like it's about to go HD. Sony has put themselves in a good position to take advantage of that trend.

With the PS3 at a mainstream price, HDTV at a mainstream price, and big name games dropping regularly for the next 6-9 months, we ought to see a building momentum with the PS3.

What was it they said in that movie? "If you build it, they will come."

Clearly Microsoft won't take this lying down, but I don't see what their counter is. This generation has always been about the transition to HD. The PS3 is clearly more of an HD device than the 360 with the BluRay capability. Microsoft only has downloads and streaming, and the reality is that broadband Internet isn't ready to stream or download multi-GB HD media.

Sony has built block by block on the solid foundation that PS3 provides. Sony's motion control scheme builds on technologies already in place as well.

I have this mental image of Sony building a tower out of building blocks. Their tower looks like something an Incan stone mason would build. On the other hand Microsoft is building something that looks like a Jenga tower, late in the game after a number of blocks have been removed.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I was shocked that for once a gamestop employee the
other day when I was in there spoke positively about the PS3 being the only true HD gaming console and that if we do see a steady transition into 1080p gaming it would be in the PS3.

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

Well said.

englishgolfer
englishgolfer
11 years ago

microsoft's counter is always to copy the competition.

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

"Right now, it's primarily male. The average age is 28 years old"

PS3 fanboys in N4G is a contrary to that statement.

/facepalmed

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

I am 36 year old Home Designer.


Last edited by maxpontiac on 9/2/2009 11:56:19 AM

Nick Maim
Nick Maim
11 years ago

Aha.

AVERAGE age is 28… that means that there are PS3 owners that are newborns, and some that are 56.

Math shmath. As long as you keep arthritis at bay, game on I say. (Im not that old, just sayin')

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

I've never heard that expression before. Are they wise words from a wise grandpa.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

My dad's 63. Does that mean there's someone who's -7? ; )

Oh, and we both have graduate degrees.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 9/2/2009 7:14:32 PM

mykjessnjr
mykjessnjr
11 years ago

I had one f***nut playing fatass princess who was on his mic and just kept singing- I had to boot his ass from my game- became extremely annoying.

To the annoying singing guy:

If you're reading this right now, I apologize. Not really- you can't sing worth a sh*t so keep your mouth shut and play the game. No need to have others enjoying themselves be exposed and traumatized by your obnoxious wailing as if you're auditioning for American Idol. You sound like a little girl anyways- get some hair on your nuts, son! Thanks.

P.S. You suck at fat princess.

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

Lol. He should have invested in Singstar instead of fat princess.

mackid1993
mackid1993
11 years ago

people on psn are sooo much nicer in my opinion. the part about the education doesn't surprise me.

SkantDragon
SkantDragon
11 years ago

I've been glad to see PS3Fanboy pulled back into Joystiq rather than being its own site. I found that site more annoying than places like Kotaku because they were being more subtle and subversive about their 360 fanboyism versus being out in the open about it.

For a while, I was following PS3Fanboy (before I found this site), and it was just depressing me about the PS3. It made me feel like even the Playstation supporters don't really like the PS3. It took me a good bit of time to figure out that they were actually 360 fans in disguise trying to steer PS3 fans away from the PS3. Every article put a slightly (or not so slightly) negative spin on the PS3, even when the article was covering something positive.

I didn't make the connection once and for all until I found articles about the same identical subjects on their sister site, Xbox360Fanboy, which appeared to be copy and pasted with edits to make them specific to each console. The nature of these articles should have meant that just changing the console name was all that was needed (they had nothing to do with comparisons between the two consoles). But instead the 360 version of each article was altered for totally positive spin. And the PS3 version was altered for totally negative spin.

Now PS3Fanboy just goes to the PS3 section of Joystiq. Their article about the PS3 slim release pretty much glosses over all of the major ramifications of that system, and instead spends its time drawing attention to the lack of an included HDMI cable. As if that were the central element of the whole ballgame.

But at least it's not a site with a name and appearance that would mislead you to believe they were allies of the Playstation brand anymore.