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Study: PS3 has highest percentage of connected users

78% of US users connected to internet; Wii has highest number online

Research from The Diffusion Group in the US has shown that PlayStation 3 users are most likely to use their console online.

A study of 2000 broadband users showed that 78 per cent of PlayStation 3 owners had their console connected to the internet, compared to 73 per cent of Xbox 360 users and 54 per cent of Wii users.

According to Diffusion Group director Michael Greeson, games console are "best positioned to become the first mainstream over-the-top (OTT) video delivery platform," reports Gamasutra.

Nintendo announced the US launch of Netflix on the Wii this week, meaning that all three of the consoles now offer the video streaming service.

And Greeson estimated that a quarter of Wii owners in the US are already subscribers to Netflix's DVD rental by post service.

Earlier this year, analyst Michael Pachter predicted that Netflix on the Wii would make minimal impact, estimating that fewer than 20 per cent of Wiis were connected to the internet.

His estimate was much lower than the survey's findings of 54 per cent - although it's worth noting the survey only quizzed broadband users.

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Kath Brice