If you’re itching for a PlayStation 3 to grace your living room, this is the argument you use with your parents/spouse/significant other: Sony’s game console is responsible for the most TV-based Netflix streaming than any other device.
Forget Google TV, TiVo or Roku — they have nothing on the PS3. At times, it even beat out the trusty old PC, giving it the distinction of being Netflix’s number one platform over all.
Why is it so popular? Maybe it has to do with its seemingly preferred status over at Netflix. CEO Reed Hastings explains, “PS3 is a natural fit for Netflix in terms of developing and first deploying our most advanced features. We can transparently update our application with new features on a daily basis, and through the free PlayStation Network, people around the world can sign up for Netflix directly from their PS3.”
Interestingly enough, the PS3 wasn’t the first console to boast Netflix streaming. Those honors go to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, but Sony’s stripe on the old swag jacket is that it was first to offer Netflix in 1080p with 5.1 surround sound and alternate audio options. (Plus, it helps that it doesn’t require a Xbox LIVE subscription just to access the service.) And, as if to increase the streaming lurv, the company just launched Netflix streaming on the PlayStation Vita.
According to Sony, PlayStation 3 sales have breached the 70-million-unit mark, putting it on par with the Xbox 360.
So feel free to pilfer this argument to make your case for getting a PS3 at home: Huge adoption rate, advanced features and no other subscriptions required could make for one supremely happy home.
What do you use the most for streaming in your house? Do you use a PS3 or Xbox 360, another type of TV settop box, or a PC? Or do you keep it solo with a mobile device? Tell us in the comments.