Not too long ago Sony sent out a press release claiming that as of February 20th, 2009 there were over 20 million registered PSN accounts.
UK Xbox boss Stephen McGill says there are questions over what "Sony's numbers really mean" and suggests they're stretching the truth. He certainly doesn't believe they're active numbers.
It would appear a fresh new PR war is brewing between the mega corporate houses again. "When we talk about our numbers we feel they're active users who are actively engaged in all the forms of entertainment we offer on Xbox 360," said McGill, in an interview with .
"I think if you look at the comments made on the forums, or the comments made by analysts at Screen Digest then there's questions over, well what does Sony's numbers really mean? Are they duplicates? I think there's a lot of questions there."
"All I'm really worried about is, I know I'm the largest online video on demand service in the UK, we are worldwide, we've got a great online service the others can't come close to. They're not right now."
"When you think of our heritage as a company Microsoft has proven we are probably the only company in the world that can offer great online experiences for millions and millions and millions of people. And that's what we do every day with Xbox LIVE."
McGill doubts that Sony's announcement of over 20 million PSN users reflects the true performance of the rival network. "Sony do what Sony want to do and if they think that's right for their business to say those kind of numbers then they can do and will do whatever they want to do. Do I believe them? No." Do you believe Sony is misleading with PSN numbers?
Xbox UK's McGill says Sony telling big fibs, PSN numbers rather iffy
10 March 2009 | By Simon Priest