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The study didnt go into explanations, but the most obvious reason is cost. Both X-box and PS2 charge users for monthly online gaming services, while many PC gaming hubs are free with the purchase of a game. If youre already paying for high-speed Internet, this is a cheaper way to go.
PCs also offer a lot more online games than the consoles, which means there is more variety. You can also download many of those games online, which means you dont have to make a trip to the store to purchase the latest titles. The larger number of PC users also means that there are more people out there to play against.
The technology has also improved, allowing PC games to catch up to the consoles in terms of 3D graphics and playability. Even the remote controls are similar.