PlayStation Home: Rising Success By The Numbers
We just recently ran a story concerning the apparent lack of PlayStation Home attention, and in response, we've received a slew of new statistics concerning the innovative new service and the PSN.
First of all, it's important to note that the previous article was in no way questioning the appeal or longevity of Home, as we're certain it will be a success (in many ways, it already is). It was merely an observation; it just seems as if the media has lost interest after the constant headlines late last year. Well, the stats really do prove that this new initiative is on the right track and growing quickly: thanks to Home, there were 2.1 million new PSN accounts created in the month of December, which is a monthly increase of 90%. In regards to Home downloads (all that cool stuff you can buy for your avatar and apartment), they're approaching the million mark; it's over 900,000 already. Downloads across the PSN and Home are up 20% in the past three months and overall, "the growing network of more than 17 million worldwide members offers a tremendous selection of content to choose from having already downloaded more than 330 million pieces of content in a little more than a two-year period." Home is most certainly a driving force behind the last few successful months, so we won't deny that.
And here's the final, and perhaps the most important stat: there are approximately 3.4 million PlayStation Home users, and Sony is reporting a 25% increase in the past two weeks (statistic as of mid-January). So, while Home may not be grabbing all the headlines these days - those are reserved for Killzone 2 - it's still doing quite well. Kudos on the numbers, we say.
2/2/2009 Ben Dutka