Sony Europe director Peter Edward says PS3's virtual world grew by 500,000 users since E3; 80% of residents are male aged 18 to 35.
On Tuesday, Sony Computer Entertainment said that the PlayStation Network user base had broached the 25-million-member mark, having gained a solid 1 million users since the Electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this month. As part of the GameHorizon conference in Newcastle, UK, today, Peter Edward, Sony Europe's director of PlayStation Home confirmed, that the PlayStation 3's online social hub has seen a growth spurt of its own in the weeks since E3.
As reported by Gamasutra, Edward said that Home's user base stands at 7 million worldwide, with 3 million located in Europe specifically. That figure represents a 500,000 user increase since Sony's E3 2009 press conference earlier this month, when the publisher said the online portal had 6.5 million users.
Edward reportedly went on to note that the 7 million Home residents had downloaded some 6 million items, with the average user spending 56 minutes exploring the virtual world. He also said that 80 percent of Home's population consists of males aged 18 to 35.
After talking up the advertising potential of such promotional tools as Red Bull's free Air Race game, Edward reportedly went on to note that Home isn't merely a new way to generate money.
"For Sony, revenue isn't the main driver for Home," he reportedly said. "We're in this for the long term. Home is the starting point for PlayStation 3 online, and that's something that gamers are going to expect as more games support Game Launch from within Home."
Available to PS3 owners since December, the avatar-based virtual world/game matchmaking service remains in an open beta-testing phase.
''He also said that 80 percent of Home's population consists of males aged 18 to 35.'' wow, that's SAD , and half of the other 20 percent of females is acually males , LOL
"As reported by Gamasutra, Edward said that Home's user base stands at 7 million worldwide, with 3 million located in Europe specifically." I don't know where the rest of the 4 mil is located but I am betting that US will consisted of a relatively small portion of it. This article appears to be saying that even though PS3 is not doing too well in the US, but it is doing well elsewhere, especially in the UK. Maybe now they are shifting their focus away from the US and towards other continents? So, does that mean we will not see a price drop in PS3 in the near future?
@alphacommando hey genius, where did it say 20% females, my money is that most of that 20% is males outside the 18-35 bracket, but nice try tho...
I own a PS3 and have tried home. I am dissatisfied with the creation of an abstract world in which the contents are to be obtained via concrete currency. Why pay $1 for a virtual chair? Pay $1 for a hamburger in REAL life instead. That seems more satisfying to me.
vision2020: You obviously don't have a PS3, and how obviously haven't been on HOME. I see plenty of girls there. You can tell if its a guy if you actually talk to them.
Wow... I was just thinking, thats exactly what i want to do when I buy a Ps3 not play games on it and walk around in the pointless world of home.
@stormwalkerx You're right there buddy. I have one each for UK, USA and Japan. It is for the different content on the PS Store. UK is crap (but I live there so haven't got much choice), USA has loads of good stuff and Japan has some wacky great stuff (just understanding what it is is the pain). My bro and his mates have the same as me so there must be a good few people with more than one account.
@RAGINGxPONY: Home is only useless if your alone in it. Get some friends together on Home and it's a blast. BTW a side note to people saying there are more chicks on XBL I doubt that because I've seen allot of guys with mics acting like pervs around girls on Halo 3. Just saying. :P
To Gamespot editors: Home isn't really in the beta stage anymore. They said they're going to keep the beta name.
Don't care if it's a sausage fest because i think it's kinda sad if people are trying to pick up girls via Xbox live or Home. Just sayin haha.
come on seriously whats the point of having playstation home with all dudes, makes no sense, you can go on xbox live play uno and watch some hot girls flash tje camera LOL
sain_skywalker sorry I'm engaged lol. Come on I have plenty of beautiful female friends who play on xbox live don't get it twisted. I'm a tech nerd just dont look like one lol.
There's only one thing I'd love to see them add in Home. I want to be able to use the PS3's camera to generate the face for my avatar in Home. I can't for the life of me get my avatar to look right. It's embarrassing too, since everyone that knows me makes fun of how much my avatar DOESN'T look like me.... lol.
The user base could increase much more should they make Home available in all countries of Europe or at least all 25 countries of the EU...
I think Home is interesting. Though the people don't seem to be of polite households, it still has a lot more than other consoles.
Home is pretty useless right but i think it has alot of potential. Hopefully one day that will be the dashboard and you can do everything from home. Than it might not be so useless.
I have gone on twice since the open beta began. It is a pointless waste of money and time. Sony should drop Home and focus on more important PS3 features.
I have a theory. I usually choose a female avatar, and I think it's actually a reflex. This is what goes through my brain: "Boobs!" After years of surfing the internet clicking pictures involving boobs (except for ads) has become pretty much an instinct, so I click that avatar. At this point I a) continue with that avatar because boobs are still on screen and b) I'm too lazy to go back. Besides, some of us know that it's going to be 99% males, and this is as close to a break as we're gonna get. Just my theory, and yeah it's extremely shallow and makes me a pig, but hey, I'm a guy. EDIT: Also, I'm not enough into roleplaying to think that the avatar represents me in any way, and I think this is where people slip up.
So why is there more women avatar than men... urrgg I'm gonna have to clean myself for two weeks. :S
After reading most of these comments, it really seems like the 7 million is about 90% people just trying it out. so not even 1 million people play it full time. JUST FROM WHAT I'VE READ
i played it twice, i think. Hated it with a passion -- there was nothing to do without spending sheadloads of money on useless items.
This is bull crap! Im sure that 6 out of those 7 million people just played it 20 min. and than stopped
the thing the sucks about home is that your account's country HAS to be supported by Play station store i would really like to see some more flexibility in that area. i'd love to be able to download the free demo's and content without having to create multiple accounts for different countries. the purchasing part i understand, but whats wrong with providing the free content for everyone? Home included
wait if 80 percent of Home's population consists of males aged 18 to 35 then what about the male population 5-17?
Cochrasc 'I'm assuming they are counting me as one of the 7 million, while I logged in once about 3 months ago for about 20 minutes and haven't been back since. I'd like to see numbers for average concurrent users.' Exactly. Its terrible, a waste of time. £2 for a fake chair...no thank you.
I'm assuming they are counting me as one of the 7 million, while I logged in once about 3 months ago for about 20 minutes and haven't been back since. I'd like to see numbers for average concurrent users.
Home is full of female avatars running around and male avatars chasing them everywhere they go. The female avatars would be worth chasing around if most of them were not actually controlled by men.
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