So, How Many People Have Used PlayStation Home? [UPDATE]

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Sony's Home has weathered its fair share of insults since launch. But putting arguments over the service's usefulness aside for a moment, lets today look at some numbers.


Speaking with GameDaily, Sony's Peter Dille has revealed a few user statistics for the service. Did you know, for example, that the average user spends 55 minutes in Home per session? Or that, since launch late last year, there have been four million "users" (which, in any online service where they don't specify "active users" usually means the total number of registered accounts) in Home? You most certainly do now.

So what do those numbers mean for Sony? Bad news first: they either mean there are a lot of PS3 owners who don't connect to the internet, or there are a lot of PS3 owners who simply don't care about Home. Probably a good mix of both, because for a free service pitched as such an important part of the PlayStation Network, four million is a pretty low figure.

And the good news? Well, for those amongst the 4 million who still regularly use the service, an average of 55 minutes per session is surprisingly high. That's a lot of time spent seeing Sony ads and, hopefully, building a Home "community", even if it's not breaking down how much of that time is spent loading spaces, playing games or simply wandering around and chatting/grinding.

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UPDATE - Joey over at Virtual World news was kind of enough to let us know that Peter Dille's numbers are old. According to Jack Buser, SCEA's Director of PlayStation Home (who, really, should know), there are five million users, not four. A healthier figure! He also discloses that of that five, 2.2 million are from the US & Canada, suggesting the service is doing a little better in Europe and Japan than it is in North America.

He also confirms that five million is the number of people who have registered an account in Home, not the number of active users, a figure Sony is yet to disclose.



I'm smack-dab in the center of that 55 minute per session users. Probably much more than an hour on some days.

People can continue to hate on the service, but for those who enjoy social networking with other PS3 users, casual game playing (bowling, pool, chess etc.) and just having fun chatting with strangers the service delivers in spades.

There have been a few mis-steps with a few spaces released (and continuing to exist) with NO AUDIO (the Cafe and the RE5 space) but other than that there are ALWAYS people online to hang out with and play games with ... and as much as some people might hate it, it's very hard to argue that anything that's FREE is a bad thing.

Even if you JUST consider it to be a free online multiplayer bowling/pool game I think it's an attractive prospect.

If they continue to grow the service over the course of the next few years it will eventually become more attractive by way of more "stuff" to do in it.