PlayStation Home’s two-year evolution

December 10, 2010 / 11:32 AM EDT / (@salromano)

PlayStation Home’s evolved a great deal since its launch in 2008. It’s went from a (personal) bore-fest to a flourishing community of PlayStation Network users interacting across a variety of areas and through a number of social games and events. With tomorrow being Home’s second birthday, Sony’s lifted the lid on the stats and some upcoming content for the social platform.

Let’s talk stats, first. In 2008, Home had a global user base of 0.2 million.; in 2010, Home has a user base of 17 million. In 2008, there were only 9 games for Home users to try their hands at; in 2010, there are 236 games. In 2008, there were a mere 114 virtual items for Home subscribers to purchase; in 2010, over 7,000. Finally, in 2008, Home saw a disappointing 25 events.; in 2010, it saw over 600 events.

The image below nicely illustrates the boost.

A lot is on the way for 2011. A post on the PlayStation.Blog teases a few big names, including the now available Novus Prime and Midway 2, as well as the upcoming mystery action/puzzle game Conspiracy and Sodium 2.

If you haven’t launched Home in a while, I do suggest you try it out. It’s changed drastically over the past couple of years.

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  • incredibilistic

    I was just logged in the other day and while there were a few things going of interest I still don’t see myself using it on a consistent basis.

    Unless you have dozens of friends and have the keyboard attachment it can be pretty hard to socialize in Home. It’s also missing that killer app/service/reason to log on.

    I’m glad they improved load times and having to download a space before you go there has gotten a lot better (then again I’m on fiber so maybe I’m noticing faster access because I increased my speed by 120%).

    Regardless of whether I go in there I’m glad Sony is doing well with Home. I still say they should’ve scraped the whole thing and found a way to tie in LBP but I guess they’re doing okay for themselves.

  • Rydak

    Nice, big increase there. Not going to lie, though, I had forgotten all about Home; I turn my ps3 on and usually go straight to a game/movie. I haven’t been on it since it came out, so I guess I’ll have to check it out sometime and do a mental comparison from what I can try to remember from 2 years ago.