Steam reached more than 8.5 million concurrent users at the beginning of 2015, beating the previous record — set in June of 2014 — by more than 500,000 users. Dota 2 is the game of choice for a large majority of those users, with a report indicating that some 879,132 players logged on to play the game at its peak.
Counter-Strike Global Offensive was the second most popular game, trailing Dota 2 by 500,000 players. Steam also revealed that a record 100 million accounts were signed in as far back as September 2014, a figure that we imagine has risen by a few million.
The company added 1,300 games from the start of 2014 through to September, a significant increase from the 304 titles it released the year prior. The sheer quantity of games raises concerns about their quality, with users having to wade through a whole lot of crap before finding a title actually worth playing.
Steam’s Early Access option, which allows indie developers to release games still under development, doesn’t help matters, nor does Steam Greenlight — a system that lets users vote on submitted projects, with those receiving enough votes getting ‘Greenlit’ to be added to the Store.
To help users sort through the crap, Steam is set to release a curation tool that allows popular users, such as big-name YouTubers and Gaming Industry critics, to curate a list of recommended titles. We will have to wait and see how successful it will be.
What game(s) do you often play on Steam? Leave your answer in the comments below.
EA Says Old Console Cycles Were “Painful;” New One Better
At the Nasdaq 35th Investor Program Conference, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen praised the mid-generation console refresh being carried out by Sony and Microsoft and condemned the old console cycles as “painful”.
The executive pointed out that in previous console cycles investors always tried to identify the peak earning period, seeing as moving from a generation to generation involved huge expenses to upgrade.
The fact that consoles were also highly customized didn’t help matters — each iteration of the Xbox and PlayStation were very different mainly as a result of being built on customized chipsets that were difficult to program for in the early years of their release.
And then there was the issue of compatibility between between cycles, which forced gamers to stop buying games for the older consoles…
According to Jorgensen, EA cut down the number of game engines from 25 to only two in a effort to control the high costs of developing for drastically different platforms, but games were still not compatible across generations.
The situation is of course different today, with both Microsoft and Sony releasing micro-upgrades more often, allowing for more compatibility of games with previous generations.
That’s to say the market now looks a lot more like a traditional PC market than the specialized console market of yore, which Jorgensen believes is “great for the industry, great for their [Sony and Microsoft’s] production, great for software costs, and great for the consumers.”
Consoles will still continue to get more powerful, making older software less appetizing, but “the whole notion that investors had of the cycle is gone away.”
What do you think about the new direction Microsoft and Sony are taking with this console generation? Was it long overdue? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
PSVR Will Sell 750K Units in 2017, Fewer Than Expected
One analyst that expected Sony to sell a around 2.6 million units of the PlayStation VR in 2016 now estimates that the company won’t even sell half of that.
Revised 2016 sales forecast for the PSVR by SuperData Research, a market research and analytics firm, reveals that Sony’s virtual reality headset will shift fewer than 750,000 units by the end of the year, a far cry from earlier estimates.
SuperData conceded to its overestimated of the PlayStation VR’s performance at retail, adjusting its forecast accordingly. Its report stated that “notably fewer [PSVR] units sold than expected due to a relatively fragmented title line-up and modest marketing effort.”
The company, however, remains confident that the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will sell 420,108 and 355,088 units, respectively.
You can purchase SuperData’s full report and other industry insights on its website.
Did you or will you buy a PlayStation VR? Has it lived up to the hype? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Is The PlayStation 4 Good For Casino Games?
When people think about the PlayStation 4, the first thing that usually comes to mind are big-name games like Uncharted and God of War. However, what few people know is that the console is also a gateway to many great and addictive gambling games.
While some games like The Four Kings Casino and Slots are apps, the fact that you can use your PS4 as an interface for the world wide web means you can also enjoy a plethora of browser-based titles without needing a PC, many of which can be found at betway casino.
Granted, the selection of such games will be smaller on the PS4 (or on any video game console, for that matter) than on a PC, especially when it comes to poker, but you will nevertheless have a lot to choose from.
Now, why would anyone want to gamble on the PS4 rather than on desktop or laptop, you might wonder? Well, the PS4 makes bragging to your friends about your exploits easier, thanks to the accessibility of social share buttons. When you play a great hand of poker or win a jackpot in slots, for instance, you can share images and/or video of the act a lot more easier than you can on a computer of any other type.
So, you now know that the PS4 can be used to play many different casino games, but does that mean you should? Social sharing aside, is gambling using the PS4 any fun? The short answer? Yes!
You will be surprised at how well gambling works on the platform, but it does take some getting used to. Video slots, for example, are as easy to play on a PS4 as they are on a desktop or laptop machine, while games like Blackjack and poker, where a single misclick can cost you big, don’t work quite as well but are still perfectly playable.
Have you played any casino games on the PlayStation 4? Would you recommend any?
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