PlayStation 4’s social capabilities have been widely well received since the console launched just a couple of weeks ago, and today Sony have revealed some astonishing numbers regarding the inbuilt Twitch and Ustream functionality.
PS4′s Share Menu has been accessed 10.9 million times since launch, which Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, says “has surpassed [our] wildest expectations”.
Across the services there have been nearly 800,000 gameplay broadcasts and more than 7.1 million spectate sessions, with Ustream reporting an average stream length of 31 minutes per broadcaster – that’s more than 20 million minutes (or 38 hours) of live gameplay streamed from PS4 systems in less than a month.
Impressively, in the period since their November launch, ten percent of all content on Twitch has come from PlayStation 4 users. “We’re very excited to see gamers embrace live streaming from their PS4 system and we look forward to seeing how PlayStation gamers advance social gaming in the coming years,” said Yoshida.
Personally, I hadn’t ever used, or even visited, Twitch & Ustream prior to the PlayStation 4, and now it’s one of my favourite console features – let’s hope this momentum continues, and these numbers aren’t just a post-launch spike.