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PS4 gamers have streamed 20 million minutes of live gameplay

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Wed Dec 11 2013, 11:03
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JAPANESE ENTERTAINMENT FIRM Sony has revealed how much time players are already spending in front of Playstation 4 (PS4) games console.

According to Sony over two million consoles have been sold and some 20 million minutes of streamed gameplay have been shared since launch. The firm said sharing is a big part of the PS4.

"Playstation 4 is specifically designed so people can share their gaming experiences and interest in streaming live gameplay has surpassed our wildest expectations," said Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida.

"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."

The firm said the average broadcast lasts for about half an hour, and Sony streams are taking up 10 percent of Twitch service traffic. Sony reckoned that its Share Menu has been accessed around 11 million times.

Meanwhile the firm has been working out kinks in its PS4 online gaming system. Sony said that it has fixed the latest issues now, having started talking about them a couple of days ago.

Chris Owen, the English community manager for Playstation Europe tweeted yesterday that the problems have been dealt with. "[T]he PS+ issue should be fixed," he said. "However as I look after Europe, there may be an issue in the states that I'm unaware of."

Earlier Owen admitted there were problems, saying that engineers were on it. "Anyone on #PS4 getting the message 'You need PS Plus to play online' There is no problem with your subscription. we are investigating [at the moment]," he had said.

Messages about the downtime and other problems come from other game outfits, and the Killzone Twitter account was quick to say that it was low on information about what was happening.

"Unfortunately, no news yet regarding the ongoing PSN outage," it said on Monday. "Sony engineers are currently working on a solution. We'll keep you posted...."

Sony had an extended period of downtime and 'network maintenance' that day, and has since started rolling out a system update. µ 


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