Player Calculates PS4 Games Player Base Through Trophy Data And Sony Emails
Ever wondered how many people bought the game you're currently playing? What about how well, or how poor, a certain title performed? Reddit may have the answer.
As VG247 reported, a user calculated approximate PS4 games sales by combining PlayStation Trophy data and promotional Sony emails, which detail the exact number of players who earned certain Trophies.
I'll get to the math in a minute, but first it's worth looking at Gamstat's findings. Although they're not bang on - it only shows the number of players, not copies sold (game or account sharing/used copies/multiple accounts on a single console would show lower sales) - it may be the closest total player figures we'll ever see.
Gamstat recorded these figures, firstly, with Trophies. A certain game's Trophies are publicly accessible, and every list shows the percentage of players who achieved each Trophy.
But when you put that alongside Sony's recent My PS4 Life email data, which utilises graphs of personal stats compared to the rest of a game's player base - in particular, figures showing how many players obtained a certain Trophy - you can solve the number of actual players said game has, or how many played the game at least once.
Here's an example from Gamstat:
"Say, 1,142,392 players earned the "Cradle" trophy in No Man's Sky. And on playstation.com they also reveal that 28,9% of all players got this trophy. Simple math: the total number of people who have played No Man's Sky on PS4 = 1,142,392 * 100% / 28,9% = 3,952,913.
"The same trick can be done with every PlayStation 4 game - you just need to find a video where it's someone's rarest trophy. But better not too rare - 0.1% share doesn't give a good estimate.
"Note: the number of players who have earned the trophy is not updated online, Sony probably took it somewhere between 20 November and 4 December. So it won't say much about recently released games.
"P.S. About 3.5 months ago the number of players in God of War was calculated in exactly the same way when developers revealed the number of players who got the Platinum trophy. Sony must have overlooked that."
Also, all figures seem to represent how well each title was received, both through reviews and player reaction, so there is method to the madness. If a game achieved good reviews, or a certain amount of hype, numbers are as positive as you'd expect.
For example, Grand Theft Auto V is one of the world's most played games. We all know that. And it racked up the highest player base - 51.7 million. FIFA 18 followed in second, with 32.5 million, and it progressively declined with FIFA 17 and FIFA 16, with 30 million and 28.3 million, respectively. This fall, or increase over the years, if you will, represents new players jumping into the football game year on year, coinciding with new players buying consoles each year.
And November's review bombed Fallout 76 has just 407,000 players, in comparison to the glorious Red Dead Redemption 2, which already boasts 6.1 million on PS4.
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