PlayStation Home seeing record traffic

Thursday, 9 June 2011 06:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation’s perpetually derided virtual world social network, Home, has suddenly rocketed to record activity levels.

“We’re having record traffic in Home. The week we restored the service, we hit a new record in terms of weekly unique users,” Jack Buser, Home’s director, told Gamasutra.

Home is reportedly the only service on the PlayStation Network to actually see a jump in traffic since the PSN outage which began in April.

“We were watching the numbers and we were just so excited. We were just dancing in the streets,” Buser said.

“The numbers are through the roof. I think it speaks to the loyalty of our user base, and to the power of these kinds of platforms.”

Some explanation may be had in the presence of a virtual E3 2011 booth, which debuted in Home recently, as well as 100 free avatar customisation options awarded to users as part of Sony’s Welcome Back package.

During its E3 press conference, Sony confirmed PSN usage had returned to 90 percent of pre-outage levels.