*Membership spots not really limited!
In today's Sony Computer Entertainment strategy meeting, Kaz Hirai also announced thrilling info about the PLAYSTATION Network. Factoids include:
Cumulative Number of Registrants:
Over 9.8 million accounts worldwide
Distributed Data Volume:
Approx. 86 peta bytes
(equivalent to 17 million single layer DVDs)
Total downloads: 170 million
Also.. looks like Sony is getting ready to compete head to head with Microsoft on the online front, introducing some very XBL-like stuff to PSN:
Those leaked shots of the PS3's upcoming trophy system? Probably just be the start of a wholesale push by Sony to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft in the online space. A "senior PS3 development source" has told VG247 that "there is Live-like stuff coming to PS3, yes. It’s going into titles in the works now". Sounds like more than just trophies to me, and if anything, lends a little more credibility to those rumoured 2.40 features from last night, which looked like they were taking "Live-like stuff" like organising and communicating with your friends a lot more seriously than they have up to now on the PSN.
With Trophy support coming to PlayStation 3 games like PixelJunk Eden any day now, we wouldn't be surprised to see them leak prior to official release. And they may have, if alleged spy shots of Trophies in action via PS3 Fanboy are the real deal.
While the off-screen snaps are suspect, if bona fide they could point to an interesting feature set that adds tiers to Sony's take on Achievements as well as a leveling system. The system may be analogous to Gamescore, as far as points whoring is concerned, but could add an extra layer of showing off one's e-accomplishments.
Good news all around, IMO.