PlayStation 5 is entering the homes of players from all over the world, so much so that in these hours a really interesting fact has emerged and one that will certainly cause discussion.
If there is no shortage of choices between Triple A releases and PlayStation Plus titles (you can buy a PSN card on Amazon), it seems that players have a predilection for a particular genre.
Without taking anything away from great action and adventure titles – such as the recent God of War Ragnarok – it seems in fact that a large number of players are aiming for something else.
According to a recent report also reported by colleagues at Games Radar, shooters account for nearly half of PlayStation users’ overall play time.
Early February this year, the UK Markets and Competition Authority published interim results relating to Microsoft’s bid to acquire Activision Blizzard.
As discovered by ResterEra user Idas and shared on Twitter from Idle Sloth, the report reveals that third- and first-person shooters account for a significant share of the market and account for as much as 40% of PlayStation playtime globally.
When it comes to the popularity of console shooters, the situation seems to be clear: «We note that two of Activision’s main console games, Call of Duty and Overwatch, belong to the shooter genre» , reads the report. “The shooter genre makes up a significant share of the market, especially on consoles.”
And again: «The evidence presented by third parties also indicates that shooters are an important gaming category on consoles. For example, data from [detail omitted] indicates that shooters make up [detail omitted] of PlayStation revenue and 40% of PlayStation playtime globally.”
Given that Call of Duty is one of the most popular shooters on the planet, it’s no surprise that Sony isn’t thrilled with Microsoft’s plans to acquire Activision Blizzard. Sony claims that if the deal goes through, it would have “significant negative implications for players”.
While the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation is somewhat uncertain, Microsoft has signed a ten-year agreement to bring the chapters of the series to the Nintendo Switch if the acquisition of Activision goes through port.