Sony recently got into the festive spirit by creating videos for players that show off their stats and achievements for the year. Because, you know, I really needed to know that 127 hours of Metal Gear Solid 5 were played in my household this year.
The videos, which are similar to Facebook’s classic end of year vids, are known as ‘My PS4 Life’ and they were a trending topic on Twitter as everyone ran to generate their own.
Unfortunately, it seems Sony may have accidentally given away more than it meant to this Christmas, as the My PS4 Life videos have been used to calculate just how many people have played each and every PlayStation 4 title in existence.
Over on Reddit, Gamstat has crunched the numbers, saying: “in every video [Sony] disclose the exact number of players who received some trophy.
“Combined with the % of people who obtained the trophy (this data is available for every game on the PlayStation website), we can estimate the total number of players in this game.”
Using the example of the recently-released Fallout 76, Gamestat explains the method:
“33,764 players earned the ‘Photo Bomber’ trophy in Fallout 76. And on playstation.com it’s revealed that 8,3% of all players got this trophy. Simple math: the total number of people who have played Fallout 76 on PS4 = 33,764 * 100% / 8,3% = 406,795.
“The same trick can be done with every PlayStation 4 game – you just need a video where it’s someone’s rarest trophy. But better not too rare – 0.1% share doesn’t provide a good estimate.”
Check out the Gamestat website to see just how many people have played the likes of The Last Of Us Remastered (spoiler alert: it’s a lot. Around 16 million for TLOU Remastered).
Bear in mind, the numbers aren’t exact as those without an internet connection haven’t been included in the count. Still, it’s going to be fairly accurate.
Sony has yet to comment on its accidental reveal.