Steam's top-selling games make 15 times more than their PlayStation 4 equivalents - tinyBuild | PCGamesN

Steam's top-selling games make 15 times more than their PlayStation 4 equivalents - tinyBuild

3 million copies of DayZ sold

GDC yesterday hosted a talk from tinyBuild Games, a company in the paradoxical business of publishing indie games. And goodness me if they didn’t pop some interesting numbers up on their slides. Did you know, for instance, that the most successful Steam games sell 15 times as many copies as those on PlayStation? Well, now you do.

tinyBuild’s Mike Rose told his audience that PC developers fought “more noise” to be heard on Steam. 1,850 of the platform’s 4,500 games were released just last year, and an estimated 2,500 will follow in 2015 - or seven per day. But the developers that do fight are rewarded with uniformly higher sales.

At the very high-end, critically-acclaimed games on Steam can stand to sell as many three million copies, particularly if they belong to a popular genre (open-world survival, take a bow). Even the most exposed PS4 games, meanwhile, can only expect 200,000 sales at the upper limit.

Low-end, poorly rated games tend to shift at similar rates on PC and PS4, according to tinyBuild’s figures - peaking at around 10,000 sales. But mid-tier, well-received games sell up to 100,000 copies on Steam, more than three times as much as the luckiest mid-tier PS4 games - and five times as much as the equivalent games on Xbox One.

Valve reported over 125 million active Steam accounts last week. When did you join up?

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Shriven Avatar
3 Years ago

I dont usually do hashtags but, Consoles,


Oh i joined 11 years ago...11 years ago I walked into Electronic Boutique and bought Counter Strike on its own... jees.

Dog Pants Avatar
3 Years ago

I'm assuming this is at least due to the relatively recent introduction of indie arcades to consoles, and the general preference of console gamers towards convenience translating to a propensity for buying AAA titles. Compare that to PC gamers being more diverse in their tastes as a group, and Steam advertising indie alongside big-budget titles and It's not that surprising. Merely being online sets a particular technical bar for Steam's users - I wonder how many console gamers buy all of their games as hard copies.

Fattox Avatar
3 Years ago

10 years last month. I could've sworn it was earlier, but apparently not since it was to install Half Life 2, which came out .

PS - Console owners told me that PC gamers get all their games from torrenting. So clearly there's a mistake in TinyBuild's numbers... right? ;)

SamRothstein Avatar
3 Years ago

I wuv Steam.

First hits on us.