PlayStation 4 passes 600 games (including 300 indies)

Chris Stead 29 January 2016

Playstation 4 over 600 games

Sony’s super successful console passes another impressive milestone, but not without the help of the indies.

In June 2014, Microsoft and Sony locked horns at the annual E3 games conference as they waged a head-to-head battle for consumer wallets before the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The two consoles were set to release within a week of each other that November, and for those not already loyal to one particular machine, game availability was likely to be the deciding factor. Both manufacturers touted big exclusives and devoted large chunks of their presentations to the emerging indie scene, claiming they would be the destination of choice for self-published, experimental game design.

Fast-forward two (and a bit) years, and PlayStation has been the first to reach a major milestone. After a string of releases through the start of the year, we can reveal that the PlayStation 4 has just passed the 600 mark in its available library, and in doing so, has also travelled past 300 available indie games. In the process of updating our popular resource that tracks the install size of every PS4 game, we confirmed the figures today. The numbers vary slightly based on your region, but our data shows 600 games now available for purchase on the PlayStation Store, 348 of which are from indie developers and publishers.

It’s a hugely impressive number, and given the 804 days since the console launched, that means that – on average – players have had a choice of five new games a week since the console first appeared.

By comparison, not including backwards compatibility, the Xbox One has 414 games currently available, 212 of which are indies. There are 129 backwards compatible games now active for the Xbox One as well, but 12 of those were already available for the console as downloadable titles, remasters or via Rare Replay. So through the lens of backwards compatibility, you could argue the Xbox One has 531 games.

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