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Steam now 65 million users strong

Valve's Steam service for PC distribution and sales has over 65 million users playing its over 3,000 games, the company announced this afternoon. That's a 30 percent increase (15 million accounts) over the last 12 months -- not too shabby! -- putting the service's userbase well above that of Microsoft's Xbox Live (which has 48 million, according to MS). Not quite the 110 million that belong to Sony's PlayStation Network, but not too shabby.

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reynod983d ago

Good job Valve and congrats on the 65 Million figure.

What i find spectacular this is all on a single platform. Plus it doesnt reset like in the case of the consoles. Where PS4 and XBone will need to make a user base from zero.

Steam numbers keep growing, PC probably will be a strong contender next gen. Specially since Sony and MS are now so much behind Steam with their new consoles.

I personally have 3 friends who went PC gaming with Steam this gen and ended up purchasing many games. All of us will be buying the next gen consoles, however this will be once the consoles actually have good exclusives. For multiplat games we shall be sticking with the PC.

jimbobwahey982d ago

Steam is a great service that's incredibly consumer friendly, it's no surprise to see more and more people flocking to it, especially as more and more online stores such as Humble Bundle offer up redeemable Steam keys in their sales.

I'm really excited to see where the service is in a few years time, it just keeps growing in strength. Hopefully EA stop trying to push their crappy Origin service and release their games on Valve's store once more as well.

decrypt982d ago

Well Steam now has 65 Million users. Both the new consoles start from scratch. I would say Steam holds a considerable advantage over any next gen console.

Specially considering, there is no divide in the Steam user base. Someone buying a new PC today can easily play a game like CS with someone sporting a 10 year old PC. Try making a PS4 user play with a PS3 user it wont work. This is where PC gaming really excels, games are much cheaper, people get to build a library without having to worry about BC and the community stands united over generations.

UltimateMaster981d ago

Wasn't it 65 million a few months ago?

GentlemenRUs982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

Steam and Sony - Knowing what the gamer wants ever since the 90's/Y2K!

khyu7777982d ago

PS3 80 million sold
x360 80 million sold
wii 100 million sold
PSP 80 million sold
DS 150 million sold

so every console has more users than steam. interesting

jimbobwahey982d ago

PC hundreds of billions sold

:D

Pandamobile982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

That's 65 million active users.

Plus Steam only accounts for like 70% of the digital PC market, so...

jeffgoldwin982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

Fyi PSP and DS are handhelds, not consoles.

To compare apples to apples, you need to compare psn and live accounts to steam accounts. Pretty irrelevant to compare hardware sales to a software base.

Corpser982d ago

Yeah "Sold" , plenty of people are on their second or third ps3 or 360. There are no 80 million active ps3 or 360 users

JasonKCK982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

Console manufacturers can only dream of having Steam's subscribers. BTW there are literally billions of PC's

2 billion next year http://technorati.com/techn... and they predict 30 billion by 2020 http://www.net-security.org...

PC hit the billion mark in 2008. http://www.engadget.com/200...

SoulSercher620982d ago

That was a dumb way of looking at it.

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steve30x982d ago (Edited 982d ago )

No Way. PC Gaming is dying right? After all a lot of console gamers are claiming Rockstar wont bring GTA V to PC because there isn't enough PC gamers or they blame Piracy (As if piracy isn't ripe on consoles too)

(Dont get your panties in a twist. I was kidding)

After all a lot of console gamers are claiming Rockstar wont bring GTA V to PC because there isn't enough PC gamers or they blame Piracy (As if piracy isn't ripe on consoles too)

decrypt982d ago

PC now holds a significant advantage over next gen consoles as there is no base.

GTA 5 being delayed on PC was console maker money. This cant last not with the way PC base has an advantage now. Plus Steam isnt even all of PC gaming, I think PC gaming has made an amazing come back and in the next gen it will be very difficult for console makers to buy out titles like that and sway developers away from PC gaming.

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