Date: December 27, 2023
By Hanna Rose
The PS3 might be 17 years old, but the Insomniac hack revealed that nearly two million people are still playing on it.
Earlier this month, Rhysida, a ransomware group, targeted Insomniac and demanded a $2 million Bitcoin payment from Sony under the threat of exposing stolen data online. Sony rejected the demand, leading to the public release of over 1.6 terabytes of information. The exposed data included Insomniac’s future game plans for the next decade, a playable version of Wolverine, and sensitive employee information like passports and HR documents.
In subsequent weeks, analysts examining the compromised data, as reported by Exputer, stumbled upon a revealing file. This file disclosed surprising statistics about the continued popularity of the PlayStation 3, even after 17 years since its release in 2006.
Remarkably, in February of this year, the PS3 boasted nearly two million active users, reaching a peak of 1.9 million. This achievement is noteworthy considering the console’s age, having been introduced when I was just six years old, and now, at 23, I find myself writing about its enduring appeal. Despite its antiquity, the PS3 retains a dedicated fan base, likely driven by the presence of cherished titles stranded on legacy hardware without native backward compatibility (excluding streaming via PS Plus).
The PS3 library includes a plethora of beloved games such as Ratchet & Clank, Infamous, Killzone 2 and 3, the God of War trilogy, Resistance, Yakuza: Dead Souls, Drakengard 3, Tokyo Jungle, and Sly Cooper, among others. Noteworthy is the fact that GTA 4 and Red Dead Redemption’s online modes are still active.
In a Reddit thread discussing the report, some of the two million active users shared their reasons for returning to their old consoles. For instance, one user, milesac, mentioned playing Oblivion and classic Spider-Man games like Web of Shadows. Others revisited titles like Deus Ex Human Revolution and Xcom Enemy Within.
“I’m one of them,” commented milesac. “[Call of Duty] Ghosts still has full lobbies sometimes. I wish any Socom game had players still. Also, GT5 is still a beautiful game to play. Especially since it works with my Logitech G29 I use on my PS5 and PS4. WWE13 is still fun. Twisted Metal too. So many classics.”
ProtoCas shared, “Still play Third Strike and Ultra Street Fighter 4 online in 2023!” Meanwhile, some expressed hope that these classics might eventually become available on the PS5. One thing is evident – the PS3 still possesses vitality, breathing life into those aging gaming experiences.
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