Leaked PlayStation Research Explains That Single-Player Games are Thriving

In leaked PlayStation internal data, we learn about how the PS5's "Activities" feature came to be and that single-player games are thriving.

By David Gill

November 30, 2020

In a report from Vice, leaked internal PlayStation data shows that single-player games are thriving. The data also breaks down how the PlayStation 5’s “Activities” section came to be.

In regards to single-player games, PlayStation points out common worries by players such as if they’ll have enough time to play a single-player game or how to talk about it without spoilers. As Sony points out, while it’d be great for everyone to spend hours playing games, most people have other responsibilities, whether it be having children or full-time jobs. With that in mind, PlayStation wondered how they can make single-player games a larger part of people’s free time.

“We can change ‘should I start playing’ to ‘which part should I start playing?'” reads a slide next to a screenshot from Uncharted. “The options are there. The choices are clear. The game is calling. Pick up that controller. It’s time to play.”

With the “Activities” section, which debuted in PlayStation’s UI video, they’ll give you time estimates for certain tasks. As PlayStation points out in the presentation, the way cards are used can vary from game to game. For something like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, you can use the cards to play a main story mission or side quest and it’ll tell you how long it takes. For other games like Astro’s Playroom and Demon’s Souls, you can use the “Activities” to jump between different levels or worlds. They can also show how far you are in getting certain collectibles. As a whole, it’s a feature that make certain things more palatable to players, whether it be getting every collectible or finishing the game’s story in between your busy life.

The PlayStation 5 is out now worldwide. Stay tuned to DualShockers for more PlayStation 5 coverage.

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