After the intensive time of the Summer Game Fest and the past major conferences, it is time to take stock. And the numbers have spoken: Xbox is statistically the big winner of this edition.
While Summer Game Fest 2022 will continue for a few more weeks, most of the event is already over. This edition has once again delighted video game fans, even if some productions are still desired. The organizers’ conference was disappointing in parts, but those from Sony and Microsoft were generous.
PlayStation’s most-watched E3 conference
With just 28 minutes of streaming, Sony broke its own record. State of Play June 2022 received more views than any of the publisher’s other E3 conferences. Not counting live views from Twitch, the PlayStation conference garnered 2.52 million views on YouTube, a number the company hadn’t reached since E3 2016 and its 2.51 million viewers. A figure that only increases very slightly when counting the number of views on the brand’s various local channels.
Then again, Sony is raising the bar outside of summertime. The last two PlayStation Showcases have garnered around 4.9 million views in 2020 and 3.9 million in 2021. A reboot is again expected for the start of the school year and given the rumours, we’re assuming audiences will be there . Sony is rumored to announce the return of inFAMOUS and Sly Cooper at their next meeting.
Xbox terrific at Summer Game Fest 2022
In terms of pure views, the big winner of Summer Game Fest 2022 is Xbox. Combining the publisher’s American channels and Bethesda’s, the green brand event has been viewed more than 5.2 million times. It must be said that this year Microsoft was particularly awaited at the turn with Starfield and Redfall and its exclusive catalogue. A few games were still missing, like Avowed and Bethesda’s Indiana Jones.
For its part, the Summer Game Fest continues to draw crowds. On social media, the event saw a peak of 3.5 million concurrent viewers and more than 27 million live streams, an 8% increase over the previous year. Obviously, Geoff Keighley is giving us a 2023 date for an edition that will openly rival E3 with a physical event.