At CEDEC 2020, the conference for game developers, Sony’s Kenzo Akiyama gave a presentation last week on the behavior of PS4 and PS5 users in the US, Europe, Japan and other parts of Asia (courtesy VGC for translation). He reports that the Japanese are more likely to get all the trophies in the games they usually play, suggesting that compared to other regions the Japanese play a game longer and earn more trophies in it before moving on to the next game.
As for platinum trophies, Akiyama says European and Asian players (excluding the Japanese) are more likely to achieve them. The Americans are less likely to claim the platinum trophy.
Akiyama says platinum trophies are “often” harder to earn by Asian and Japanese players compared to Western players. According to him, Asian players will show a “never give up” attitude.
Akiyama based his findings on trophies earned in games released in the previous year, ranked in the top 100 in the listed regions, and required to earn the Platinum trophy.
Free-to-play games are mostly played in Japan (compared to other regions), and far less in other parts of Asia, he says. In Europe and America, players are more likely to play online games than in Japan and other parts of Asia. The ratio of games purchased on disc to digital games is highest in Japan and lowest in the United States.
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